Springs close in on ti­tle

Central Leader - - News - By Jeremy Ruane

West­ern Springs took a gi­ant step to­wards clinch­ing their first North­ern Premier Women’s League foot­ball ti­tle at Ken Maun­der Park on Sun­day.

The 1-1 draw with Lyn­nAvon leaves West­ern Springs three points clear at the top of the ta­ble with one game to play in the ti­tle chase.

Need­ing to win the match, sec­ond-placed Lynn-Avon had their chances with Emma Kete, Am­ber Hearn and Ria Per­ci­val all guilty of squan­der­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

But 20 min­utes from time, United’s best move of the match broke the dead­lock with a low 25-me­tre drive from Kirsty Yal­lop.

Driven on by mid­field gen­eral Priscilla Dun­can and cap­tain Re­becca O’Neill, Springs didn’t give up, and were re­warded eight min­utes from time with a div­ing Re­nee Leota header.

Lynn-Avon now turn their at­ten­tion to Satur­day’s Na­tional Women’s Knock­out Cup Fi­nal at North Har­bour Sta­dium, where they take on Christchurch side West­ern from 1pm.

Out­go­ing ti­tle-hold­ers Three Kings United all but con­firmed third place with a 5-0 rout of East­ern Sub­urbs at Madills Farm.

A trip to Claude­lands Rovers on Sun­day con­cludes Three Kings’ cam­paign.

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