» Preview: Every game’s a cup final now

WaiBOP go into round five of the ASB Women’s League knowing every game is now a cup final, says coach Simon Mead.

“We’ve had two losses so can’t afford another if we want to make the semi-finals,” he says.

WaiBOP play Mainland Pride this Sunday (kick off 11am) in the first match of a double header at Rotorua International Stadium, ahead of WaiBOP United’s debut in the ASB Premiership (kick off 1pm).

Sixth-placed WaiBOP need to win to remain in the hunt for a top three berth and a shot at the semi-finals.

Coach Mead and assistant Ian Heath have named the same 15 players who travelled to Dunedin last weekend for a 3-2 win against Football South, but have added goalkeeper Em Hanrahan to the squad.

Mainland Pride arrive in Rotorua as the ASB Women’s League’s only unbeaten side, sitting in second place on the table after a 2-1 win at Auckland last weekend.

Sunday’s match programme can be downloaded from http://tinyurl.com/o86h8ra

WaiBOP Football squad

1 Em Hanrahan
3 Emma Baker
4 Kylie Jens
5 Alex Shadbolt
6 Kate Carlton
9 Libby Williams
10 Jackie Pretswell
11 Kat Robinson
13 Alice Bennett
14 Chelsea Elliott
15 Emma Cawte
16 Eilesh Hayes
17 Kerri Gerrits
18 Tessa Leong
22 Sarah Krystman
25 Amanda Wilshier

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