Western Springs beat champions to slip into second spot on WPL table

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Western Springs have cruised into second place on the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League table after a 3-1 win against title holders Eastern Suburbs.

Playing under Friday night lights at Michaels Ave Reserve, the Springs side took an early lead through Rino Hirano who found the net after eight minutes.

That’s how the score stayed till half-time.

Springs took the initiative straight after the interval when Sophia Dyer doubled her side’s lead in the 47th minute.

Suburbs’ striker Tayla O’Brien gave her side hope when she reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the 53rd minute, scoring her first goal of the season.

Both sides worked their benches, and the result remained in the balance till the 88th minute when substitute Sofia Garcia added a third goal for Springs and ensured they took the maximum points.

Springs now have to wait for other long weekend results to see whether they can hold onto second place.

But Eastern Suburbs will have some soul searching to do after their fourth defeat of the season leaves them well off the early pace in the competition.

Main photo: Western Springs win their fourth game of the season. File photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.


Game played Friday April 22, 2022

Western Springs 3 (Rina Hirano 8′, Sophia Dyer 47′, Sofia Garcia 88′)
Eastern Suburbs 1 (Tayla O’Brien 53′)


Monday fixtures

Auckland United (3rd) v Northern Rovers (1st)
Keith Hay Park, Auckland, 3pm kick-off

Tauranga City (8th) v Hamilton Wanderers (7th)
Links Ave Reserve, Tauranga, 2pm kick-off

Ellerslie (4th) v West Coast Rangers (5th)
Michaels Ave Reserve, Auckland, 3:30pm

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