Goals Galore


Kelly Cup Semi-Final
Petone Memorial
Sunday 21st August 2016
Attendance about 60

1982 : Pat Kelly (who cup is named after) presents Kelly Cup to Miramar's Marilyn Marshall

The Kelly Cup is in its 44th year and is New Zealand's oldest women's trophy. It is the premier cup competition for clubs in the Wellington and Lower North Island. Since the introduction of the National Women's Knockout Cup in 1994 it has slowly been losing some of it's prestige. There were only 8 entries this season, and one of them (Stop Out Central League) withdrew - the fact that Stop Out's 2nd team entered as well, doesn't help the prestige of the competition. The first round of this was played in April a full 17 weeks ago, it's almost as if Capital Football had forgotten about it, it is sad for a trophy and competition that deserves better.

The Semi-Final draw saw holders Seatoun visit Stop Out 2nds (and win 4-0) and the game I was at. Petone, currently 4th in Capital Premier hosting Central League runners up Upper Hutt City. It would also give Petone and newly appointed Capital Football National League co-coach, Sam Morrissery, a chance to actually see some of the players he may be in charge of in the coming National League season.

High scoring games are not uncommon in women's football, especially when there is a division gap between teams and today's game was definitely that!

Upper Hutt City make it 2-1 Photo : The JourneyFan
It went like this
  • 1st min     Petone         1-0
  • 6th min     Upper Hutt equalise 1-1
  • 13th min   Upper Hutt   2-1
  • 22nd min  Upper Hutt   3-1
  • 40th min   Upper Hutt   4-1
  • 43rd min   Upper Hutt   5-1
HALF TIME Petone 1 Upper Hutt City 5
  • 50th min   Petone         2-5
  • 57th min   Upper Hutt   6-2
  • 59th min   Petone         3-6 (Jade Morrissery gets a hat-trick)
  • 64th min   Upper Hutt   7-3
  • 68th min   Upper Hutt   8-3
  • 70th min   Petone         4-8 
  • 82nd min  Upper Hutt   9-4
  • 87th min   Upper Hutt 10-4
Petone                4 (Jade Morrissery 3, Own Goal)
Upper Hutt City 10 (Emily Morrison 2, Danielle Turton 2, R.Otte 2, Emma Main, 
                                Katie Barrott, Carolyn O'Reilly, Mikaela Hunt)

Upper Hutt City's 3rd or 4th goal  Photo : The JourneyFan
Despite losing by 6 goals, Petone did well and never gave up, and put 4 goals past a defence that has only conceded 10 in all competitions this season. Upper Hutt City hadn't played for a couple of weeks as their Central League campaign had been cut short by the mid season withdrawal of Valeron Wanderers, and it showed. They were rusty and making some silly mistakes on the ball and giving it away too easily. Petone probably showed them too much respect in the first half and didn't really capitalise on these errors, with the exception of a couple of uncharacteristic ones made by Upper Hutt keeper, Cushla Litchwark, who wasn't having a great day at the office.

The Kelly Cup allows for rolling subs and Upper Hutt City coach, Wendi Henderson, made full use of these giving everyone a run. Hopefully this helped as they come up against Glenfield Rovers in the Semi-Final of National Women's Knockout Cup next weekend and they can't afford to make the simple mistakes they were against Petone as they will get punished.

Click here for some photos of the game

The 44th Kelly Cup Final will be
Seatoun v Upper Hutt City
Petone Memorial
Sunday 4th September
Kick Off 1:15pm
Preceded by Executive Shield - Island Bay Sharkettes v North Wellington KO 11am