Second-half fightback gives women important win in title chase

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Cambridge have extended their unbeaten run to eight matches in the Waikato Women’s Second Division with a 3-1 win against third-placed Te Awamutu.

But Cambridge had to come from behind at John Kerkhof Park, with three second-half goals.

Cambridge went into the match placed second in a pool of four teams playing off, home and away, for the second division title. Unlike the full round-robin that determined the four play-off teams, there are no easy games at this stage of the season.

So it proved as the teams shared a goalless first half.

Te Awamutu broke the deadlock five minutes into the second spell, taking a 1-0 lead.

Cambridge’s response took only two minutes. Sophie Young crossed into the box for striker Astrid Howarth to level the scores with her 13th goal of the season.

On the hour, Howarth found her 14th of the year when she converted a cross from Olivia Sutherland – the first time in the game that Cambridge had been in front.

With 10 minutes left, Marie O’Neill put the result beyond doubt, when she got on the end of a pass from captain Steph Upton to make it 3-1.

The Hill Homes Player of the Day was Sophie Young.

This Cambridge side is proving itself every week, having only lost one game so far this season (in June).

Notably, the Cambridge defence has conceded a mere eight goals in their 10 competition games – easily the best in the competition.

Next up, they’ll face competition leaders Thames in their biggest test of the season so far.


Cambridge 3 Te Awamutu 1

Te Awamutu Pink Ladies 4 Thames 5

League table


Next fixtures

Next Sunday (August 30),  Cambridge travel to competition leaders Thames for a 1pm game.

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