Girls win title after shootout

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Triumphant team . . . The Dunedin Tech 10th grade team celebrate winning the Alan Fraser Memorial tournament at Kaiapoi on Sunday (back row from left) coach Ingrid Swanson, players Olivia O'Brien, Ella Smale, Sophie Moors (all 10), Lucy Swanson (9), manager Paige Hughes and Philippa Davidson (10); (front row from left) players Maia Scott, Hannah Scott, Bianca Davidson (all 10), Hannah Watterston (9), Riley Matthews (10) and Elsie Munro (9). PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A team of young Dunedin football players have clinched a tournament title in Christchurch after holding their nerve in a penalty shootout to win the final.

The Dunedin Technical 10th grade girls won the Alan Fraser Memorial tournament played at Kaiapoi’s Kendall Park at the weekend after going through pool play unbeaten with five wins.

The team, coached by Ingrid Swanson, recorded wins against Ferrymead Bays 8-0, Cashmere Tech 5-1, Selwyn United 7-2, Waimakariri United 5-1, and Mid Canterbury 2-1 before taking on Mid Canterbury again in the playoff for first and second.

The final ended in a goal-less draw and the young players went to a penalty shootout. Mid Canterbury took an early lead before Dunedin levelled and it was left to goal keeper Riley Matthews to save the last shot from Mid Canterbury before switching roles and slotting the final and deciding penalty for the Dunedin team.

Swanson said she was delighted the team had won the tournament.

“I’m so proud of how each and every one of the girls played. It was a real team effort.”

The team will be back to the club competition on their home ground, Culling Park, next weekend.