Cambridge have beaten last season’s Waikato Women’s Division 2 champions Thames to show they’ll be among the contenders for this year’s title.
After racing to a 3-0 lead by half-time, Cambridge added a fourth and held out Thames to win the match 4-0.
Cambridge took the lead at John Kerkhof Park when Olivia Milne fed the ball to Steph Upton who rifled the ball low and into the net from the edge of the area.
Milne doubled her team’s lead after weaving through three defenders and calmly passing the ball into the net.
She added her second goal of the day when the Thames ‘keeper failed to reach her own players with a goal kick, giving Sutherland the chance to control and chip the ball back over the ‘keeper’s head.
In the second half, striker Rachel Hill broke clear and carefully placed the ball past the ‘keeper and into the net.
Coach Jamie McKean said the team played well and Georgia Bellamy-Hill and Maria Cameron deserved special mention while Milne earned Player of the Day for her two-goal contribution.
Cambridge enjoyed a great rivalry last season with Thames with the clubs filling the division’s top two places.
Meanwhile, this season’s win means Cambridge and Ngaruawahia United are the only teams in the competition with 100% winning records.
They play each other next Sunday (May 9) at Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia (11am).
Please click on the images to open to full size. Images courtesy of the club’s official photographer, Louis Roberts.