Costly loss for Massey

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 28/07/2014

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Massey University's march to the women's Central League title became a lot harder after a 3-2 loss to Wellington United in the capital yesterday.

Massey, on 33 points, needed a win to go to top of the table ahead of Seatoun on 34, but the loss to Wellington means they need to beat Lower Hutt City at Palmerston North next weekend and hope Seatoun lose or draw against Wellington.

The upset loss could cost Massey the title, which had looked certain to go to Massey a few weeks ago.

Neither Massey or Wellington could break the deadlock in the first half yesterday, until Wellington scored right on halftime. Wellington scored again after the break and then from a penalty to be up 3-0.

Wellington went into their shell and Massey came back at the end of the game with goals to Mikaela Boxall and Rhonda Bridges, but they ran out of time to draw.

Kate Bennett was Massey's best defensively. It hasn't been a good week for Massey, after they lost 5-0 to Auckland club Glenfield Rovers in their national knockout semifinal last week.

STANDINGS

P W D L F A GD Pts Seatoun 13 11 1 1 57 14 43 34 Massey 13 11 0 2 64 13 51 33 Wgtn Utd 13 8 1 4 47 25 22 25 W/Karori 13 6 2 5 22 17 5 20 Upr Hutt 13 4 3 6 40 28 12 15 Valeron 13 3 3 7 34 45 -11 12 Lwr Hutt 13 3 2 8 29 36 -7 11 Wang Ath 13 0 0 13 1 116 -115 0 

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