A hat-trick from Britney Cunningham-Lee has inspired Ellerslie to an emphatic 6-1 win against Kate Sheppard Cup finalists Auckland United.
Playing at Michaels Ave Reserve in the pouring rain on Thursday night, Ellerslie took a commanding 3-0 lead by half-time and then finished off the job in the second half.
Cunningham-Lee, who is Ellerslie’s leading scorer this season, opened her account with a goal in the 21st minute.
Sarah Carpenter, who joined Ellerslie from Hamilton Wanderers this season, doubled her side’s lead with a 29th-minute goal.
Cunningham-Lee finished the half with her second goal.
Ellerslie stretched their lead to 4-0 within two minutes of the restart, through Kathryn Gow.
Auckland United pulled back a goal in the 54th minute when Bree Johnston found the net.
But Cat Pretty restored the four-goal margin with a goal in the 77th minute before Cunningham-Lee completed her hat-trick with the game’s final goal in the last minute.
Cunningham-Lee now has nine goals for the season.
Main photo: Britney Cunningham-Lee (right) … a hat-trick against the Kate Sheppard Cup finalists. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
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Game played Thursday August 25, 2022
Ellerslie 6 (Britney Cunningham-Lee 21′, 45′, 90′, Sarah Carpenter 29′, Kathryn Gow 47′, Cat Pretty 77′)
Auckland United 1 (Bree Johnson 54′)
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