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FIFA Women's World Cup Finals
FIFA WWC match report - England v. Japan

Cruellest Of Blows Sets Up 2011 Repeat
Story by Jeremy Ruane In Canada

An injury time own goal by England's Laura Bassett handed Japan a place in Sunday's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final in Vancouver, where they will meet the USA in a repeat of the thrilling 2011 Final in Germany.

It was the cruellest of blows for "The Lionesses", who were the better team in this Canada Day encounter at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, yet ended up going down 2-1 to the reigning world champions by virtue of Bassett's unfortunate error.

England nearly got off to the perfect start, Jodie Taylor firing a volley inches past the far post just forty seconds into the contest. But after Rumi Utsugi's cross-shot had been grabbed by Karen Bardsley at her near post in the sixth minute, the game became rather cagey in nature, with Japan's possession game gradually impacting upon proceedings.
Read on Published: 02 July 2015

FIFA WWC match report - China v. Football Ferns

We Wuz Robbed … Again!
Story by Jeremy Ruane In Canada

The Football Ferns' FIFA Women's World Cup campaign ended in tears, disappointment and controversy at the Winnipeg Stadium on 15 June, as in a match they needed to win to advance to the knockout phase, they were held to a 2-2 draw by China in front of 26,191 fans.

Those fans witnessed some decidedly dubious decisions by Hungarian referee Katalin Kulcsar, some Chinese gamesmanship which saw their coach, Wei Hao, sent from the bench late in the contest, and a delay in play due to a Chinese fan invading the pitch.

They also witnessed an absorbing yet highly entertaining encounter between two nations whose hopes of progressing to the next round of the competition hinged on the outcome of this match, and of the other game in the group taking place at the same time - Canada and Holland drew 1-1, as things turned out, meaning the host nation topped the group, while the Dutch will almost certainly advance as one of the best third-placed teams.
Read on Published: 17 June 2015

FIFA WWC - Second Helpings

Second Helpings
Story by Jeremy Ruane In Canada

A case of 'if only'!

That was the over-riding feeling following our second match in Edmonton, where a scoreless draw with Canada could very easily have ended up with the Football Ferns claiming all three points at the expense of the host nation.

Normally I'd put the house on Amber delivering when a goalscoring opportunity is there for the taking. She is usually reliability personified in front of goal, particularly from twelve yards, but this was a rare occasion when she didn't come up with the goods, something which happens to the very best finishers in the game at any time.
Read on Published: 25 June 2015

A-League & Wellington Phoenix Coverage.
Wellington Phoenix Press Release

New Phoenix Season Dominated By Saturday Nights
Phoenix Release

The Wellington Phoenix' 2015-16 Hyundai A-League Season Draw has been released with almost half the games being played on a Saturday night.

The Phoenix will play 13 home games in New Zealand, 11 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, one at QBE Stadium in Auckland and one at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
Read on Published: 30 June 2015

All Whites Coverage.
FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off match report - All Whites v. Mexico

Mexico Bring Down Curtain On Herbert’s Reign
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Mexico deservedly confirmed their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil on 20 November, downing New Zealand’s All Whites 4-2 at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium to claim a 9-3 aggregate victory in their intercontinental qualifying play-off.

Trailing 5-1 from the first leg in Mexico City, and urged on by a 35,206-strong crowd, the All Whites set about their quest of overhauling the deficit with a much-changed side, one laden with youth and vitality.
Read on Published: 20 November 2013

Chatham Cup & Knockout Cup Coverage.
ASB National Women's Knockout Cup Final - Coastal Spirit v. Glenfield Rovers

Spirit’s Cup As Glenfield Spurn Chances
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Mainland Premier Women’s League champions Coastal Spirit became the first Christchurch team since inaugural winners Nomads United to claim the ASB National Women’s Knockout Cup on 15 September, edging Glenfield Rovers 1-0 at ASB Park thanks to a last-gasp own goal.

It was very much a case of the local team riding their luck in front of a partisan crowd, for Rovers dominated all the key elements of the game – possession, territory, shots on goal … Pam Yates barely had a save to make throughout the entire match.
Read on Published: 15 September 2013

ASB Chatham Cup - NZ Football Release

Former champs battle in 4th round
NZ Football Release

Two Central Region clashes involving four former winners of the ASB Chatham Cup is the feature of the fourth round draw of the 2015 competition made on Tuesday.

Wairarapa United, champions of the competition in 2011, will battle 2006 champions Western Suburbs for a quarter-final berth while 2009 winners Wellington Olympic will meet 2002 - and four-time - champions Napier City Rovers in the round of 16 on the weekend of July 11-12.
Read on Published: 30 June 2015

Northern, Central & Mainland Premier Women's League & Northern Men's League.
Lotto Northern Premier Women's League, Round Twelve review

Rovers Increase League Lead Despite Draw
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Claudelands Rovers increased their lead in the Lotto Northern Premier Women's League to four points on June 28, despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Three Kings United at Galloway Park.

Kate Loye headed Rovers in front in the 32nd minute, but by half-time United were on level terms courtesy Hannah Blake. When Isabella Richards fired the visitors in front early in the second spell, an upset looked to be on the cards, but Helen Collins earned a point for the home team when levelling from the penalty spot fifteen minutes from time, having been brought down.
Read on Published: 29 June 2015

Lotto Northern League, Easter Monday review

“E” Teams Prevail In Table-Topping Towellings
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Easter Monday proved to be a great one for the “E” teams in the Lotto Northern League First Division, with Eastern Suburbs and Ellerslie both scoring convincing victories on home turf in their clashes against fellow top-five contenders.

“The Lilywhites” trailed Western Springs on goal difference going into the round, but “The Hoops” found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 thumping at Madills Farm, courtesy goals from Haidar Jabir, Nik Keown-Robson and Harry Redwood.

Across town at Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie took Takapuna to task, Andy Wallace leading the way with a first half hat-trick in a 6-1 win. Dominic Higgins, Freddie Ljungberg and Adam Scott - fresh off the golf course - rounded out the rout, which was punctuated by a ninth goal of the season from “Taka”’s Lee Robinson.
Read on Published: 21 April 2014

Lotto NPWL match report - Lynn-Avon United v. Forrest Hill-Milford United

Experience Prevails In Battle Of Young Guns
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The greater guile of Forrest Hill-Milford United proved decisive at Ken Maunder Park on Easter Sunday, as a squad largely made up of Junior Ferns internationals prevailed 2-0 over Lynn-Avon United’s Young Ferns-laden line-up in a keenly contested Lotto Northern Premier Women’s League top-of-the-table tussle.

Both teams went into the match boasting two wins from as many games played, but both were without key personnel for this encounter, with Lynn-Avon’s Sam Tawharu joining “Swans” trio Hannah Carlsen, Daisy Cleverley and Emma Rolston on the sidelines.
Read on Published: 20 April 2014

C&M Premier Women's Leagues, June 28 review

City First To Blink In Four-Team Title Race
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Upper Hutt City's hopes of securing a maiden Lotto Central Region Premier Women's League title suffered a setback at Maidstone Park on Sunday, as fellow first title aspirants Wellington United overturned the home team 2-1 in the game of the round.

Hope Gilchrist gave United a first half lead which Maxine Cooper doubled before Emma Main fired City back into contention, but that goal wasn't suffice to prevent Wendi Henderson's charges from dropping to fourth, four points behind leaders Massey University.
Read on Published: 29 June 2015

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