The class of Queenstown’s expat football community was on show in the first round of the Radio Central Football Cup at the weekend before last.

Defending champions Lakes United Scots and Irish migrants made light work of a patched-up Cromwell team thinned by Covid.

Up two goals within minutes, the final 9-1 score underlined the the favourite’s credentials.

In all-Queenstown encounters, the Brazilian-influenced Falcons beat GLTU 3-0, while Classics beat Wakatipu 6-5 on penalties after a one-all draw.

In Wanaka, the Uruguayan Charruas had to fight by a spirited Wanaka 2nds combination before winning 4-1.

Alexandra and Teviot teams are not participating because of relying on seasonal labour but will be in the league contest at the month’s end.

Convener Shane Norton said “the standard of play was very high considering the season’s start and searing temperatures.”

He was pleased that the refs were given due respect.

First round winners now play off for final places, while first-round losers will contest the plate.