Two international players scored important goals for their teams in the Saturday schedule of first-round Kate Sheppard Cup ties.
Futsal Fern Libby Boobyer scored four times to help her Petone side cruise past Miramar Rangers, while former Football Fern Pip Meo was on the scoresheet for her Onehunga Sports side in their win at Melville United.
Main photo: Futsal Fern Libby Boobyer … four goals for Petone. Image: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Here’s our round-up of highlights from the weekend’s fixtures in the Kate Sheppard Cup.
West Coast Rangers hit double figures
Anna Sluyter led the charge with a hat-trick as Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League side West Coast Rangers beat Northland’s Onerahi 10-0 at Huapai Domain.
Onerahi were only able to field 11 players and with no bench, the Rangers team took full advantage.
Cara Lonergan opened the scoring after only four minutes and by half-time it was 4-0.
Doubles from Luci Hollister and Sarah Sciarone, a goal from Emily Lyon and a second from Lonergan completed the rout.
Former Fern Pip Meo scores winner for Onehunga Sports
Onehunga Sports beat Melville United 2-1 in one of Saturday’s closest cup ties.
Sports, who are making the running in the NRF’s Women’s Championship, went ahead through Melanie Drumm in the 22nd minute at Gower Park.
That’s how the teams turned around at half-time.
Former Football Fern Pip Meo doubled her side’s lead in the 72nd minute.
With 10 minutes to go, Marie O’Neill gave Melville hope of salvaging the tie when she cut the Aucklanders’ lead to 2-1 but that’s how the score remained.
Futsal Fern among the goals as ruthless Petone brush past Rangers
Futsal Fern Libby Boobyer was in a ferocious goalscoring mood, rattling home four goals in the opening half hour of Petone’s tie against Miramar Rangers.
The 26-year-old international scored in the 15th, 20th, 27th and 28th minutes to give Petone an unassailable lead at Petone Memorial Park.
Teammate Rebecca Otte, a new season signing from Upper Hutt City, had also scored in the opening half-hour, and Petone led 5-0 at half-time.
Otte scored four more goals in the second half (67′, 68′, 75′ and 86′) as a ruthless Petone ran up a 14-0 final score.
Their other goals came from Katie McKenzie 46′, Cecily Holland 61′, Alex McIntosh 72′, Gabrielle Claridge 78′ and Christine Hosie 90′.
Northern Rovers too strong for Fencibles United
Two own goals didn’t help the cause for Fencibles United but in-form Northern Rovers were too strong anyway, winning this tie 6-0 under the floodlights at William Green Domain.
Suya Haering and Shannon Leigh Henson had given Rovers a 2-0 lead within half an hour before a Fencibles own goal extended the gap to 3-0 by half-time.
A second own goal in the 55th minute increased Rovers lead to four goals before Michaela Foster — a beaten finalist in the last Kate Sheppard Cup final for former club Hamilton Wanderers — scored Rovers’ fifth.
Substitute Courtney Noble finished off the scoring, finding the net after 69 minutes, two minutes after coming off the bench.
Four hat-tricks in one game!
Four players scored hat-tricks (or better) in Hibiscus Coast’s 16-0 walkover at Waiuku.
Peta Van Hattum (4), Rebecca O’Neill (4), Danica Urlich-Beech (3) and Stacey Martin (3) would all have claims on the match ball while Ashley Springer scored a double to complete the total.
Technical overpower United in extra time after come-from-behind win
Cashmere Technical outlasted Christchurch United to emerge as 7-4 winners after extra time at the Christchurch Football Centre.
In a football version of the hare and tortoise fable, United came out firing and 30-year-old Rachel Brodie, a new signing this season from FC Twenty, scored four goals to give her side a 4-2 half-time lead.
Captain Kate Guildford and Lily Fisher had replied for Technical with goals in the 26th and 33rd minutes.
But as the game wore on, Technical started to assert themselves and goals from Nicola Dominikovich (59′) and a second from Fisher forced the tie into extra time.
United tried to freshen their tiring squad with four changes off the bench for the extra period but Technical took the initiative through Jonelle Arthur who scored twice in five minutes.
Emma Kench added her side’s seventh goal in the second half of extra time to seal the win.
