Women overcome Swifts to go into next round of Waikato Cup

Cambridge are through to the second round of the Waikato Women’s Cup after a 5-0 win against local rivals Matamata Swifts.

Cambridge coach Andrew Taylor anticipated a tough game as the Swifts play in Waikato A, a division higher than Cambridge who are currently second in Waikato B.

But the home side were good for their win due to an impressive all-round performance at a sunny John Kerkhof Park.

The goal of the day was the opener for Cambridge after 24 minutes when Rachel Hill backheaded a cross into the box for Chloe Zuppicich to neatly head over the Matamata ‘keeper and into the net.

That settled down the team and Maddie Burnett and Maria Cameron started to get control of the midfield.

The side’s two leading goalscorers, Astrid Howarth and Rachel Hill, both grabbed two goals each, pushing the final scoreline out to 5-0.

While the scoreline flattered Cambridge, the win also required solid defence from Chrissy Goodin and captain goalkeeper Jen Hull who made several important saves against her former club.

Coach Taylor named Gemma Martin as his Hill Homes Player of the Day.

Next Sunday, Cambridge revert to league competition and will meet Waikato Unicol in a match that will decide whether Cambridge win promotion to division A for the second stage of the season.

Main photo: Hill Homes Player of the Day Gemma Martin takes on a Matamata defender.

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