Women’s footballers draw with Canterbury Christ Church

Kingston’s Cougars settled for a 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s match against Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Kaia Tufteland

The Kingston women’s football team had to accept a 1-1 draw against Christ Church but can take some positives as they lost to the same team earlier in February.

Canterbury were more aggressive, dominating possession in the first half but Kingston came back with more commitment in the second.

Both teams had goals ruled offside, sparking controversy.

“I think theirs was offside and ours wasn’t. Charmaine True was onside, she was just quicker than the defender and obviously the girl (the referee) just saw her on the other side. It wasn’t offside,” Kingston captain Flo Amess said.

Two offsides

After a free kick being headed out for a throw for Kingston Charmaine True got the ball in the 16-meter box and scored, but was whistled for offside by the line referee.

In second half it was Canterbury whose goal was disallowed.

“I reckon they both should have been allowed. One of our defenders was on the line, their goal should have counted so should have ours,” said Canterbury captain, Ellie Carrarini.

Upped their game

After 15 minutes Zoe Evans gave Canterbury the lead when she looped a shot past the Kingston goalkeeper.

Kingston stepped up their game and came back towards the end of first half.  They equalised when Becky Tansey headed home a corner.

“I have never scored with my head, I don’t even know how I did it. But it was a good feeling, and at least we got a draw and got a point,” Tansey said.

Unlucky shots

Kingston also had the chance to take the lead when Amess took a free kick from 30 metres with the ball almost finding the top corner.

“Well we should have won. They beat us 3-2 the last time so at least we got a draw even though we deserved the win, but it was unlucky,” Amess said. 

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