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Tahlia Herman Watt on the chase for the Canterbury United Pride

Pride move into final

There were three North Canterbury girls in action for the Canterbury United Pride at English Park in the weekend. Gabi Rennie and Tahlia Herman-Watt started the match, with Freya Witham-Lodge coming on as a substitute. Midweek NZ Football had docked the Auckland side 9 points for an administrative error, meaning the Pride were already through to the final, but the result against the Northern Lights would decide who their opponent would be. Lose and they would face Northern again this weekend, win and they would face Capital.

It was a free-flowing match with opportunities for both teams, and whilst Northern kept possession and there was lots of movement, they couldn’t find a chink in the Pride defensive armour and it was still nil all at halftime. The second half proved similar until the Pride were gifted a corner, that appeared to headed across the line by the home team. They made the most of it, when Northern failed to clear the ball and Lily Bray blasted it home from closed range. They then put the result beyond doubt when Nicola Dominikovich played in Annalie Longo, who finished calmly for 2-0.

The Pride will face Capital in this weekend’s final.
It was a double header weekend at English Park, with the Dragon’s taking on perennial favourites Auckland City.  City dominated the possession and the Dragons had to work hard for every scrap of ball they could get, but the City side could not break the Dragons defense. Much to the delight of the crowd, Jacob Richards finished a cross from Eddie Wilkinson, for a one nil win to the Dragons.

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