Holders Auckland United face a potentially tough challenge when they meet Western Springs in their third-round Kate Sheppard Cup tie on Sunday.
The sides meet at Seddon Fields in an early evening game (5.30pm kick off).
Springs’ chances may depend on their starting line-up, as many of their senior players were absent for last weekend’s Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League game against Northern Rovers.
That did not stop Springs from winning 6-0, but they’ll need to be at their best to topple an Auckland United team that’s sitting second on the league table, a point ahead of their cup opponents.
League leaders Eastern Suburbs head to the Waikato on Sunday for a tie with Hamilton Wanderers, beaten finalists in the 2021 cup, for which the final was delayed till last year because of the pandemic.
Main photo: Auckland United players celebrate at the final whistle of last year’s Kate Sheppard Cup final after beating Northern Rovers. Photo credit: Andrew Cornaga / Phototek.
Sunday’s ties will wrap up the seven matches to be played over the weekend, to find the clubs that will join Dunedin City Royals in the cup quarter-finals.
The Royals beat Otago University 3-1 in midweek to become the first name that will go into next week’s draw for the last eight.
Game to be played on Friday June 16, 2023
Fencibles United v Otumoetai
William Green Domain, Pakuranga, 7pm
Games to be played on Saturday June 17, 2023
Wellington United v Seatoun
Rugby League Park, Newtown, 12pm
Palmerston North Marist v Petone
Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, 5.30pm
Games to be played on Sunday June 18, 2023
Hamilton Wanderers v Eastern Suburbs
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, 1pm
Manukau United v Ellerslie
Mangere Centre Park, Mangere, 2pm
Nelson Suburbs v Coastal Spirit
Saxton Fields, Nelson, 11am
Western Springs v Auckland United
Seddon Fields, Westmere, 5.30pm
Game played on Wednesday June 14, 2023
Dunedin City Royals 3 (NIeve Collin 40′, 64′, Hannah Mackay-Wright 78′ pen)
Otago University 1 (Abby Nicolson 14′)
Kate Sheppard Cup
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