Toko­roa set sights on cre­at­ing up­set

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By DEAN TEREU

Toko­roa ladies warmed up for their David and Go­liath bat­tle against A grade Cam­bridge in the cup semi­fi­nal this Sun­day, with a hard fought 3- 3 draw against un­beaten Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers in a top of the ta­ble B Grade match.

Toko­roa will be buoyed by the fact they were able to dom­i­nate the cham­pi­ons and took a de­served 2-0 lead into the break with goals from Jenny Chang and a real col­lec­tors item from stal­wart Mel Lu­nam.

The sec­ond half saw Wan­der­ers use the con­di­tions to their ad­van­tage with a well taken goal be­fore young­ster Jacinda Shaw con­tin­ued her fine de­but sea­son with another goal to give Toko­roa a 3-1 lead deep into the sec­ond half. Two break away goals will have dis­ap­pointed the Toko­roa coach­ing staff although the 3-3 draw gives them plenty of con­fi­dence head­ing into the big semi­fi­nal. Megan Jones was named player of the day with a brave dis­play be­tween the sticks.

Cam­bridge are a solid all round side, with pace and strength out wide and a solid core of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers. It will take the great­est per­for­mance in the his­tory of woman’s foot­ball in Toko­roa to make the fi­nal, but this team has been build­ing all year and an up­set is not im­pos­si­ble. A large con­tin­gent of trav­el­ling sup­port­ers will be there to roar on our girls and it wasn’t that long ago that Ger­many beat Brazil 7-1 in a semi­fi­nal – mir­a­cles can hap­pen.

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