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Mark Cromie Holden Northland vs Bayleys Midlands
Two teams who both needed to secure an outright win to make the top two for the weekend turned up for what was going to be a tightly fought game. Northland scored 6 minutes into the game from a penalty corner goal to Alana Laybourn. The lead was then extended in the 15th minute when Anna Alexander put in a cross from Madison Doar. Northland were up 2-0 at the half.
Midlands entered the second half looking more composed and trying to get themselves back into the match. At the 51 minute mark, Midlands scored their first goal of the game from a Georgia Morton penalty corner. They continued to apply the pressure and had a number of penalty corners. Midlands hard work eventually paid off with another goal in 55th minute from a Frances Davies shot on a penalty corner to tie the game, 2-2. Needing the win, Midlands kept their goal keeper off the field but it wasn’t enough and the game went to a shootout where Northland proved clutch to win yet another shootout game.
The win to Northland ends both teams chances of making the top two. They’ll both be looking to come back on Saturday to secure a place in the bronze medal match on Sunday.
Full Time: Mark Cromie Holden Northland 2, Bayleys Midlands 2 (Shootout 3:2)
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