December 13, 2009
AUCKLAND – The final of the Lion Foundation Women’s Football League will be a re-run of the last four editions with Auckland Football facing Capital Football after respective semi final wins on Sunday.
Defending champions Auckland ground out a 4-2 win over a spirited Mainland Pride, while after a goal less first half in their own semi, 2004 champions Capital Football found their scoring touch to run out 4-1 winners over Waikato-Bay of Plenty.
In a playoff for fifth place, the New Zealand U-17 side pulled away from their Football South opposition at North Harbour Stadium, coming from a goal down to eventually win 8-3 with Hannah Wong bagging four goals.
At Growers Stadium in Pukekohe, Auckland weathered an early onslaught but took the lead through Rebecca Tegg, who hooked a speculative shot from the corner of the penalty area over Noran Abaza in the Mainland goal.
Anna Green made it 2-0 after a goalmouth scramble midway through the first half, and then 3-0 with a deft finish when clear though on goal nine minutes into the second half before Sara Clapham reduced the deficit with a pin-point left foot shot into the top corner following good work from substitute Ashleigh Ward.
Rebecca Tegg nodded a perfectly-flighted Kirsty Yallop free kick past Abaza for Auckland’s fourth, and while Mainland’s Ella Wiebe made it 4-2 with two minutes to go, and Ward forced a sharp save from Victoria Esson in injury time, the Pride couldn’t force the five time champions into extra time.
In Petone a lifeless match at Memorial Park transformed itself into a goal fest after the halftime break with Capital’s Renee Leota breaking the deadlock two minutes in, and Yumi Ngyuen doubling the lead nine minutes later.
Sarah McLaughlin brought Waikato Bay of Plenty back into the game in sensational style, scoring from a wide angle 35 metres out but Terri-Amber Carlson and Hannah Wall netted within four minutes to take the game away from the visitors and set up a rematch between the only two teams to have won the National Women’s League.
The final will be played at Growers Stadium in Pukekohe next Sunday at 1pm.
Lion Foundation Women’s League
Auckland Football 4 (Rebecca Tegg 9, 82; Anna Green 27, 54)
Mainland Pride 2 (Sara Clapham 73, Ella Wiebe 88)
Capital Football 4 (Renee Leota 47, Yumi Nguyen 56, Terri-Amber Carlson 64, Hannah Wall 68)
Waikato-Bay of Plenty Football 1 (Sarah McLaughlin 58)
Playoff for fifth
New Zealand U-17 8 (Hannah Wong 22, 55, 63-pen, 72; Kate Loye 43, Olivia Chance 48, Mary Fraser 53, Brittany Dudley-Smith 90+2)
Football South 3 (Carena Oosterbaan 13, Sam Muirhead 79, 90+1)
Lion Foundation Women’s League Final
Sunday 20 December
Auckland Football v Capital Football
Bayer Growers Stadium, Pukekohe