Cashmere Claim Maiden Championship
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Story by Jeremy Ruane
Seatoun and Upper Hutt City will meet in the final of the Kelly Cup this season after scoring contrasting victories over Capital Premier League opposition in the semi-finals on August 21.
Holders Seatoun eased past Stop Out 4-0, with Annie Olssen opening the scoring after twelve minutes before three goals in fourteen minutes around the hour mark secured their passage, Juliet Conway, Grace Surridge and Julia Baldwin taking turns to lead the celebrations at Hutt Park.
Upper Hutt, meanwhile, were involved in a wild game at Petone Memorial Park, where fourteen goals were scored, City prevailing 10-4. Jade Morrissey scored a hat-trick for the beaten team, who also benefited from an own goal.
Wendi Henderson's charges, meanwhile, spread the goals around, with Rebecca Otte, Danielle Turton and Emily Morison each scoring twice on a day Emma Main, Katie Barrott, Catherine O'Reilly and Michaela Hunt also chimed in.
Next Saturday, Upper Hutt bid to reach the National Women's Knockout Cup Final for the first time when they take on cup holders Glenfield Rovers at McFetridge Park.
And on Sunday, September 4, the Kelly Cup Final will take place, with Seatoun pursuing a third successive triumph in the competition when they take on Upper Hutt at a yet-to-be-confirmed venue, which is anticipated to be Petone Memorial Park.
Petone 4 (J. Morrissey (3), "oggie"), Upper Hutt City 10 (E. Morison (2), D. Turton (2), E. Main, C. O'Reilly, K. Barrott, M. Hunt, R. Otte (2)) HT 1-5
Stop Out 0, Seatoun 4 (A. Olssen (12), J. Conway (57), G. Surridge (64), J. Baldwin (71)) HT 0-1
Cashmere Technical clinched their maiden Mainland Premier Women's League title in style on August 20, a five-goal haul from Annalie Longo helping them to a 10-0 win over FC Twenty11 at English Park.
Monique Barker struck twice for the new champions, with sister Christy also chiming in, as did Megan Shea and goalkeeper Megan Andrews, who stepped forward to slam home a spot-kick in the second half.
Outgoing champions Coastal Spirit concluded their campaign on a winning note, their 4-0 triumph at Parklands United featuring a goal from Mel Cameron, who, with 29 goals, topped the Golden Boot charts for the season.
Britney-Lee Nicholson, with two goals, and Lily Bray were also on target for the visitors at Parklands Reserve, with Spirit's trophy cabinet to be graced by the Hawkey Memorial Shield this summer.
The most remarkable game of the round took place at Saxton Fields, where Waimakariri United's late arrival prompted a 150-minute delay to the kick-off. There were still no goals come the time the second half started, but then all hell broke loose.
The visitors stormed into a two-goal lead thanks to Macey Fraser and Gabi Rennie, but Tasman came storming home thanks to goals from Anna McPhie, Briar Luff's delicious lobbed finish and Tiana Williams, whose goal sealed a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win for the third place-getters as they concluded their maiden top flight season in the desired manner.
Next Saturday sees Cashmere bidding to reach their maiden National Women's Knockout Cup Final when they host Forrest Hill-Milford United at Garrick Memorial Park from 1pm.
The following Saturday, at 11am, the newly crowned champions will be looking to add the Reta Fitzpatrick Cup to their collection when taking on Parklands United in the English Park final from 11am.
FC Twenty11 0, Cashmere Technical 10 (A. Longo (5), M. Barker (2), C. Barker, M. Andrew (pen), M. Shea) HT 0-4
Parklands United 0, Coastal Spirit 4 (B. Nicholson (2), M. Cameron, L. Bray) HT 0-3
Tasman United 3 (A. McPhie, B. Luff, T. Williams), Waimakariri United 2 (M. Fraser, G. Rennie) HT 0-0