A huge win by the Cambridge women’s team has kept them in contention to take this year’s Waikato Women’s second division title.
The side beat Mangakino United 14-1 and with only one league fixture remaining, the title race looks certain to go to the wire.
The margin of the win was important because the league title is likely to be decided by goal difference in the event that Cambridge and rivals Ngaruawahia United are tied on points.
The title outcome will come down to whether Cambridge can beat bottom-placed Claudelands Rovers next week by a margin that’s three goals greater than Ngaruawahia’s winning margin in their game against fourth-placed Thames.
The Cambridge strike force was in full flight at Mangakino with goals from Olivia Milne (6), Rachel Hill (4) and Kym Thomasen (2).
Milne got the scoring underway with a high shot into the net after only three minutes.
Ten minutes later, Maria Cameron chipped the ‘keeper from 18 metres, and when the ‘keeper failed to secure the ball, Cameron put it away for her side’s second goal.
Hill scored the next couple of goals and the teams went into the break with Cambridge leading 4-0.
Mangakino came out for the second half with renewed effort and pulled back a goal in the 51st minute.
In the 58th minute, Milne set up Hill for her to complete her hat-trick.
Three minutes later, Milne scored her second goal, following up a loose ball in the penalty box.
Thomasen then struck a rich vein of form, directing play and creating chances for herself and others.
In the 64th minute, she struck a left-footer high into the corner of the net to make the score 7-1.
A Thomasen corner then provided Hill with her fourth goal before Thomasen then scored again, with a shot that deflected off the ‘keeper to rise into the top right corner.
In the 78th minute, Thomasen crossed into the box and a defender could only turn the ball into her own net, and Cambridge were into double figures.
With eight minutes left, Milne completed her hat-trick. Two minutes later, she added her fourth of the day. Then Milne turned a Thomasen pass into the goal to give her a fifth goal.
As the game neared its end, captain Steph Upton charged up the middle, setting up Milne for yet another goal.
Player of the Day was Upton who led by example all day, and encouraged her team to keep working till the final whistle.
Cambridge host Claudelands Rovers next Sunday (August 22) (11am).