Pride kick off title defence in style

The Pride celebrate a goal from Whitney Hepburn (13) against Capital on Sunday.
The Pride celebrate a goal from Whitney Hepburn (13) against Capital on Sunday.
Canterbury United Pride kicked off the defence of their National Women's League title in style with a 6-0 thumping of Capital at English Park on Sunday.

The visitors were very much in the game at half-time with the Pride taking a slender one-goal lead into the break after Nicola Dominikovich struck midway through the half.

However, the quality of Alana Gunn’s side began to show in the second period. Bel Van Noorden made it 2-0 soon after the restart before Whitney Hepburn helped herself to a double while Jasmine Donald and Britney-Lee Nicholson also found the net to complete the 6-0 route.

“The first half was a really even competition but I think we showed our class in the second half and put the game to bed, which was really pleasing,” said Gunn.

This Sunday the pride host Central at English Park. The match kicks off at 2pm.

At a glance:

National Women’s League week one:

Canterbury United Pride 6 (Nicola Dominikovich 25’, Bel van Noorden 49’, Whitney Hepburn 72’, 84’, Jasmine Donald 75’, Britney-Lee Nicholson 82’)
Capital Football 0
HT: 1-0

Southern United 6 (Shontelle Smith pen 2’, Chelsea Whittaker 24’, Hannah Mackay-Wright 32’, Lena de Ronde 63’, Mikayla Gray 66’, Ruby Anderson 88’)
Central Football 0
HT: 3-0

WaiBOP Football 0
Auckland Football 3 (Stephanie Skilton 7’, Katie Duncan 22’, Britney Cunningham-Lee 77’)
HT: 0-2

BYE: Northern Lights