Springs women en­joy scor­ing spree

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

There were goals ga­lore in the North­ern Women’s Pre­mier Foot­ball League on Satur­day.

West­ern Springs came out well on top at Fred Tay­lor Park, over­com­ing Waitakere City 6-1.

The vis­i­tors found them- selves ahead 4-0 in the first 15 min­utes, thanks to goals from Jamie Hack­ett, Leanne Tif­fen, Annabelle Bramwell and Jesse Ver­don.

Fur­ther goals by Hack­ett and Tif­fen ex­tended Springs’ lead, while Ta­nia Old­field slot­ted a con­so­la­tion goal for Waitakere.

The win leaves West­ern Springs three points clear of Lynn-Avon, who came from be­hind to de­stroy East­ern Sub­urbs 8-1 at Madills Farm.

And across town at Keith Hay Park, Three Kings United drew 2-2 with Glen­field Rovers.

Rovers got off to the per­fect start, scor­ing af­ter 18 sec­onds through Caitlin Camp­bell and dou­bled their ad­van­tage in the 66th minute thanks to Lisa Kemp.

But Three Kings weren’t to be de­nied, scor­ing two goals in four min­utes.

Merissa Smith net­ted their first in the 78th minute, while Lauren Murray sent the sec­ond home soon af­ter to earn the reign­ing champs a share of the spoils.

This Sun­day West­ern Springs face Lynn-Avon in the semi­fi­nal of the Na­tional Women’s Knock­out Cup from 1pm at Sed­don Fields.

The win­ner will ei­ther play cen­tral re­gion cham­pi­ons Seatoun or Christchurch­based West­ern. A tough run home is mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for the Mt Al­bert Li­ons league side in the Fox Me­mo­rial se­ries.

The Li­ons are sec­ond-equal with one round to play be­fore the fi­nals, fol­low­ing a 24-24 draw with East Coast Bays on Satur­day.

And on top of that, they face the num­ber-one ranked Otahuhu side this week­end.

Otahuhu re­main un­beaten since the top eight teams were de­cided in July.

If the Li­ons lose, they’ll be re­ly­ing on North­cote to up­set East Coast Bays to se­cure sec­ond spot. Fin­ish­ing in the top two gives teams more lives dur­ing the four-week fi­nals se­ries, which is sim­i­lar NRL’s sys­tem.

Mt Al­bert suf­fered their first loss of the sea­son two weeks ago against Glenora.

In other Fox ac­tion Marist are set to fin­ish in the lower half of the top eight af­ter go­ing down to Glenora 8-4.

And in the sec­ond-tier Shar­man Cup com­pe­ti­tion, for­mer lead­ers Rich­mond lost to How­ick 30-4.

Mean­while, Pon­sonby took out Paku­ranga 26-18, while Bay Roskill drew with Ma­nurewa 26-26.

In the Fox Me­mo­rial this Satur­day, Mt Al­bert play Otahuhu at Bert Hen­ham Park and Marist visit Te Atatu at Jack Colvin Park.

In the Shar­man Cup Bay Roskill lock horns with How­ick at Block­house Bay Re­serve, Rich­mond host Eller­slie at Grey Lynn Park and Pon­sonby face Man­gere East at Wal­ter Massey Park.

All matches start 2.30pm.

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