Queenstown Rovers right back Steve Henderson (right) slides in to tackle opposing striker Ricardo Boeri of Timaru’s West End – and gets a set of studs in his left hip for his efforts (bottom right).
But Henderson had the last laugh on the visitors last Saturday as the premier soccer team overpowered their lower-division opponents 8-1 during their Chatham Cup opener at the Events Centre.
“The first half they made a little hard for us but once we got a couple of goals under our belt we relaxed more and put our foot on the gas and just kept scoring goals,” says Henderson, who’s also acting coach of the Rovers.
“We were better prepared, fitter and across the park we had better players. But that’s what we love about [cup] football – pitting the minnows against the biggies. Last week we were the biggies and this weekend we are the minnows.”
The Rovers play premier league leaders Dunedin Technical at 2.45pm on Saturday at the Events Centre, and round two of the Chatham Cup, a national knockout competition, against Otago University at home on Queen’s Birthday Monday at 2pm.
In other matches played, Rovers Reserves beat Wakatipu United 9-3, Central Galaxy drew with Alexandra 5-5 and Southern Lakes was beaten 3-1 by Wanaka. This Saturday Wakatipu United and the Rovers Reserves square off at home against Central Galaxy and Wanaka AFC respectively at 1pm, while Southern Lakes play Alexandra away at 2pm.