Capital and WaiBOP stay in the hunt

Capital's Maggie Jenkins is congratulated on her wonder strike. National Women’s League, Round 3, Auckland Football Federation v Capital Football, William Green Domain, Auckland, Sunday 30th October 2016. Copyright Photo: David Joseph /

Capital and WaiBOP Football remain in the hunt for the National Women’s League playoffs after recording wins over Auckland and Central today respectively.

Auckland went into their home match against Capital still to register a win after losses to Canterbury and Northern but the visitors were too good prevailing 3-1 at William Green Domain.

Meanwhile Central, also still to get on the board with a win in 2016, went down 4-1 to a classy WaiBOP outfit at Memorial Park in Palmerston North.

Capital, who began round three in third place on the ladder, continued to impress and stay on the heels of the leaders Northern, who won comfortably 8-0 away at Southern, and Canterbury United Pride who had the bye this weekend.

“Today was really good,” said Sam Morrissey, the co-coach of Capital Football. “The game was really fast paced so in this heat I don’t know how they managed to keep up that sort of pace.”

Briar Palmer opened the scoring for Capital after 25 minutes when the visitors dominated the early exchanges. Right on the stroke of half-time Maggie Jenkins made it 2-0 with a superb free kick.

Auckland fought their way back into the match but Capital put it to bed when Michaela Robertson scored in the 74th minute. The hosts, who went down 4-3 last weekend in the Battle of the Bridge, scored a consolation goal through Hannah Kraakman in the 84th minute.

“We are really happy to have managed seven points from our opening three games and we did well to overcome Auckland today. We managed to score the goals that we needed.”

Meanwhile further south in Palmerston North, WaiBOP were straight back into action after the bye last weekend.

The visitors were clinical in their 4-1 win over Central who contended well for long periods in the second half but could not match WaiBOP in the attacking third.

“We are definitely happy with the result, putting in four goals and the performance was good,” said WaiBOP coach Barry Gardiner.

“The first half in particular we knocked the ball around well and we stuck to our game plan which caused them problems. But full credit to Central they made life difficult for us in the second half, but overall we are happy with the final result.”

Kim Maguire got WaiBOP off to the ideal start when she scored after just five minutes and Sarah Krystman made it 2-0 with a strike from outside of the box in the 40th minute.

Central continued to fight their way back into the match but their spirits were broken when Maguire effectively killed the game off when she scored her second in the 56th minute to make it 3-0.

Central found the back of the net for the first time in the 2016 campaign when an awesome strike by Hannah Robert in the 59th minute was too good for the WaiBOP keeper but the joy was short-lived.

An 88th minute goal to Leah Gubb for WaiBOP Football sealed a memorable win and keeps the 2011 finalists right in the hunt for the National Women’s League title.

Round Four of the National Women’s League sees a top of the table clash between Northern and Canterbury United Pride, WaiBOP will host Auckland and Capital will look to get their first win against Southern United. Central have the bye.

National Women’s League Round Three Results
Auckland 1 (Hannah Kraakman 84’) Capital 3 (Briar Palmer 25’, Maggie Jenkins 45’, Michaela Robertson 74’)
HT 0 – 2

Central 1 (Hannah Robert 59’) WaiBOP 4 (Kim Maguire 5’, 56’ Sarah Krystman 40’, Leah Gubb 88’)
HT 0- 2

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