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Chatham Cup & Knockout Cup Coverage.
Chatham Cup

Chatham Cup Preliminary Draw Announced
NZ Football Release

The preliminary draw of the Chatham Cup in 2016 has been made with exciting contests across the country to begin one of the oldest competitions in New Zealand sport.

The draw was made on Tuesday at the New Zealand Football offices at QBE Stadium in Auckland, with supervision from Terry Hobin, the Competitions Manager at the Northern Football Federation.
Read on Published: 12 April 2016

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

OFC Coverage.
OFC Champions League, Group A Matchday Two review

Close Calls Order Of Day In Group A
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The favoured sides in Group A at the OFC Champions League had to rely on late goals to get results in Matchday Two action on the QBE Stadium Oval on April 13, with reigning champions Auckland City notching a late winner after an even later equaliser spared Amicale's blushes in their match.

The Vanuatuans were held to a 1-1 draw by Solomon Warriors, who were just ninety seconds away from causing the biggest upset of the tournament so far at the expense of the two-time finalists.
Read on Published: 13 April 2016

A-League & Wellington Phoenix Coverage.
Hyundai A-League, Round Eight review

Change At The Top As Fans Stage Mass Walk-Outs
Story by Jeremy Ruane

A change at the top and walk-outs by fans of both the reigning champions and their predecessors were among the highlights of eighth round action in the Hyundai A-League across the last weekend in November.

The round opened on Thursday evening with Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix producing a dour scoreless draw in which Alex Brosque hit the woodwork late on, matching the feat of the visitors' Alex Rodriguez on the hour as 9,253 fans looked on.
Read on Published: 29 November 2015

Hyundai A-League match report - Western Sydney Wanderers v. Wellington Phoenix

Wests Down Wellington To Maintain Winning Ways
by Jeremy Ruane

Western Sydney Wanderers maintained their resurgence in the Hyundai A-League on November 21 as they overcame Wellington Phoenix 2-1 in front of 14,426 fans at Pirtek Stadium.

The home team squandered a great chance to open the scoring in the third minute of play when Mark Bridge's delightfully weighted ball into the stride of Mitch Nichols saw the striker get the better of Andrew Durante, only to shoot straight at Glen Moss.
Read on Published: 25 November 2015

ASB National Women's League Coverage
ASB National Women's League, Round Seven review

Wins For Top Three Confirm Christchurch Final
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The top three teams recorded victories in the final round of ASB National Women's League action on November 22, meaning that Mainland Pride will host the Grand Final in a fortnight's time against the winner of next Sunday's semi-final between Northern Football and the NZ Development Squad.

The reigning champions made every post a winning one at Tahuna Park, comfortably seeing off Football South 4-0 thanks to three goals in a nine-minute spell prior to the half-time whistle.
Read on Published: 22 November 2015

ASB NWL match report - Northern Football v. NZ Development Squad

Northern Advance To National Women's League Final
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Northern Football booked themselves an ASB National Women's League Grand Final clash with Mainland Pride at Christchurch's ASB Park in a week's time after holding off a fast-finishing NZ Development Squad 4-3 in semi-final action at the QBE Stadium Oval on 29 November.

The youngsters hit the ground running as they looked to repeat the efforts of last season's Development Squad in reaching the Grand Final, but only after Katie Rood, after beating Ally Toailoa, took the wrong option in passing to the offside Emma Rolston when the speedster only had Ashleigh Emery to beat.
Read on Published: 30 November 2015

ASB Premiership Coverage
ASB Premiership, Round Three review

Auckland Depart On Top As Waitakere Change Coach
By Jeremy Ruane

An eventful third round of ASB Premiership action in the final days of November underlined the Queen City clubs' contrasting fortunes, with the reigning champions seeing off fellow unbeaten rivals Canterbury United in a top-of-the-table clash days after their West Auckland rivals cut their losses after, by their standards, a horror start to the campaign.

The round kicked off on Thursday with a torrid tussle in Taupo, where Hawkes Bay United edged WaiBOP United 1-0 at Owen Delany Park thanks to Khair Jones' 84th minute contender for "Goal of the Season" - a fifteen yard screamer for which Zac Speedy was still diving when the ball was rebounding off the net behind him.
Read on Published: 30 November 2015

ASB Premiership match report - Auckland City v. Canterbury United

Champs Head North On Winning Note
By Jeremy Ruane

Auckland City ensured they headed to the FIFA Club World Cup Finals on a winning note on 29 November, overpowering Canterbury United 4-1 in their ASB Premiership top-of-the-table clash at Kiwitea Street.

The reigning champions were up for the task from the outset, twice going close inside the opening four minutes. Micah Lea'alafa and Mikel Alvaro were highly influential in both attacks, with Joao Moreira and Ryan de Vries both unable to capitalise on their team-mates' industry on the first occasion.
Read on Published: 30 November 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

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

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

Football Ferns' Road To Rio - Holland match report

Dutch Delight As Double Strike Foils Ferns
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Two early goals from fleet-footed Liverpool striker Shanice Van de Sanden fired Holland to a solid 2-0 win over the Football Ferns in a friendly international at the Ijmond Stadium in Velsen, near Amsterdam, on April 7, as the New Zealanders continued their preparations for the Olympic Women's Football Tournament in August.

The visitors enjoyed a solid opening five minutes, but a stray Abby Erceg pass set the tone for the few minutes of play, with Lieke Martens swift to swoop on the Football Ferns' captain's blunder and race forward before lashing a twenty-five yarder narrowly over Erin Nayler's crossbar.
Read on Published: 08 April 2016

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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