A late goal by Peta van Hattum has kept the 100% winning record intact for Hibiscus Coast who extended their lead of the NRF Women’s Championship with a 1-0 win at Franklin United.
After winning their first nine games, Coast travelled to Drury to face third-placed Franklin United, a side with the competition’s second-best defence, having conceded only five goals.
And for 86 minutes, it looked as though the Franklin rearguard was going to hold out.
But in the 87th minute, van Hattum scored the winner, her 11th of the season, to make it win number 10.
Photo: Hibiscus Coast on the attack at Drury. Credit: Joan Grey.
Meanwhile, in Sunday’s other game, Onehunga Sports beat Central United 2-1 to stay in pursuit of leaders Coast.
After a goalless first half, Nikoline Meldgaard broke the deadlock at Waikaraka Park, scoring for Sports in the 51st minute.
Substitute Jessica Gallagher doubled the Onehunga lead on the hour.
Central picked up a consolation goal in the 87th minute through substitute Nicole Loader.
Game played Friday July 15, 2022
Fencibles United 1 (Olivia Taylor 11′)
Metro 1 (Tayla O’Brien 9′)
Games to be played Sunday July 17, 2022
Onehunga Sports 2 (Nikoline Meldgaard 51′, Jessica Gallagher 60′)
Central United 1 (Nicole Loader 87′)
Franklin United 0
Hibiscus Coast 1 (Peta van Hattum 87′)