West Coast Rangers cruised to a 5-1 win against Hamilton Wanderers in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League.
But they had to be patient after Wanderers led for half an hour and put up plenty of resistance at Fred Taylor Park.
The Waikato visitors went ahead after 15 minutes through Ayla Koopu and almost made it into the half-time dressing rooms with their lead but Rangers found an equaliser through Emily Lyon at the end of the half.
Rangers emerged from the break with a sense of urgency that led to a burst of scoring.
Chloe Bellamy put Rangers ahead two minutes after the restart.
Lorna Selby extended the lead to 3-1 in the 55th minute.
Then, Cara Lonergan and Bellamy added more goals in the 64th and 68th minutes.
With a 5-1 lead, Rangers were able to use all their subs and cruise to the finish line.
The result doesn’t change the table positions but ensures both teams stay in 8th (Rangers) and 9th (Wanderers), regardless of the results from the final round.
Main photo: Chloe Bellamy … scored twice for Rangers. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
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′)
Game played Friday August 26, 2022
Western Springs 2 (Sam Tawharu 4′, Lily Taitimu 87′)
Northern Rovers 1 (Angela Pivac 86′)
Game played Saturday August 27, 2022
West Coast Rangers 5 (Emily Lyon 45′, Chloe Bellamy 47′, 68′, Lorna Selby 55′, Cara Lonergan 64′)
Hamilton Wanderers 1 (Ayla Koopu 15′)
Game to be played Sunday August 28, 2022
Eastern Suburbs (3rd) v Tauranga City (8th)
Madills Farm, Auckland, 3pm