It was goals galore on Saturday, August 4, with teams from Richmond Athletic AFC being involved in games that saw 70 goals being scored. And that included two senior games with over ten in each, after they went to extra time and penalties due to the knock out competition. The Fresh Choice Richmond 1st team were unlucky to eventually lose 4–3 to FC Nelson in a penalty shoot-out after the regular game and extra time finished 4 each. However, the 4th Div Tasman Auto Electrics Bogans managed to secure their win over FC Nelson 4–3 on penalties after their match ended 2–2.
Elsewhere, the Fresh Choice 2nd Div Hornbills were too strong for Tahuna, Thompson Daly Chartered Accountants Thistle beat Mapua, Global Wings Travel Colts had a narrow win over Motueka, the Sprig and Fern Stags went down to Wakefield, About Beauty at Monaco Swans had a great win against Waimea College, and the Hothouse Foxes unfortunately defaulted to Nelson College for Girls.
In the Youth Division, the Helen Ruston Mike Pero U17 Development side took on Nelson College. And having played them twice this year already, the honours were shared at one win each. However, with College at the top of the points table, Richmond were keen to put on a solid performance at Jubilee Park. Richmond started the first half strongly, playing some good football and were rewarded early on with a goal to Toby Collett. College worked their way back into the game, but Richmond went further ahead midway through the first half with a goal to Marley Richardson-Hall. The second half was an even contest with both sides playing some good football.
Richmond worked hard to keep the talented and well-organised College team at bay while trying to get a 3rd goal to seal the game. The game finished 2 nil to Richmond with the whole squad making good contributions on the pitch and, in particular, Thomas Papps in goal who was solid all game and pulled off a great save late in the second half to keep a clean sheet.
Fresh Choice Richmond 1st 4 v FC Nelson 4 (3 – 4 to FC on penalties)
Fresh Choice Richmond Hornbills 6 v Tahuna 1
Thompson Daly Chartered Accountants Thistle 5 v Mapua 1
Global Wings Travel Colts 2 v Motueka 1
Sprig and Fern Stags 0 v Wakefield 3
Tasman Auto Electrics Bogans 2 v FC Nelson 2 (4 – 3 to Bogans on penalties)
About Beauty at Monaco Swans 4 v Waimea College 3
Hothouse Foxes 0 v NCG 3