May 6, 2012
Auckland – Christchurch’s Coastal Spirit began their quest to return to the ASB Women’s Knockout Cup in responding fashion on Sunday with a 6-0 qualification round win over Waimak United in Kaiapoi, on a weekend laden with one-sided results around the country.
Last year’s beaten finalists made light work of their first division hosts with five different goal scorers including Hayley McKnight who bagged a late brace.
The Auckland region produced the weekend’s biggest winners with Northern League side Three Kings United easily accounting for Onehunga Sports 12-0 led by a four goal haul to Morany Chek.
Fellow Northern League clubs Pukekohe and Eastern Suburbs also neared double figures in wins over lower league opposition with Lisa Wooles netting four goals in Pukekohe’s 7-0 win at Metro, and a Renee Leota hat trick leading the way in Suburbs’ 8-0 home win over Papatoetoe.
Central League side Valeron Wanderers were given a scare by Lower Hutt’s Stop Out who scored first in Palmerston North only to fall 3-1.
Auckland first division side Manukau City made up for lost time after a ten year absence in the competition, beating Manurewa 4-2 thanks to goals from Olga Sagatu, Rosie Leota and two from June Seumanutafa.
In a much closer affair between two Mainland Premier League sides Halswell beat Western 2-1 in Christchurch while in the game of the round, Ellerslie edged fellow Auckland-Northern conference side Onehunga Mangere 3-2 in South Auckland.
The hosts were 2-1 ahead at the break thanks to goals to Jamie Osborne and Courtney Napa but Maree Blair and Petra Wedlake added to Sarah Menzies’ first half effort to see the side through to Monday’s draw for the first round proper to be played on May 19 and 20.