Samoan chal­lenge for Three Kings

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

Many fe­male foot­ballers get to re­lax this week­end, but that’s not the case for Three Kings United.

Three games in the space of a week is just what the doc­tor or­dered for coach Alan Hind­son, who wants his women’s NRFL pre­mier league side to break out of their ‘‘slump’’.

The women’s league takes a short break to soak up some of the Fifa Un­der-20 World Cup ac­tion, which has hit the knock­out stages. Hind­son’s troops, how­ever, are plan­ning to host the Samoan women’s na­tional side this week­end.

He’s made some changes in a bid to freshen things up in his squad.

‘‘We’re go­ing through a bit of a learn­ing phase at the mo­ment,’’ Hind­son says.

Three Kings got a shot at re­demp­tion last night when they played Forrest Hill- Mil­ford in the ASB Women’s Knock­out Cup at Be­croft Park.

The teams were orig­i­nally sched­uled to meet at Queen’s Birth­day week­end, but the match was called off an hour be­fore kick­off due to flood­ing.

On June 7 Forrest Hill grabbed a 3-2 victory in their NRFL fix­ture at their home venue.

‘‘It was a good game but we gave them three goals,’’ Hind­son says.

‘‘We weren’t switched on enough, and we’re bet­ter than that.’’

Tessa Leong and Isabella Richards got their names on the score­board for the vis­i­tors, but it wasn’t enough, with Forrest Hill’s Aimee Phillips scor­ing two and Tessa Berger also grab­bing a goal.

Three Kings’ next league match is against Eastern Sub­urbs at Keith Hay Park on June 21.

Three Kings’ Jessie Mathews gets the bet­ter of Forrest Hill-Mil­ford’s Chloe Knott.

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