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Confessions of a diseased specimen

Glenfield Rovers 5, Massey University 0
McFetridge Park, Auckland, July 20 2014

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First off, an apology, I have been a little bit slack in the last couple of weeks. This is because I was struck down with a very sad case of aggressive and debilitating manflu two Thursdays ago, and try as I might I still haven’t managed to fully shake the blasted disease off. It is because of this that I was too sick to leave the house weekend before last, so covered no football. This weekend just been I went to both New Zealand Knockout Cup semi-finals on show in the City of Sails, but to be completely honest it was freezing cold, my throat was killing me, I was coughing my lungs out, and I probably shouldn’t have been there. As it was, while there in body, my mind wasn’t completely switched on, hence I have struggled a bit to produce the two blog posts that should have both been up by now. So sorry about that.

But enough wallowing in self-pity. Albeit belatedly, here’s part one of two!

The second thing I need to do in this post, is present a big virtual bouquet of long stem red roses to New Zealand Football, who I have often criticised for the way women’s football is prioritised, for scheduling these two semis one after the other. There were nice little crowds at each with some people taking full advantage of the opportunity to enjoy both contests. It may have been that the earlier kick-off suited flight times from and to Palmerston North for the Massey ladies, but even so the turning of these two interesting match-ups into a virtual double-header was a great move and should happen whenever possible to maximise exposure for the women’s game.

Right, so ‘woe is me blubber’ – check, and sucking up to NZF – check. Now what can I say about Glenfield vs Massey? Well, it was perhaps a little bit disappointing not to see a closer contest but this was to be expected all things considered. For starters Massey had apparent injury woes with two key players (Emily McColl and Rhonda Bridges) missing from the starting line-up not to mention prolific goalscorer Emma Boyack who has been out for over a year. Plus, I have to say when I was down in Wellington a couple of weeks ago blogging Seatoun’s 3-2 win over Upper Hutt, I thought in terms of quality that Seatoun would be a mid-table side in the Northern League at best, and they are currently ahead of Massy on the Central League table.

Given all that it was probably safe to assume that this game would potentially be a tad one sided, even taking into account the traditional tightness of cup encounters. As it turned out 5-0 was probably a reasonably just score, even if 5-1 might have been a slightly fairer reflection. Jess Oulaghan had a couple of good chances for the visitors and it would have been nice to see them head back to the Manawatu with something to show for their long trip. It wasn’t to be unfortunately as Glenfield advanced to their second final in a row, earning the chance to make up for their downing at the hands of Coastal Spirit in last season’s climax.

No prizes for guessing who the hero was, with four goals Katie Rood continued her excellent form of late (she has scored 17 goals in 11 league games so far this season). After Bridgette Armstrong’s opener at around about the half hour mark it was all Rood as she banged in four in succession, one just before the break and the rest in the second half, to end Massey’s dreams of a second final in the space of three years.

So that’s one out of two for Northern Football, who also had a runner in the other semi-final – the as yet unstoppable Forrest Hill Milford who took on defending champions Coastal Spirit of Christchurch. Will Auckland’s North Shore boast both Knockout Cup finalists or can the Cantabrians buck the trend? Tune in later in the week for my blog post on the other match to find out! Or just Google it. Whatevs.

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

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