Danielle Canham celebrated her 17th birthday with four goals for Northern Rovers whose 5-0 win against Tauranga City keeps them clear at the top of the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League.
After a scoreless first half, Canham cut loose, scoring a hat-trick in little more than quarter of an hour at McFetridge Park.
Courtney Noble chipped in with her side’s fourth of the day before Canham put the icing on her cake with another with five minutes to go.
The win keeps Rovers nine points clear, and with a game in hand over nearest rivals Western Springs.
Main photo: Danielle Canham … a happy birthday for the Rovers goalscorer. File image: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Meanwhile, in Sunday’s other fixture, Eastern Suburbs brushed aside Hamilton Wanderers 5-0 at Madills Farm.
Suburbs struck twice in the opening quarter, through Deven Jackson and Jade Parris.
Rebekah van Dort added a third in the 44th minute, and the sides went into half-time with the home side leading 3-0.
Parris scored her second of the day as play resumed, effectively ending the contest.
Aimee Atkins finished the scoring with a fifth goal in the final minute.
Games played Friday July 15, 2022
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Western Springs 3 (Rina Hirano 39′, Chloe Henderson 41′, 59′)
Ellerslie 2 (Kimberley Oosterbeek 33′, Kathryn Gow 75′)
West Coast Rangers 2 (Chloe Bellamy 4′, Marissa Porteous 89′)
Auckland United 5 (Martine Puketapu 18′, 50′, 61′, Stella Lawson 36′, Bree Johnson 38′)
Games played Sunday July 17, 2022
Eastern Suburbs 5 (Deven Jackson 12′, Jade Parris 18′, 47′, Rebekah Van Dort 44′, Aimee Atkins 90′)
Hamilton Wanderers 0
Northern Rovers 5 (Danielle Canham 49′, 62′, 66′, 85′, Courtney Noble 74′)
Tauranga City 0