Full prize cabinet at Cashmere Tech after another dominant football season
Cashmere Technical put the exclamation mark on an unbeaten three-tournament campaign when they completed another Mainland Premier League-English Cup double by beating Christchurch United 2-0 in the final last Saturday.
That success means the club formed in 2012 has ownership of 4 prizes.
They also hold the Hurley Guard – Christchurch football’s version of the Ranfurly Guard – plus the South Island Championship prize after beating Football South Premier League winner Green Island 4-1 in Dunedin.
Just the Chatham Cup is missing from their silverware cabinet at Garrick Park, and potentially just since Covid-19 ensured the competition could not be held this year.
Cashmere Technical’s defence of the league crown was so emphatic, they won the 21-round competitors by 21 points, amassed 82 objectives and yielded a simple 13 while racking up 19 wins.
” It’s obviously been a very effective season,” stated Nicholls, who switched focus to 3-3 and 2-2 stalemates with Ferrymead Bays and Nomads respectively.
” We were on the verge of losing them, but we kept going and ended up getting something out of those games.
” As far as the league was concerned it didn’t actually matter but for the boys to keep that loss column zero was a wonderful effort.
” We yielded three in the first 25 minutes at Garrick Park on damp, windy, terrible day.
” We managed to get one back prior to halftime, we kept plugging away and we managed to score twice in the last seven minutes.”
Garbhan Coughlan netted the point-salvaging double while Danny Boys equalised in included time in the final match of the regular season to ward off Wanderers.
The goal excess was spread around with Lyle Matthysen the league’s top scorer with 19, Coughlan produced 12 while Japanese newbie Yuka Taguchi and Andy Tuckey got 10 apiece.
Cashmere Technical have actually not lost in the league because the opening round last season, when they lost 2-1 to Ferrymead Bays.
Nicholls associated the 34-game unbeaten streak to a cohesive team blessed with the experience of 200-game veterans Dan and Tom Schwarz and Danny Knights.
Coach Dean Hutchinson has actually also been at the helm since 2016 after succeeding John Brown.
” The turnover isn’t high, that is a huge part of it,” Nicholls stated.
” We have actually likewise got a really successful reserve side too, that makes sure the first string do not get complacent.”
Cashmere Technical were also unbeaten in 2018 when the league was played over two rounds – but they were knocked out of the Chatham Cup at the semi-final phase so this campaign was one for the history books.
And now the challenge is to maintain those high standards in 2021.
” It’s a concern we constantly ask ourselves,” Nicholls said.
” We’ll provide it a couple of weeks rest and then we’ll sit down, start talking about that and see where we go.”