Team face league lead­ers next


South Waikato News - - SPORTS / TE PAPA HAKINAKINA -

Toko­roa’s ladies team had a hard-fought, but well de­served, 4-0 vic­tory over neigh­bours Man­gakino in a Waikato Cup knock­out game at Strath­more Park on Sun­day.

With one eye on top­pling un­beaten Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers this Sun­day, Toko­roa could be for­given for a lack­lus­tre start to the game, in which the home team dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but failed to cre­ate clear cut scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Young Jacinda Shaw con­tin­ued her suc­cess­ful in­tro­duc­tion to se­nior foot­ball with a goal that con­tained more than a lit­tle luck.

Mor­gan Pourau and Paige McCloskey had a stran­gle­hold on the mid­dle of the park, while Grace Cof­fin and Vic­to­ria Bow­ers-Ma­son shut down any spo­radic at­tacks by the vis­i­tors.

Man­gakino’s de­fence was res­o­lute through­out and their goal­keeper put out the best dis­play, male or fe­male, seen at Strath­more park this sea­son to keep the score 1-0 at half­time.

The sec­ond half saw Toko­roa con­tinue their dom­i­nance and Shaw and Jane Honey with a classy dou­ble, com­pleted the scor­ing.

A worry for Toko­roa would have been miss­ing two penal­ties.

This week­end sees the team in Hamil­ton to play the un­beaten Wan­der­ers fresh off a 15-0 de­mo­li­tion of Te Awa­mutu. A dif­fi­cult chal­lenge but a game the team have been look­ing for­ward to for a long time.

Kick off is 11am at Por­rit Sta­dium.

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