Momona succeeds in shootout

City Highlanders player Jamie Preston hits the ball past University Stingrays player Olivia...
City Highlanders player Jamie Preston hits the ball past University Stingrays player Olivia McLeod at the McMillan Hockey Centre on Saturday. Photo: McIntosh
Momona was looking to regain second place on Saturday, after going down to University A in the first round.

With university exams causing some havoc for many teams this weekend, many results were in question.

Momona started the stronger and took the lead midway through the first half through young striker Angelique Peyroux. As has been the case in many of their matches this season it was a question of which University Huskies side would show.

The students seem to step up in the bigger matches but can struggle to put away the weaker sides.

The Huskies were on the ball and levelled the scores through the experienced Kezia Taylor. Matches with fire that have gone down to the wire have been a rarity in the past but this season has put on some great matches and this was no different. Both teams pushed hard for the killer blow but finishing let them down. In the end, a rare draw occurred and the shootout was required to separate the sides.

Momona missed first up and University scored which gave it a strong advantage, but the remaining two Momona strikers hit the netting.

Momona goalkeeper Jaysha Tippins, having recently recovered from a serious ankle injury, made two stops to gain what might be a crucial competition point for her side.

In the other matches, competition leader City Highlanders comfortably dispatched Uni B Stingrays 5-0, while a last-second winner allowed Taieri Tigers to sneak past a fighting Kings United side 4-3.

The final round starts next week. City is racing along on 40 points, the Huskies are second with 27 and  Momona close behind on 24. Taieri sits comfortably fourth but with work to do on 18, Kings has 8 and University Stingrays yet to score a point.

- Matthew West

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