7 Dec 2014

Mainland Pride defend national title

6:08 pm on 7 December 2014

Mainland Pride have secured back-to-back women's football League titles with a 3-1 win over the New Zealand Development side in Christchurch.

Mainland Rride players celebrate with the trophy.

Mainland Rride players celebrate with the trophy. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

First half goals from Lauren Dabner and Monique Barker set the home side on their way and Gareth Turnbull's team never relented as they squeezed and pressed the young New Zealand squad into mistakes in possession in their own half.

Daisy Cleverley pulled a goal back for the New Zealand Development team on the hour but an instant response within three minutes from the hosts through a Barker counter attack completed the job.

Speaking soon after the final whistle, Turnbull described the feeling of a group who dominated the 2014 competition with seven victories from eight matches.

"We're over the moon. Last year was very special, but to do it in front of the community who have supported us so much the last three years is huge."