Club football: Invercargill’s Queens Park in the winner’s circle again

Queens Park's Emmanuel Ndlovu in action against Grant Braes (Dunedin) during the Chatham Cup match at ILT Football Turf in Invercargill on Saturday.

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Queens Park’s Emmanuel Ndlovu in action against Grant Braes (Dunedin) during the Chatham Cup match at ILT Football Turf in Invercargill on Saturday.

Seven days after conceding a historic victory, Queens Park are back in the winner’s circle this time in Chatham Cup action.

Invercargill-based Queens Park put up an impressive performance at ILT Turf on Saturday by beating Dunedin Club Grant Braes in the first round of New Zealand Football’s Chatham Cup knockout competition.

Queens Park led 4-0 at half-time before claiming a 7-0 victory to advance to the second round of the Chatham Cup.

It has been a special fortnight, given that seven days earlier Queens Park recorded their first victory in the 2022 Southern Premier League competition with a 4-2 victory over Green Island.

Queens Park's Tima Taylor in action against Grant Braes (Dunedin) during the Chatham Cup first round match at the ILT Football Turf in Invercargill.

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Queens Park’s Tima Taylor in action against Grant Braes (Dunedin) during the Chatham Cup first round match at the ILT Football Turf in Invercargill.

It was Queens Park AFC’s first victory at this level since they last appeared in the competition in 1996.

While Queens Park got the job done on Saturday, it was a tougher day for other Southland sides in the Chatham Cup first round. The Old Boys lost 13-2 to Northern, while Gore Wanderers were beaten 6-0 by a strong Roslyn side.

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