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Chatham Cup & Knockout Cup Coverage.
National Women's Knockout Cup, Northern Region review, June 26

Big Guns Progress To Last Eight In Cup
Story by Jeremy Ruane, Photos By Graham Hughes.

Three Kings United, Western Springs, Forrest Hill-Milford United and holders Glenfield Rovers advanced to the quarter-finals of the National Women's Knockout Cup on June 26 with wins of varying size securing them spots in Tuesday's draw.

The Lotto Northern Premier Women's League leaders recorded the biggest win of the day, inflicting upon Lynn-Avon United their heaviest ever cup defeat in a 9-0 mauling at Ken Maunder Park in the 67th - and potentially last - "Old Firm" derby.

Hannah Blake led the charge with five goals for Three Kings, whose first four goals were scored in a ten-minute spell half-way through the first half. Paige Satchell and Isabella Richards found the mark during this spell, while Martine Puketapu bagged a double either side of the half-time whistle in this one-sided affair.
Read on Published: 26 June 2016

Chatham Cup Review, 25 & 26th June 2016

Defending champions knocked out in round three
NZ Football Release

A hat-trick from former New Zealand U-17 player Dylan Stansfield has seen East Coast Bays knock out the defending champions Eastern Suburbs in round three of the Chatham Cup on Saturday.

Suburbs, who defeated Napier City Rovers 2-1 in the final last year to secure their sixth Chatham Cup crown, were outclassed in the fine and cold conditions at Bay City Park going down 4-2. East Coast Bays, the 2008 champions, led 1-0 at the break and the hat-trick from Stansfield and another goal from Lee Robinson put the result to bed.
Read on Published: 26 June 2016

All Whites Coverage.
OFC Nations Cup match report - All Whites v. New Caledonia

Awful All Whites Scrape Through To Final
Story by Jeremy Ruane/Photo OFC - Shane Wenzlick www.phototek.nz

New Zealand's All Whites scraped through to the OFC Nations Cup Final on June 8, a goalkeeping blunder handing them a far from deserved 1-0 win over New Caledonia at Port Moresby's Sir John Guise Stadium.

'Les Cagous' were by far the better team throughout proceedings, both playing into and with the wind. But they let themselves down in the attacking third, all too often firing past the posts when chances presented themselves.

Georges Bearune went closest in the first half in this regard with a lovely angled thirty-yarder, while Cesar Zeoula was desperately close with a fifteen yard volley in the 66th minute, before Jean-Philippe Saiko's splendid solo run culminated in him shooting narrowly past the post two minutes later.
Read on Published: 09 June 2016

OFC Coverage.
2016 OFC Nations Cup

Papua New Guinea make historic play for final
Oceania Football Confederation Media Release/Photo OFC - Shane Wenzlick www.phototek.nz

For the first time in 43 years Papua New Guinea will appear in the OFC Nations Cup final after downing Solomon Islands 2-1 in a thrilling semi-final encounter at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

The competition hosts will take on four-time regional champions New Zealand in the final after the Kiwis squeezed past New Caledonia 1-0 in the first semi-final of the day.

Papua New Guinea coach Flemming Serritslev was deservedly elated at his side's performance.
Read on Published: 09 June 2016

Football Ferns Coverage.
Football Ferns' Road To Rio - Australia match report 2

Football Ferns Deserve So Much More Than A Draw
Story by Jeremy Ruane

The despairing look on the face of Football Ferns' captain Abby Erceg, after the final whistle at Etihad Stadium on June 7, spoke volumes for how close she and her team-mates came to finally ending a 29-match winless streak against their arch-rivals.

The Football Ferns were held to a 1-1 draw by Australia's Matildas in front of 8,604 fans, and the natives know all too well that, had the visitors won the match, their victory would have been fully and richly deserved, as they were the better side throughout.
Read on Published: 08 June 2016

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

Ryan Hat-Trick Leaves Lynn-Avon On Brink
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Lynn-Avon United's 24-year tenure in the Lotto Northern Premier Women's League is on the verge of ending this season, after a Leanna Ryan hat-trick inside the last eighteen minutes helped Hamilton Wanderers record a 5-0 win over the bottom-placed side in the battle of the cellar-dwellers at Porritt Stadium.

Shae Brady afforded the home team the ideal start with a third minute goal, but a Ryan shot which hit the post apart, there wasn't much between the teams come the interval, with both having spurned chances to alter the scoreline.
Read on Published: 19 June 2016

NWKC match report - Lynn-Avon United v. Three Kings United

Records Broken In "Old Firm"'s Last Hurrah?
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Three Kings United cruised into the National Women's Knockout Cup quarter-finals on June 26, recording a routine 9-0 win over Lynn-Avon United at Ken Maunder Park in the 67th - and potentially last, at least for a while - "Old Firm" derby.

The result saw Lynn-Avon clock up another unwanted record in this season from hell for a club which has contributed so much to the women's game in New Zealand over the last quarter of a century, this being their heaviest ever defeat in a competition they have won nine times in total.
Read on Published: 27 June 2016

Central & Mainland Premier Women's Leagues, June 26 review

Quarter-Finalists Found In Cup
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Seatoun and Upper Hutt City set up an all-Wellington quarter-final clash in the National Women's Knockout Cup after scoring contrasting wins in their respective ties on June 26.

Gary Jenkins' charges stunned Central Region Premier Women's League leaders Wellington United 1-0 at Seatoun Park, Grace Surridge's goal five minutes from the end of extra time separating the sides as last year's league champions executed a game plan which thwarted the until now unbeaten Wellington side at every turn.
Read on Published: 26 June 2016

Lotto Northern League promotion play-off match report

To Cambridge, The Battle. To Waitemata, The War.
Story by Jeremy Ruane

Waitemata secured promotion back to the Lotto Northern League Second Division at McLeod Road on 26 September, but did so the hard way after Cambridge came home with a wet sail to prevail 3-2 in the second leg of the teams' promotion play-off.

It was the 2-0 victory the West Auckland outfit recorded in the Waikato a week ago which ultimately proved too great a hurdle for Cambridge to overhaul, although the southerners would have gained promotion via the away goals rule had a chance not gone begging in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time.
Read on Published: 27 September 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 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

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

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

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