Springs close in on title
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.