May 20. 2012
AUCKLAND – A plucky Manukau City took Western Springs to extra time in the first round proper of the ASB Women’s Knockout Cup before losing 3-1 to the 2007 champions on Sunday.
Two divisions below Springs in Auckland’s first division, Manukau took a first half lead against the Northern League side through Olga Sagatu, although a second half strike from Lilly Rose Dyer kept the visitors alive.
A second to Dyer in extra time and a goal to Ruby Kleyer eventually broke the back of Manukau’s challenge and earned springs a place in next week’s draw for the second round.
Three Kings United enjoyed a far easier time against non-Northern League opposition smashing 10 unanswered goals past Ellerslie with Football Fern Annalie Longo leading the way with a four goal haul.
In Christchurch, a Hannah Wong hat trick inspired Cashmere Technical to a 6-0 win over Halswell on Saturday, while last season’s runners up Coastal Spirit continued their charge towards the August 28 final with a 3-1 home win over FC Twenty 11 and further south Dunedin Technical got the Football South region underway with a 2-0 win over Queenstown Rovers.
Hibiscus Coast were the biggest victors on the weekend, dispatching Kerikeri High School 14-0 with Natalie Cyra and Lauren Daly both grabbing hat tricks to earn the Coast a tie against defending champions Glenfield Rovers in the next round on Queens’ Birthday weekend.
In the Capital, Rosie Morgan scored twice in extra time to give Palmerston North’s Valeron Wanderers a 3-2 win over Marist. Morgan netted in the 101st and 104th minutes for Valeron who then conceded a penalty with nine minutes remaining to set up a nervy finish.
The ASB Women’s Knockout Cup is played along federation lines until the quarterfinals and becomes an open national draw at the semi final stage.
view all the First Round results