Games played May 14, 2022
Tauranga City 8 (Adi-grace Mooar 16′, 26′, Michelle Windsor 42′, Julia Edwards 52′, own goal 54′, Jess Yock 60′, Amberley Hollis 63′, Alice Cotter 70′)
Claudelands Rovers 0
Melville United 1 (Marie O’Neill 80′)
Onehunga Sports 2 (Melanie Drumm 22′, Pip Meo 72′)
Fencibles United 0
Northern Rovers 6 (Suya Haering 20′, Shannon Leigh Henson 27′, own goal 32′, own goal 55′, Michaela Foster 57′, Courtney Noble 69′)
Petone 14 (Libby Boobyer 15′, 20′, 27′, 28′, Rebecca Otte 22′, 67′, 68′, 75′, 86′, Katie McKenzie 46′, Cecily Holland 61′, Alex McIntosh 72′, Gabrielle Claridge 78′, Christine Hosie 90′)
Miramar Rangers 0
University of Canterbury 0
Coastal Spirit 6 (Melanie Cameron 12′, 17′, 56′, Rebecca Lake 63′, Darsha Keogan 67′, Lauren Dabner 90+1′)
Nomads United 8 (Rebecca Gillett 10′, Dorothy Yek 16′, 18′, 42′, Jorja Busbridge 29′, Hannah Stothers 38′, Emily Lambie 43′, Lily Gerrard 52′)
FC Twenty 11 0
Christchurch United 4 (Rachel Brodie 5′, 35′, 39′, 46′)
Cashmere Technical 7 (Kate Guildford 26′, Lily Fisher 33′, 85′, Nicola Dominikovich 59′, Jonelle Arthur 94′, 99′, Emma Kench 111′)
*After extra time
Otago University 2 (Amy Hislop 93′, Jessica Fuller 96′)
*After extra time
Games played May 15, 2022
Lakes FC 0
Otumoetai 2 (Lilly Muspratt 58′, 70′)
Manukau United 4 (Ashley Porter 25′, Iman Ibrahim 29′, 69′, 75′)
Beachlands Maraetai 2 (own goal 21′, Zara Ellis 35′)
Waikato Unicol 6 (Maggie Leaver 20′, Chantal Williams 38′, 90+3′, Jenna Lowe 42′, Ashleigh Ngow 79′, Emma Brownlie 87′)
Greenhithe 1 (Kathryn McMonagle 10′)
Franklin United 3 (Nikita Lieshout 65′, Ella Vuksanlekaj 80′, Brenna Yuksel 86′)
Ellerslie 13 (Britney Cunningham-Lee 8′, 35′, 40′, Sarah Carpenter 13′, 20′, 44′, Anita Trudgen 45′, 86′, Cilla Fa’afua 47′, Kimberley Oosterbeek 58′, own goal 67′, Kathryn Gow 73′, Ella James 79′)
Hibiscus Coast 16 (Peta Van Hattum 4′, 8′, 21′, 56′, Danica Urlich-Beech 32′, 77′, 90’+1′, Stacey Martin 37′, 61′, 79′, Ashley Spring 58′, 74′, Rebecca O’Neill 60′, 70′, 84′, 85′)
West Coast Rangers 10 (Cara Lonergan 4′, 54′, Sarah Sciarone 19′, 49′, Emily Lyon 26′, Luci Hollister 43′, 64′, Anna Sluyter 50′, 51′, 71′)
North Shore United 0
Birkenhead United 2 (Georgia Boden 53′, 66′)
Kapiti Coast United 1
Brooklyn Northern United 0
Nelson Suburbs 4 (Libby Hayday-Smith 24′, 48′, 85′, 90+1′)
Richmond Athletic 0
Dunedin City Royals 7 (Margarida Dias 20′, 54′, 82′, Toni Power 28′, Chelsea Whittaker 37′, Nieve Collin 50′, Emily Morison 71′)
Green Island 0
Northern AFC 0
Roslyn Wakari 5 (Emma Black 16′, Jemma Wilson 31′, 87′, Holly White 77′, Sophia Body 89′)
Palmerston North Marist, Mosgiel, Waterside Karori, Seatoun, Victoria University of Wellington, New Plymouth Rangers, Wellington United, Eastern Suburbs, Western Springs, Hamilton Wanderers, Auckland United.
The Kate Sheppard Cup is supported by the NZ Football Foundation.