Ly nn-Avon women t ake ea s y win for Knockout title number eigh t
Lynn-Avon United and Western Springs took out top honours as the women’s football season came to an end over the weekend.
The Lynn-Avon women romped to a 6-2 victory over Christchurch-based Western in the National Women’s Knockout Cup fi nal at North Harbour Stadium.
The cl ub claimed the title for a record-breaking eighth time.
Three goals in eight minutes halfway through the first half set up their victory, with Melissa Ray, Amber Hearn and Katie Hoyle fi nding the net.
Halftime substitute Vicki Rainbow bashed home a fourth goal seven minutes into the second spell.
And after Western had pulled a goal back through Bridgette Lawry, United struck twice in 90 seconds through Emma K ete and Hayley Moorwood to extend their advantage to 6-1.
Aimee Phillips’ speculative last-minute score provided a consolation goal for the visitors.
The match may have brought the curtain down on the two-decade career of Lynn-Avon stalwart Terry McCahill, who has been a central fi gure in all eight of her team’s triumphs since the competition started in 1994.
Captain Kirsty Yallop was the match’s most valuable player and had the pleasure of lifting the cup after the game.
Taking out the symbol of national supremacy in women’s club football also makes Lynn-Avon one of the Central Leader’s picks for team of the season.
They share honours with newly-crowned northern premier women’s league champions Western Springs.
Springs came from behind to claim their fi rst title on Friday evening, thumping Eastern Suburbs 7-1.
Jamie Hackett, Leanne Tiffen and Rosie White scored two goals apiece and Hannah Wall also found the mark for the new champions, after Marlies Oostdam had given Suburbs a fourth minute lead.
Springs needed a point from that match to be sure of the title as a result of Lynn- Avon crushing dethroned champions Three Kings United 8- 0 last We dnesday.
Following the loss to LynnAvon, Three Kings suffered another loss to Hamiltonbased Claudeland Rovers 42 on Sunday.
C h a m p i o n s :
Lynn- Avon captain Kirsty Ya llop holds up the National Wo men’s Knockout Cup at Nor th Harbour Stad i u m o n S a t u r d ay. I t ’s t h e e i g h t h t i m e t h e c l u b h a s c o m e away w i t h t h e t r o p hy.