Northern Rovers win national U-17 women’s title after tense penalty shootout

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Northern Rovers are the national U-17 women’s champions after beating Auckland United in the tournament final at Auckland’s Seddon Fields.

Rovers won the Championship final 6-5 in a penalty shootout after the teams were tied 1-1 at the end of normal time.

Rovers had taken the lead through a superb free kick in the first half from Alexis Cook, who maintained her record of scoring in every fixture she played during the four-day tournament.

Late in the second half, Auckland United levelled when age group international Ruby Nathan scored from the penalty spot.

The penalty shootout was tense as players from both sides stepped forward, striking the ball with confidence.

But Rovers got the edge and will take the title home with them.

Earlier in the day, Ellerslie won the Bowl final and West Coast Rangers won the Plate final.

Main photo: Rovers players celebrate at the conclusion of the penalty shootout.

The Rovers players congratulate Alexis Cook after her first half goal.

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Games played on Sunday December 11, 2022



Auckland United 5
Northern Rovers 6

Rovers won 6-5 on penalties after 1-1 draw


Ellerslie 4
Western Springs 3

Ellerslie won 4-3 on penalties after 2-2 draw


West Coast Rangers 1
Melville United 0

READ MORE: Our earlier stories from the tournament are here >>>>

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