Cambridge’s women’s team have finally lost their first Waikato Women’s League fixture, ending a 10-match winning streak that began in April.
The team lost 3-1 to nearest rivals Ngaruawahia United at John Kerkhof Park, a result that sets up a nailbiter of a finish to the second division season.
Ngaruawahia now lead Cambridge by three points but have played one fixture more.
Ngaruawahia have a slightly better goal difference – by a mere two goals – suggesting the title could be decided by one or two goals scored by either side during the remainder of their fixture schedules.
Ngaruawahia took the initiative in the opening minutes of Sunday’s game, scoring in the 8th minute to end Cambridge’s fine defensive record in which they had not conceded a goal in eight-and-a-half hours of play.
The visitors went into half-time with their 1-0 lead but then doubled the advantage with a goal after 58 minutes.
A penalty gave Ngaruawahia a 3-0 lead in the 77th minute.
Cambridge cut the deficit to 3-1 with an Olivia Milne penalty with five minutes remaining.
Player of the Day was goalkeeper Romi Brassesco.
Cambridge travel to Melville United’s Gower Park next Sunday July 18 (11am).
Main photo: Cambridge captain Steph Upton takes on the Ngaruawahia midfield.
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Updated table to come.