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Finalists found in ASB Women’s Knockout Cup

Christchurch’s Coastal Spirit and Auckland’s Glenfield Rovers will chase their first ever ASB Women’s Knockout Cup title after winning their respective semi finals in contrasting fashion this weekend.

Glenfield celebrate Hannah Wilkinson's goal. www.photosport.co.nz

August 21, 2011

AUCKLAND – Christchurch’s Coastal Spirit and Auckland’s Glenfield Rovers will chase their first ever ASB Women’s Knockout Cup title after winning their respective semi finals in contrasting fashion this weekend.

Coastal Spirit went to the wire against Waterside Karori finishing fulltime and extra time level at 1-1 before edging the Wellingtonians 5-4 in a penalty shootout to qualify for their first ever national cup final.

Glenfield reached the final for the second time in their history with a fiercly-contested 4-1 away win over Auckland rivals Eastern Suburbs.

The final originally scheduled as a double header with the final of the ASB Chatham Cup – which is now being played in Palmerston North – may be delayed a week to allow the match to be hosted in Auckland or Christchurch. New Zealand Football will make a decision on the date on Monday.

At Christchurch’s Linfield Park on Saturday, Monique Barker gave the home side the lead with scrambled effort from close range as the first half drew to an end.

Barker could have put Spirit further into the lead but missed a brace of chances early in the second half which allowed Karori to draw level when a Renee Leota Shot was eventually poked in by Terri-Amber Carlson in the 59th minute.

Neither side could find a winner in extra time and eight spot-kicks apiece were needed in the penalty shootout with Coastal Sprirt ‘keeper Lily Alfeld saving three to help her side to a 5-4 shootout victory.

In Auckland on Sunday, Eastern Suburbs and Glenfield Rovers played out a tense semi-final with Katie Rood breaking the deadlock for Rovers in the 20th minute.

Teammate Katie Bowen powered a header past Erin Naylor 12 minutes later to double the lead for the North Shore Club, who survive a scare in the 3th minute when Suburbs’ Grace Vincent was denied by the crossbar.

The home side eventually cut the lead when Rebecca Tegg burst inside her defender and blasted a shot past Lilly Ran, but Glenfield’s place in the final was made safe by late goals to substitute Hannah Wilkinson and Stephanie Skilton.

ASB Women’s Knockout Cup 2011 Semi-finals

Saturday 20 August
At Linfield Park, Christchurch
Coastal Spirit 1 (Monique BARKER 45+1’)
Waterside Karori 1 (Terri-Amber CARLSON 59’)
After extra time, 1-1 FT, 1-0 HT
Coastal Sprit win 5-4 on penalties

Sunday 21 August, 1pm
At Madills Farm, Auckland
Eastern Suburbs 1 (Rebecca TEGG 61’)
Glenfield Rovers 4 (Katie ROOD 21’, Katie BOWEN 32’, Hannah WILKINSON 85’, Stephanie SKILTON 90+3’)
Halftime 0-2

ASB Women’s Knockout Cup Final
Coastal Spirit v Glenfield Rovers
August 27/28 or September 3/4
Venue TBC

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