Second-half substitutions paid off for Otumoetai as they came from behind to beat Tauranga City 4-3 in a thrilling cross-town derby in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Championship.
Having switched the game from Sunday to play under lights at Links Ave, Otumoetai trailed the home side 2-1 at half-time.
But coach Jack Boland brought on five subs for the second half and they delivered three goals to win the match, with Taryn Holloway scoring twice and Grace Duncan adding her side’s fourth.
The win lifted Otumoetai off bottom place.
Fencibles United continued their winning form with a 6-0 rout of Central United.
They led 1-0 at the break but stormed home with five different scorers in the second spell.
Games played on Thursday April 6, 2023
Fencibles United 6 (Nina Feliciano 18′, 57′, Mischa Marais 50′, Millee Loxton 52′, Hayley Bilk 76′, Amy Edwards-Maas 83′)
Central United 0
Tauranga City 3 (Briana Osborne 8′, Talia Entwistle 36′, Emma Cawte 87′)
Otumoetai 4 (Halle Carr 21′, Taryn Holloway 60′, 68′, Grace Duncan 84′)
Game to be played on Friday April 7, 2023
Franklin United v Onehunga Sports
Drury Sports Complex, Drury, 11 am
Games to be played on Sunday April 9, 2023
Manukau United v Te Atatu
Walter Massey Park, Mangere East, 1 pm