WAIBOP United win­less in three

Hamilton News - - BUSINESS - Tom Row­land

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.

Photo / Grant Stan­tiall

Ella Gold­ing scored one of WAIBOP’S three goals against South­ern United on Sun­day.

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