Footballsouth narrowly lost 5-4 to a robust Central side in
the Women's National League match played in windswept
Palmerston North yesterday.
The strong wind was a major factor but, into the teeth of the
gale, Otago's Chelsea Whittaker opened in spectacular
fashion, shooting Footballsouth into a 1-nil lead in under a
However, Central hit back with a goal that looked offside,
then went on to achieve a 3-1 halftime lead.
In the second spell, Jordan Walker brought the deficit back
to 3-2 with a well-taken goal.
Central replied to make the score 4-2 but on the bounce Alex
McIntosh shot Otago back into contention 4-3, only for
Central to pounce on a defensive error and make a 5-3 with
little time left.
Playing well with the wind, Otago again cranked up pressure,
and a well structured move finished with Shontelle Smith
passing to Sam Muirhead, who laced Footballsouth back into
contention at 5-4. But time ran out, and coach Nick Rzepecky
had to be satisfied with his team's battling performance
rather than the actual score.
"Footballsouth played with great skill and spirit. That was
never better illustrated than by Kushla Glover, who was our
player of the day.
"She drove the midfield onwards and played through a nasty
injury that had her face covered in blood," Rzepecky said.