Wellington book repeat final in thrilling fashion

The Stirling Sports Premiership final will be a repeat of last year’s showdown between Auckland City and Team Wellington after the latter defeated Waitakere United on penalties this afternoon to finally settle a 12-goal thriller.

With Wellington the league’s top scorers and featuring golden boot winner Tom Jackson in their ranks, there was expected to be plenty of goalmouth action in the second semi-final at David Farrington Park and that proved to be the case in a remarkable contest.

After an evenly-fought opening to proceedings, it was the visitors who drew first blood in the 35th minute. German striker Pascal Reinhardt got a slight touch on a free kick before the ball appeared to then be bundled home by an unfortunate defender as a pile of bodies flew in at the back post.