Capital Football lead the ASB Women’s League after comfortably beating WaiBOP 7-2 in Sunday’s match at St Peter’s School, Cambridge.
The win means Capital are the only side with a perfect record after two rounds while WaiBOP remain winless, having drawn their opening fixture against Central the week before.
The round two game got off to a wild start with five goals in the opening 16 minutes.
WaiBOP scored first when Chelsea Elliott neatly set up Tessa Leong who slid the ball past Capital ‘keeper Corina Brown in the 5th minute.
But goals from Capital’s Michaela Robertson (2), Emma Rolston and Tessa McPherson in an eight-minute burst gave the visitors a 4-1 lead, leaving WaiBOP gasping for air in the hot conditions.
Elliott reduced the deficit to 4-2 with a 26th minute penalty, awarded when Kerri Gerrits was held back by a defender, Two minutes later, Rolston added her second for Capital.
In the second half, Rolston completed her hat-trick and Caitlin Campbell added her side’s final goal.
Afterwards, WaiBOP coach Simon Mead said: ‘It’s disappointing to make fundamental errors but we did and the other team were good enough to capitalise on them. We’ve got a week to regroup and start again.”
Capital’s coach Paul Greig said: “For 25 minutes, we really achieved what we’d been talking about which was to be clinical.”
WaiBOP travel to Auckland at Labour Weekend for a clash between the league’s lowest-placed teams. A win will keep either side in reach of a possible semi final berth while a loss will make it difficult to remain in contention.
Photo: Grant Stantiall.
Here’s a movie of WaiBOP’s goals
Photographs from the match (by Grant Stantiall).
Match programme here.