Taieri grabs valuable points against Uni B

Momona striker Nicole Strawbridge (left) and City Highlanders defender Sara Cooper compete for...
Momona striker Nicole Strawbridge (left) and City Highlanders defender Sara Cooper compete for the ball in their Dunedin premier women's match at the McMillan Turf on Saturday. The game ended in a 1-1 draw but Momona added the extra point in the shootout. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O'CONNER
In a women's catch-up match last night, Taieri gained some much-needed points with a 5-0 win over a struggling and somewhat depleted University B.

The Tigers got off to a flying start and had two or three clearcut chances in the first five minutes.

While they were not able to break the stalemate, this early attack set the tone for the rest of the match.

Taieri was able to move the ball around at will and when patient and composed it looked extremely dangerous.

Late in the first quarter, Bex Clementson put it ahead with a powerful reverse strike.

University had its best period midway through the second quarter and put together penalty corners and shots on goal, but was not able to strike.

This fired Taieri up further and it added a second through an Olivia West penalty stroke.

Early in the second half, Clementson scored again after a series of slick short passes.

The Stingrays had another strong period with more penalty corners, but never really threatened to get back in the match and their missing numbers started to really hurt them as the match went on.

They tried hard in defence, but without substitutions, their strikers were not able to press hard and put the Taieri defenders under real pressure.

In the fourth quarter, Taieri added two further goals through wonderful deflections to Chantelle Murrell and Sophie Gray.

City squeezed past Kings 4-3 in yesterday's other game.

In Saturday's games, Taieri beat Kings 1-0, University A put away University B 6-0 - meaning a tough weekend for the Stringrays - while Momona and City battled to a 1-1 draw, with Momona scoring the extra point in the shootout.

Momona retains its lead over the chasing pack, although City and Uni A are close behind.

Taieri is now more comfortable in fourth, while Kings is a win ahead of Uni B in fifth.

 - Matthew West 

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