• Taradale women's footballers make emphatic statement

Taradale women's footballers make emphatic statement

A top of the table clash awaited Taradale's Federation Cup women's footballers as they hopped off the bus in Palmerston North yesterday.

Taradale made an emphatic statement with a 4-1 victory against Palmerston North Marist after leading 4-0 at halftime. Olivia Harding got the first goal with some great hustle to win the ball high up on the pitch and then Helen Talbot scored a screamer when Palmy Marist only cleared a corner as far as her feet for her to smash it home top corner.

Captain Cara O’Neill (pictured above) then joined in on the party getting on the end of some great build up play to add another two.

The second half saw Taradale still dominate but not able to convert any more chances and Marist managed to sneak a consolation goal against the run of play. Taradale coach Aleesha Heywood was pleased with how the team played to secure the win  and go four points clear of Marist, who do have a game in hand.

O’Neill also leapfrogged Holly Kliensman from New Plymouth to go top of the golden boot standings. For Taradale,  NGHS Year 11 centre back Tyla Henman was outstanding earning her player of the day honours.