Cambridge’s women’s team overcame a misfiring first half to storm home for a 5-1 victory against Northern United in the opening game of the 2021 Waikato Women’s Division 2 season.
In the first half at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge fluffed a succession of chances despite patient build-up and good positioning of their forwards.
But 15 minutes into the game, Northern United broke clear with their first goalscoring chance and despite Cambridge ‘keeper Romi Brassesco getting an outstretched hand to the ball, it still sneaked inside the post.
The teams turned around with Cambridge down 1-0 and it did not take long for the home side to bounce back.
First, Sophee Rapson-Jones levelled from the penalty spot (see main photo).
Then Rachel Hill put Cambridge ahead, scoring twice in quick succession.
Mariela Robledo made it 4-1 with a well-taken header and Kym Thomasen finished the scoring when she added Cambridge’s fifth.
Coach Jamie McKean named Auryn Maroney as his Player of the Day.
Cambridge has a bye next weekend and the team’s next game will be in the first round of the Waikato Women’s Cup, to be played on Sunday April 25.
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