Ly nn-Avon women t ake ea s y win for Knock­out ti­tle num­ber eigh t

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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.

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