Final eight aim for semi-final berth

Western Springs and Glenfield Rovers will do battle again in the cup. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.photosport.nz

The eight remaining sides in the Women’s Knockout Cup now know who they must beat to make it into the last four after the conducting of the official draw for the quarter-finals this afternoon.

The draw was held at New Zealand Football headquarters in Auckland and features sides facing off against opponents from their own regional league in all but one fixture.

The highlight is undoubtedly the meeting between defending champions Glenfield Rovers and Western Springs, who are currently both in the top three of the NRFL Women’s Premier.

There is plenty of cup history between the two Auckland-based sides, who met each other for the trophy in 2007 with Springs breaking Glenfield hearts in a 2-1 win.

Rovers had to wait a while before earning any revenge but were eventually able to gain some last season, defeating Springs 2-0 in the semi-finals on their way to a second successive title.

Glenfield have claimed the cup in three of the last five years and were also losing finalists in 2013 while last season marked Springs’ first appearance in the semi-finals since 2008.

Springs will not have fond memories of the last time these sides met in the quarter-final stage five years ago as it was a day to forget for the club, eventual cup winners Glenfield firing in eleven unanswered goals.

The other clash in the northern region will be just as interesting to watch as NRFL Women’s Premier leaders Three Kings United play host to league rivals Forrest Hill-Milford United, who finished runners-up in the 2014 edition of the cup.

Due to their impressive league form, Three Kings will go in as favourites and have beaten fifth-placed Forrest Hill twice already this season at an aggregate score of 8-1.

In the capital, Upper Hutt City will likewise approach their trip to fellow Central League outfit Seatoun in a confident frame of mind as they are in second spot on the ladder and have recorded a pair of 1-0 wins in the most recent meetings between the sides.

Down south, Dunedin’s Roslyn Wakari will look to keep their cup dreams alive by becoming the first team to defeat Mainland Premier League leaders Cashmere Technical this season.

It will be a daunting task though as the Christchurch team has scored nearly a century of goals and conceded only six in its 12 league games so far.

All fixtures in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Knockout Cup will be played on the weekend of July 16 to 17 with the details to be confirmed by each federation.

Women’s Knockout Cup Quarter-Finals

Three Kings United vs Forrest Hill-Milford United

Western Springs vs Glenfield Rovers

Seatoun vs Upper Hutt City

Cashmere Technical vs Roslyn Wakari

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