Girls ecstatic at first win
Newly-promoted Kapiti Coast United scored two goals in the dying minutes to win their first division 1 women's football match at Weka Park on Sunday 2-1.
Georgia Killalea scored with five minutes remaining after the Wainuiomata goalkeeper spilled a shot and Nicky Linstrom fired home the winner with seconds remaining, latching on to the end of a free kick.
Coach Sean Kelly said the team's display was lacklustre but he was happy with the win and the club's first three points in the top grade.
"I think we realise that we will have to play a lot better than that if we want to push the top teams in this grade," Kelly said.
"It wasn't a great performance, after we played so well the past few weeks. But it's great to get a win."
For much of the match Kelly was preparing himself for an opening round loss, after Wainuiomata took the lead midway through the second half.
Despite the teams being even, Kapiti were struggling to break down the visitors' defence and test their goalkeeper.
That changed with five minutes remaining, when a strong shot was not held by the Wainuiomata keeper and Killalea poked the ball into the net."I thought, 'alright, we'll get something out of it at least'," Kelly said.
Minutes later a foul on the edge of the penalty area led to Linstrom's winning goal, volleyed home after a well-worked free kick.
"The girls were ecstatic."
Kapiti play Seatoun at Wellington College this Sunday.
In other results, Kapiti's Capital 1 men's side had a 2-0 loss at home to Brooklyn Northern on Sunday, and Waikanae made it four games unbeaten in Capital 2 with a 4-2 win over Wellington United.
- Kapiti Observer