WAIBOP United winless in three
WAIBOP United remain without a point after four rounds of the National Women’s league, despite a spirited performance against Southern United.
In their first two games of the season, they conceded five goals against Auckland, before another six against Canterbury with their bye in third week coming at just the right time.
Against Southern, the team showed signs of improvement upfront, but were again caught out on the counter attack, at times having only one defender back to cover three attackers. Both home and away fans made their way north to Papakura due to venue unavailability in Hamilton, where new WAIBOP signing Shae Brady also made her first start.
The first half was largely dominated by Southern; however, WAIBOP were doing enough to prevent themselves from falling behind.
Several important saves and interceptions from the WAIBOP goalkeeper and defenders were the only thing preventing them from falling behind early on in the first half, but the constant pressure from Southern soon paid off, as Emily Morison broke the deadlock just before the break.
WAIBOP, who had not scored so far this season, countered back straight away as Shae Brady bundled her way through a series of challenges to tie the game at 1-1.
The joy was short lived however, as Lara Wall was left in acres of space on the left wing and put Southern United 2-1 up at halftime.
Southern came out firing on all cylinders after the break with Shontelle Smith hitting a shot from 40 yards out to try and test Georgia Candy in the WAIBOP goal.
Candy could not keep out Southerns’ next attack however, as Mikayla Gray stabbed her rebounded shot home to put Southern 3-1 up.
Kirsty Hayr then grabbed a fourth for Southern, putting the result beyond doubt.
WAIBOP continued to show some fight with Ella Golding grabbing a second goal for the home side, but Southern again countered with a goal of their own through Ruby Anderson.
Grace Wisnewski added a third for Waibop to add some late nerves to the game, but Ruby Anderson put any hopes of a comeback beyond doubt with a late header, giving Southern United the 6-3 win.
Ella Golding scored one of WAIBOP’S three goals against Southern United on Sunday.