Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers through to quar­ter-fi­nals

Hamilton News - - Front Page - Tom Row­land

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers pre­mier women’s team are into the quar­ter-fi­nal of the Kate Shep­pard Cup af­ter a 4-1 win over One­hunga Sports in Hamil­ton on Sun­day.

Wan­der­ers women’s side are al­ready see­ing suc­cess in the pre­mier league af­ter two years of be­ing in­volved in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tles, but now they are just three wins away from po­ten­tial sil­ver­ware.

The team has gone through some player changes with Michaela Foster join­ing the blue side of Hamil­ton for sev­eral games. The for­mer New Zealand Un­der 17 women’s foot­ball cap­tain is on se­mes­ter break from the Uni­ver­sity of San Diego.

How­ever, Wan­der­ers also lost Jay­den Watts who made the switch to Auck­land side Pa­pakura FC.

One move that has been pay­ing off for the team, how­ever, is the po­si­tional change of Chelsea El­liot.

The for­mer striker has rein­vented her­self as a cen­tre back, and has helped with Wan­der­ers build up play from the back.

Wan­der­ers were on the front foot for the ma­jor­ity of the first half.

Ella Gold­ing was able to cap­i­talise on good build-up from her team­mates and put the home side up early.

Kelli Brown was sec­ond on the score sheet for Wan­der­ers af­ter us­ing her pace to get past the One­hunga de­fence and slot the ball past the keeper.

Katie Wil­liams, who was hav­ing a strong game, was caught off guard by One­hunga’s at­tack and miss-played a pass which led straight to a goal for One­hunga, al­low­ing them a life line back into the game.

Af­ter a nervy sec­ond half, Kelli Brown showed her class again, beat­ing two de­fend­ers and round­ing the keeper from an acute an­gle and slot­ting the ball home for Wan­der­ers third.

It was a dream end for Wan­der­ers as Brown was able to play the ball into the box with Michaela Foster slam­ming home the cross for her first goal for the club.

Photo / Grant Stan­tiall

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers women’s team in ac­tion at Porritt Sta­dium, Hamil­ton.

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