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Chatham Cup & Knockout Cup Coverage.
ASB National Women's Knockout Cup Final match report

Glenfield Comfortably Retain Prized Trophy
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Glenfield Rovers comfortably retained the ASB National Women's Knockout Cup at Trusts Stadium on 20 September, cruising to a 4-0 victory over Massey University to claim the trophy for the third time in five seasons.

Massey began the match brightly, Jane Barnett testing Pam Yates after just twenty seconds, before being denied by the goalkeeper in the fifth minute after being played through by Imogen Bos.
Read on Published: 21 September 2015

ASB Chatham Cup Final match report

Suburbs Sink Napier To Seal Rare Double
NZ Football/Jeremy Ruane Release

Eastern Suburbs edged Napier City Rovers in the 2015 ASB Chatham Cup Final at Trusts Stadium on 20 September to clinch a rarely achieved double, having won the Lotto Northern Premier League title a few weeks ago.

Only Suburbs themselves, in 1965, and Central United in 2007 have snared both titles in the same season, with Manurewa the only other Northern League team to display the Chatham Cup alongside their regional title when they also won the First Division in 1978.
Read on Published: 21 September 2015

Northern, Central & Mainland Premier Women's League & Northern Men's League.
Lotto NPWL Promotion Play-off match report

Hamilton Clinch Premier Women's League Spot
Story by Jeremy Ruane

There will be a new destination on the map for Lotto Northern Premier Women's League teams in 2016 after Hamilton Wanderers clinched promotion thanks to a 5-4 aggregate victory over Metro, with whom they drew the second leg of their promotion play-off 3-3 on the pristine Porritt Park pitch on September 27.

Metro came into the match trailing 2-1 from last Sunday's first leg clash at Albie Turner Field, so the onus was on the visitors to make a game of it against opponents who were the first to fire a shot in anger - the outstanding Leanna Ryan outpaced the defence and stung the gloves of Jo Kennedy in the seventh minute.
Read on Published: 28 September 2015

2015 Reta Fitzpatrick Cup Final match report

Spirit Seal Double With Sixth Reta Fitzpatrick Triumph
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Coastal Spirit made it back-to-back Mainland league and cup doubles on September 12, as they overcame debutant finalists Parklands United 5-0 at ASB Park to clinch the Reta Fitzpatrick Cup for the sixth time in eight seasons.

Chloe Webster's four-goal haul was the individual highlight of the victors' performance, but it took them until right on the stroke of half-time to penetrate Parklands' stubborn resistance, with goalkeeper Jordan Woodward and, in particular, midfielder Sophie Williams shining throughout for the first-time finalists.
Read on Published: 15 September 2015

2015 English Cup Final match report

Cashmere Hit Ten To Add English Cup To Collection
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The gulf between the Mainland Premier League and First Division competitions was emphatically illustrated at ASB Park on September 12, as Cashmere Technical crushed FC Twenty11 10-1 to claim the English Cup, their fourth piece of silverware for the 2015 season.

The First Division champions found themselves trailing after just 108 seconds in this one-sided affair, Andy Barton tucking in from close range after Aaron Clapham and Shawn O'Brien had combined on the left.
Read on Published: 15 September 2015

Central & Mainland Premier Women's Leagues, August 16 review

Seatoun Secure The Silverware In Central Region
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Seatoun clinched their fourth Lotto Central Region Premier Women's League crown - and their first since 2008 - on August 16 by downing nearest rivals Wellington United 2-1 at Seatoun Park.

Afforded the ideal start by Grace Surridge's second minute goal, the home team enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges before enduring a barrage of pressure from United, who finally broke through half-an-hour later via the ever-reliable Michaela Robertson.
Read on Published: 16 August 2015

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

Phoenix sign Dutch striker
Phoenix Release

Patience and persistence paid off for Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick when Dutch striker Jeffrey Sarpong signed for the club this week.

Sarpong, 27, who joined the famed Ajax Academy as a seven-year-old, has played over 100 games in the Dutch first division with Ajax and NEC as well as spending three years in Spain's La Liga with Real Sociedad.

Merrick is delighted to have signed Sarpong and said the wait was worthwhile.
Read on Published: 25 August 2015

All Whites Coverage.
NZ Football Media Release

All Whites named for Myanmar
NZ Football Media Release

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson will take charge of a squad blended with both youth and experience for next week's clash with Myanmar in Yangon.

Hudson named his 21-strong team on Sunday with captain Winston Reid joined by long-time international team mates Shane Smeltz, Jeremy Brockie, Michael McGlinchey and Marco Rojas.
Read on Published: 30 August 2015

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

Five-Star USA Triumph In Style In "The Carli Cup Final"
Story by Jeremy Ruane In Canada

It will go down in history as "The Carli Cup Final", due to the outstanding individual display of captain Carli Lloyd, but the all-round performance of Team USA was every bit as significant and decisive as they brought the four-year reign of Japan as world champions of women's football to an emphatic end at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium on July 5.

To win any cup final 5-2 is an amazing achievement. To do so in the global spotlight which the FIFA Women's World Cup Final attracts is something else again. This wasn't just a win by the world's most successful women's football-playing nation. This was a triumph. And one achieved in some style.

And in a heck of a hurry! In a manner not dissimilar to Liverpool's demolition job on Arsenal at Anfield in the 2013-14 English Premier League season, the USA were 4-0 up and in dreamland after just sixteen minutes.
Read on Published: 08 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

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