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The Southern United women's side can no longer make the final of the national women's league after losing 2-0 to the Northern Lights in Auckland yesterday.
The first 25 minutes of Southern's biggest game of the season was one that was end to end and all over the paddock.
Both teams had ample opportunities to take the lead but neither could break the deadlock.
Then, after much deliberation between the referee and an assistant, the first goal of the game was awarded to Northern player Maggie Jenkins, a goal which came when a ricocheted ball in the box fell to her feet to allow her to slot it past goalkeeper Jade Middleditch in the 25th minute.
Jenkins struck again in the 33th minute.
The second 45 minutes was once again end to end, Southern showing its physicality as it looked to try to get back
into the game.
However, the home team was able to hold the Southern attack at bay.
Southern will now battle for third against Auckland at Forsyth Barr Stadium next weekend.
- By Holly Percival