Central step up to earn draw against Capital

It may not have been the win they were after, but the Central women's team will be reasonably happy with their national league draw with Capital at Memorial Park yesterday.

Central drew 3-all with South last weekend and had to put in a big performance to earn a draw against a powerful Capital team.

"It was definitely a big step up intensity-wise," Central coach Simon Lees said.

"Capital are a much, much better team than South. Our girls performed better than last week."

He said both teams had their chances to break the deadlock, but they did well to hold them out, especially with Wellington having more of the ball and a few more opportunities.

"At home, we probably needed three points. However, off the back of last week, it's a big step up. Absolutely disappointed we didn't get three points."

Hollie Cleaver had a busy game in defence at sweeper and Coral Seath had a good game at right back.

Siobhan Patterson contained the Capital players well in the midfield and kept a lid on the dangerous Emily McColl, who was a key member of Massey's club side this year but has gone back to Wellington for the summer.

Central have another tough assignment this weekend, as they are away to Mainland in Christchurch.

Mainland beat South 4-0 yesterday and drew with Capital 1-all in the first round.

Central 0 Capital 0. HT 0-0

Other results: Waikato-BOP 6 NZF U-17 2. Mainland Pride 4 Football South 0. Northern Football 2 Auckland Football 2.

Manawatu Standard