Fraser’s goal not enough for Pride
The Canterbury United Pride lost their unbeaten start to the National Women’s Football League after going down 2-1 to a spirited Southern United at English Park on Sunday.
Down 0-2, Waimak United’s Macey Fraser came off the bench to score for the Pride but they were unable to find an equaliser and were upset at home.
The Pride can blame a slow start, as Southern dominated the early stages and were rewarded shortly after the 8th minute when Lara Wall slotted the ball past Pride Keeper, Waimak United’s Briar Guyan.
Wall then doubled the lead 10 minutes later when she turned and shot from 20 yards out, over the top of an outstretched Guyan into the top corner.
The Pride started to show some fight as the half went on, but they were unable to find the back of the net. The defending champions came out after the break looking to attack, with Annalie Longo and Aimee Philips looking dangerous on the ball. However, it was the half-time substitute, Fraser, who was given space 30 yards out and her shot was a screamer.
They couldn’t find another and the defending champions lost for the first time this season.
The Pride have also fallen down to fifth on the table after four rounds, but have already had their bye, and go on the road this weekend to face Capital in Wellington.