Cambridge and Huntly Thistle may be at the lower end of the Waikato Women’s Division 1 table but their 3-3 draw at John Kerkhof Park showed there’s plenty of youthful talent in both teams.
Playing in fog (which required floodlight assistance), the two sides played end-to-end football, providing 90 minutes of entertainment to spectators.
Sophee Rapson-Jones scored first for Cambridge and a second from Kym Thomasen gave the home side a 2-1 lead which was protected by brave goalkeeping from Annie Martin.
However the speed of Huntly’s forwards came to the fore in the second half and the visitors levelled 2-2 and then went ahead with only 15 minutes remaining.
Down 3-2, Cambridge would have dropped to the foot of the table if they couldn’t find the net again.
Late, referee David Ireland awarded Cambridge a free kick on the edge of the Thistle penalty area.
Rapson-Jones measured it up and curled a delightful shot just inside the near post to beat the ‘keeper and secure a valuable draw for her side.
Thomasen was named Hill Homes Player of the Day.
Next weekend, the women have no fixture as all women’s football is suspended for the Queen’s Birthday Holiday weekend.
Photo gallery 1
The following images were taken by the club’s official photographer Louis Roberts: