Scots First Time Trevor Rigby Cup Champions
Scots College have won the Trevor Rigby Cup for the first time, dethroning reigning champions Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS) 2-0 at Petone Memorial Park last night.
HIBS started positively by winning early corners, but unfortunately they had minimal impact.
The departure of Cole Kennedy, appearing in his third consecutive decider for HIBS, was a cruel and telling blow.
Kennedy strode down the left wing, but pulled up lame, conceding the ball meekly over the sideline. A defender short, Scots threw the ball in quickly and advanced proceedings to the edge of the penalty area and won a free kick.
Joseph Lee stepped forward and sent a cracking drive past the outstretched right-arm of HIBS keeper Liam Ferrier and it was 1-0 to Scots at halftime.
The second-half followed a similar pattern with HIBS pressing and Scots steadfast. HIBS skipper Grant Baker played himself to a standstill (substituted after 70 minutes) while defender Charlie Wilson pushed forward often.
However the MVP of the final and Golden Boot winner in 2019, Raphael Le’ai effectively settled the contest with about 15 minutes left when he burst vigorously down the left side and was toppled in the box earning a penalty. The Solomon Island Under 17 representative converted, despite Ferrier anticipating the correct direction of the shot.
George Sladden was a strong presence at the back and fine leader for Scots who finished the season with three wins against HIBS.
There was a first time winner in the Premier Reserve final as well with Kapiti College defeating Onslow College 4-2 in a penalty shootout after scores were tied 3-3 at full time.
A strong wind had an obvious impact on dribbling and distribution, but neither team used it to good effect.
In the first-half, Onslow had the breeze at their backs, but would turn 3-1 down at the interval.
Onlsow broke through initially, but a quick riposte by Lockie Fay, Mos Samakswee and Samuel Kingi placed Kapiti in command.
Onslow’s Ramsey Tawngdee was one of the standout attackers and his industry willed Onslow back into the contest when he reduced the deficit to 3-2 with 15 minutes to go. Centre back Lockie Fay deserved acclaim for his efforts too.
The last act of play in regulation would be a source of controversy. An Onslow player flicked the ball knee high and into the hand of a Kapiti defender which saw a penalty awarded. Onslow converted and the game headed into the shootout.
Kapiti keeper Kokoro Frost was the hero of the shootout blocking two of Onslow’s shots and taking an attempt himself.