Cashmere Technical women's footballers end Easter weekend on a high
Cashmere Technical were lucky to scrape through 1-0 against their closest rivals Tasman United in the Easter Monday Mainland Women's Premier League clash at Garrick Park.
The home side looked tired after their Good Friday win against Coastal Spirit, but managed a second half goal through Ashleigh Ward to seal victory and remain top of the table.
The match started slowly with Cashmere enjoying the majority of territory and possession in the first half, but any chances were saved by Tasman goalkeeper Lydia Waddington.
Stand-out Cashmere forward Whitney Frame had several shots on goal and Ward's speed on the wing tormented the Tasman defenders.
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Ward took several corners and delivered some fantastic balls for her forwards, but they were unable to convert in the first half due to some good one-on-one defence.
Tasman's Amelia Abbott did her best on attack for the visitors and delivered an impressive left boot towards the goal only to be saved. Matilda Dawson was also impressive up front having an attempt early on, but the teams went into the break nil-all.
While the Tasman defence saved them in the first half, Kench was able to outrun her defenders and deliver for Ward to net the winner.
Cashmere began to show why they are the dominant team of the league when they kept the majority of the possession and started to throw the ball more freely around the field.
Cashmere coach Megan Shea said she expected a close match and was happy to round out the long weekend with a win.
"It was always going to be close, hearing their result against Coastal earlier in the season, but we are definitely tired from our Friday game against Coastal and you could see that. It was a bit of a rough weekend for us with double headers against both top of the tables.
"We were just making it very hard for ourselves and had tired legs, but the second half was much better. We came out in the second half and wanted it a bit more, [we] added a bit of grit."
Coastal Spirit bounced back with a 3-2 win over FC Twenty 11 after a double by Mel Cameron and a goal to Sophie Voss.
Macey Fraser was on target twice in Waimak United's 4-2 win over Universities.
AT A GLANCE
Mainland Premier League women's results
Cashmere Technical 1 (Ashleigh Ward) Tasman United 0.
Coastal Spirit 3 (Mel Cameron 2, Sophie Voss) FC Twenty 11 1 (Jayda Stewart pen). HT: 0-1.
Waimak 4 (Macey Fraser 2 incl pen, Georgia Moore, Emma Fellowes) Universities 2 (Ashleigh Leonard, Rachel Brodie). HT: 0-1.
Points: Cashmere Technical 12, Tasman, Coastal Spirit 9, FC Twenty 11, Waimak United 4, Universities 3, Parklands United 0.