Chaddy Park v Central United ( New Zealand )
New Zealand Champions visit England July 2008 and play Chadderton Park
On Sunday 27th July our U15's team entertained Central United F.C. at Chapel Road Astroturf pitch. Central United are from Auckland New Zealand and are in England to compete in the finals of the Nike / Manchester United world tournament next month at Carrington. To get this far they had to win the New Zealand group of the competition and then beat the winners of the Australia and Japan groups. In all, over 7000 teams took part in these group stages.
Despite having made a 24 hour plane journey and only arriving in England the previous day, Central started the brighter of the two teams and scored the opening goal within 30 seconds of the kick off. It was the wake up call the Chadderton Park needed and within 10 minutes they were level with the equalising goal coming from Greg Ham. After that the game could have gone either way with both sides creating good chances although the Central keeper was the busier of the two keepers. All Chadderton’s good work was undone just before half time when they conceded a penalty and despite keeper Ryan Flynn getting a hand to the spot kick, the ball trickled over the line for what turned out to be the winning goal.
Prior to the kick off the Central United players performed the Haka in true Maouri warrior style that will be long remembered by all those who saw it