In the late kick off, Westland United started off with a flurry of goals, scoring three within the first 10 minutes. The first goal from centre midfield Celine Stokowski came after only a few minutes when her cross turned into a shot with the aid of the blustery conditions at Arthur Fong, helpfully curling it into goal above the keeper’s hands. A couple minutes later striker Haley Pugh was rewarded with a goal when she powered through several defensive players for a nice finish. Shortly after, striker Kat Curnow slotted the ball into goal near the far post following a cross from Stokowski.
The Dragons settled things down and put pressure on United but good defence, especially from Jess Jackson at centre fullback kept them scoreless. Unfortunately, an own goal by the Dragons off a Stokowski corner kick made the game 4-0 for United at half time.
The Dragons played well in the second half, dominating the centre of the filed at times and started getting shots off. Curnow had a go in goal for the second half and did well to maintain Westland’s clean sheet. United didn’t let up though and Ngawai Tahi took the ball up the right wing from a goal kick to cross to Pugh to make the score 5-0.
More attempts on goal from United were close but not close enough. A beautiful hit across the face of the goal from Pugh didn’t find anyone at the far post and a power strike from far out saw Stokowski hit the inner post. The Dragons had chances too and Amelia How almost got a consolation goal in the last minute to add to her top goal scorer tally but it hit the crossbar leaving the score 5-0 at end of game.
United’s player of the day was striker Haley Pugh, as her quality footwork and juggling skills managed to get her around many a defensive player and rewarded her with 2 goals. Shelley Larsen earned the Dragon’s player of the day.