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Latest Capital & Mainland PWL Round Review
Leading Trios Win In Central And Mainland Leagues
by Jeremy Ruane
The leading trio of teams in the Capital Football W-League consolidated their places on the table with victories on April 22, with reigning champions Wellington United recording the biggest win of the day.

Inspired by a four-goal haul from the irrepressible Michaela Robertson, they swept aside Wairarapa United 8-0 at Newtown Park, scoring four goals in each half to bolster their goal difference.

Briar Palmer and Maya Hahn also got in on the act for the title-holders, as did youngster Dani Ohlsson, who stepped up from the reserves to score twice on debut for the first team, after coming on as a second half substitute.

The other matches resulted in 3-1 victories for the home teams, with both matches featuring early goals. Tori-Jan Lyne-Lewis' second minute strike put Marist Palmerston North on course for their victory over Stop Out at Memorial Park, where Nicole Robertson doubled the lead sixteen minutes later.

Heather Williams hauled Stop Out back into the contest five minutes before half-time, but Mikaela Boxall put an end to their hopes of upsetting the apple cart when restoring Marist's two-goal advantage eleven minutes after the interval.

Meanwhile, at Maidstone Park, the game of the round saw Upper Hutt City get off to a cracking start at Seatoun's expense, with Emma Main scoring inside the first sixty seconds.

Before the visitors knew what had hit them, Catherine Bott doubled City's advantage with a fourth minute firecracker, and it was that early double whammy which was to prove decisive.

Seatoun came right back into the match, forcing a couple of vital saves by Cushla Lichtwark as they sought a foothold on the scoreboard. But a goal just would not come, and when Main appeared to strike a second five minutes into the second half, it seemed certain to be City's day.

The offside flag came to the visitors' rescue on this occasion, but there was no way back for Seatoun when a bullet header from Bria Sargent crashed into the net seventeen minutes from time.

Three minutes later, Dani Calautti finally breached City's defences, but with Sarah Gregorius buzzing about, the threat of Wendi Henderson's side restoring their three-goal advantage was always greater than that of Gary Jenkins' charges mounting a stirring fightback, meaning City share the lead with Guillermo Schiltenwolf's high-flying title-holders at this early stage of the campaign.

Next Saturday's action sees a high noon encounter between Wellington and Marist at Newtown Park, while Seatoun and Upper Hutt should score convincing home wins an hour later, when respectively welcoming Stop Out to Seatoun Park and Wairarapa to Maidstone Park.

Marist Palmerston North 3 (T. Lyne-Lewis (2), N. Robertson (18), M. Boxall (56)), Stop Out 1 (H. Williams (40))  HT 2-1
Upper Hutt City 3 (E. Main (1), C. Bott (4), B. Sargent (73)), Seatoun 1 (D. Calautti (76))  HT 2-0
Wellington United 8 (M. Robertson (4), D. Ohlsson (2), M. Hahn, B. Palmer), Wairarapa United 0  HT 4-0
Reigning Mainland Premier Women's League champions Cashmere Technical made hard work of overcoming FC Twenty11 at Garrick Memorial Park on April 22, coming from behind to secure a 2-1 win after Lucrettia Taylor had given the visitors the half-time lead.

At that stage, the Hawkey Shield looked like it would be changing hands for the second successive week, but goals from Christie Barker and Annie Gilchrist turned things round for the title-holders, the latter's strike coming within five minutes of the final whistle.

There was a double centenary celebration at English Park, where Coastal Spirit clocked up the one hundredth win in Premier Women's League football by trouncing Parklands United 10-0.

Britney-Lee Nicholson led the way with a hat-trick, while Chloe Webster also chimed in, as did Cody Taylor and Chloe Jones, one of whose strikes came from the penalty spot.

But the star turn was Mel Cameron, who also bagged a brace of goals, in doing so bringing up her own personal century of goals scored in Mainland Premier Women's League football.

Tasman United struck twice in each half in recording a 4-0 win over Waimakariri United at Kendall Park, where the efforts of Ruby Smith and Amelia Abbott were supplemented by a double-strike from Charlotte Gordon as the visitors made it a good day for the top three teams in the competition.

Next Saturday's fare sees Cashmere welcoming Waimakariri to Garrick Memorial Park, while Coastal entertain Canterbury Universities at English Park on a day FC will fancy their chances of recording a fiftieth win in Premier Women's League football - they head to Parklands Reserve to take on the bottom-placed side.

Before then, the Reta Fitzpatrick Cup quarter-finals take place from 1.15pm on Anzac Day, with FC and Cashmere clashing at Avonhead Park. Waimakariri and Parklands lock horns at Kendall Park, while the students and Spirit do battle at Ilam Fields.

The winners of these ties will join Halswell United in the semi-finals - only seven teams have entered the competition this season.

Cashmere Technical 2 (C. Barker, A. Gilchrist), FC Twenty11 1 (L. Taylor)  HT 0-1
Coastal Spirit 10 (B. Nicholson (3), M. Cameron (2), C. Jones (2 incl. pen), C. Taylor (2), C. Webster), Parklands United 0  HT 4-0
Waimakariri United 0, Tasman United 4 (C. Gordon (2), R. Smith, A. Abbott)  HT 0-2

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