Second place Westland United Women were hoping to close the gap against the Comets, who have a comfortable 6 point lead in the women’s competition. In the end, a 0-0 draw means the Comets’ lead stays the same.
The majority of the game was fought in the centre third of the field with scoring chances less than normally seen when these two teams meet. Comets offered up the first real chance of the game with a good strike from Rosa Cooper but Westland’s Casey Neill made a great save to knock it over the top of the net. Westland had their own chance not long after when a chipped cross found Bronwyn Slack alone outside the penalty box. Her shot went just over the top right-hand corner.
Possession swung back and forth in the second half with play opening up and each team starting to find gaps in the opponent’s defence. Georgia Goddard, Comets’ player of the day, and Cooper were involved in creating scoring chances but Westland’s defence, notably player of the day Jess Jackson, were too good at shutting things down and forcing errors. At the other end, Slack, Kat Curnow and Meg Glancy each got some chances but couldn’t convert. Westland will be happy to get a draw against the consistently dominant Comets.