Rovers rub out Gore in Cup quest


Queenstown’s football team is through to the last 16 of the national cup for the first time in its history.

Rovers men beat Gore Wanderers 3-1 with an attacking, dominant performance in the Chatham Cup game at the Events Centre oval on Saturday.

Goals from Niall Malone, Jan Kumar and Matt Cordelle saw Rovers progress.

Rovers now host Caversham in the next round on July 16.

Coach Jamie Whitmarsh says: “There’s always an air of tension, the further you go in a cup competition.

“But we dominated the game and could have got more.”

Rovers went behind to a well-struck free kick from Gore’s Frank De Jong but before the break equalised from a free kick themselves.

Malone stepped up to bend a great shot over the wall from the edge of the box after Daniel De Souza was brought down.

“It was only a matter of time for us then,” Whitmarsh says.

In the second half, Rovers stepped up a gear and took the lead when Kumar side-footed in the bottom corner. Cordelle sealed the win with a delightful curling shot over the keeper from the edge of the box.

“It was a really good performance - we’ve got a way of playing that promotes technical attacking football and that holds us in good stead.”

Rovers had actually lost to Gore in the league two weeks ago, their first league defeat in 18 months.

“We didn’t do anything right but sometimes you just have to accept you’ll have an off day.

“We always felt confident we’d have enough to get beyond them.”

Whitmarsh reckons Rovers are underdogs going into the next round.

Rovers beat Old Boys 4-0 in a crucial league match on Wednesday night.