First Grade SSFA vs Inter Lions. Won 2 – 0 (Sun 7 May)
It was definitely a tough game today. Inter are always a hard opposition. The girls were playing some good football and were passing the ball around well, playing a very different style of game to Inter.
An interesting refereeing decision early on made it tough for our bench to keep our coach under control but once Jordy finally netted a goal, things seemed to calm down a little.
We went in at half time 1 nil up.
The second half was a very physical one with a total of 3 yellow cards for the game and there could have been a few more. Inter had an opportunity in the second half with a penalty in the box but the shot was pushed wide.
Georgia had a shot on goal, which hit the post and Jess was on the spot to finish it off.
Again, all 16 girls played well today and the team deserved the win.
Look forward to Southern next week at home, I expect a win for Mothers Day girls!!
Reserve Grade: SSFA Vs Gladesville. Friday Night Catch Up Game
The night was dark. Field foggy. Dew hung over the crisp synthetic field like a fading wave upon the sand. The Reserve Grade legends had been impatiently waiting for this moment for weeks- a final chance to finish off the magpie like team also known as Gladesville. After a ‘keep it simple’ pep talk from Coach Mark, the girls were ready to rumble. Toooooot! The game had begun.
After a ridiculous four minute half the girls were back out there and roaring to go.
Due to Sutherland’s dominating possession, our defensive line were for the most part in the clear, with Zoe H and Roisin swiftly switching the ball, while Max and Zoe Y made daring overlapping runs along the line, tearing up Gladesville’s defence. The midfield was held secure by the L team – Lauren and Lily, who distributed the ball perfectly and stopped the rare advances made by the opposition, while number 10 Mel made superb runs, as well as impressive through balls to the speedy Em Wyer and Kara, who took it in stride, breaking defenders ankles with their cuts, crisply passing the ball to striker Maddie, who led the attack with her solid tackles, keeping Gladesville pinned in. With fresh legs Bec subbed on the midfield grew stronger, and it was this unity in the team that led to a skillful Em Wyer to slot in a beauty, finishing the game at a solid 4 – 0 win. Onya girls, you ripper! By Roisin
Reserve Grade: Sutherland Vs Inter Lions
Round 4 saw Sutherland take on Inter Lions at Concord Oval. Sutherland began the game with good possession and build up play during the first 10 minutes of the game and were up 1-0. The strikers and midfielders defensive press on Inter Lions helped Sutherland win back possession easily when lost. Inter Lions were looking to play balls through Sutherland’s backline however, the weight of their passes let them down. For the rest of the first half both teams fought hard and it was Inter Lions centre defender who scored just before halftime. As second half began at 1-1 both teams were looking to score however, throughout the second half Sutherland were more dominant in holding onto the ball and stringing passes together from the backline through to the midfield and front three which lead to Sutherland taking the 3-1 win. By Bec
WPL 17 Round 1. SSFA -1 Gladesville Ravens – 0
Finally, after a disruptive stop/start preseason due to bad weather which ironically postponed this first round match, we find ourselves at Kareela No 3 on a cold, but clear Friday evening up against Gladesville Ravens who we had seen previously at Proctor Cup. We knew we were up against a fiery and physical team who play a high pressure on the ball style of game so the girls were going to have a challenging game to try and notch up the first 3 points of the season. With a double header this weekend the girls were keen to make a solid start to this fixture.
The game started with the Ravens dominating position and keeping the game fixed in our half. Our mids made up of our Captain Georgia, Bec and Jasmine struggled to settle play as did the whole team throughout the first half on the slippery synthetic surface, wet from the cool night air. Our passing was shaky and the team took time to settle into the pace of the game. Both teams scrambled mainly around the centre of the park with neither team really gaining the upper hand. Bella drove hard into the box hitting a shot which was blocked by the keeper as the passing started to settle with some glimpses of team flow beginning to show. Tahlee showed her pace and sound defensive skills by getting to the ball first and keeping the Ravens speedy right half at bay. Ravens continued to apply pressure on the ball while Sutho had to defend a number of corners throughout the half. All in all, a most uneventful half to be had.
After some motivational talk from the coach which I’m sure at least half of it was understood due to language barriers with folks from Middlesbrough, the second half saw our girls come out with a bit more composure as Bridget began to drive hard at the Ravens defence and Sutho began winning corners and free kicks in dangerous areas.
Then the moment we had been waiting for arrived. Our girls forced a goal kick, applied pressure to force the Ravens keeper to kick the ball out rather than play it out. A poor clearance results in Bec receiving the ball about midway into the Ravens half. She settles, then plays a lovely through ball to Bridget who takes the ball into the box at the keeper and between two defenders then slots it past the keepers diving hands and straight into the back of the net. Goal!! One up to the girls.
Brodie began to attack down the left hand side from the back, Bella made incisive runs through the midfield, Leanna constantly applied pressure to the Ravens defence forcing errors, Christina created opportunity down the wide flank with aggressive runs and pushes at the Ravens defence as Georgia, Jasmine and Bella settled the midfield control and the passing began to flow and ball movement became more settled. Emily defended like a champion stopping any attacking raids the Ravens came up with, while Zoe swept up anything loose that came close to our box. I don’t think the Ravens got a shot on goal all half keeping Akala our stand in keeper from the U15’s was very composed and dealt with everything she needed to. Ange and Amelia also played their parts extremely well off the bench in defence and attack.
With the final whistle blown, our first 3 points of the season gained, a good result from a game which had some glimpses of a team that can go all the way this year. Well done girls
WPL 17. SSFA 2 Vs Inter 1
Great sunny Sunday at Concord Oval. The girls were on fire piling the pressure on Inter.
Bridget got close to scoring twice and Emily just missed with a free kick just outside the box and all this in the first 10 minutes. Then it was Christina showing great speed but was unlucky with the ball going just wide of the post. Sutherland were all over Inter and in the 30th minute Emily took a free kick setting up the ball in the box for Rebecca to find the back of the net. The girls kept the pressure on and defended well and in the 33rd minute Sutherland were awarded another free kick 5 meters outside the box Georgia took it, putting a beautiful ball into the box and Emily finished it off finding the back of the net!!! 2 nil.
2nd half started off well with our girls taking control of the game frustrating Inter who in my opinion got a little pushy, was good to see our girls didn’t retaliate and kept they’re mind on the job at hand. Inter did manage to score in the last five minutes taking the score to 2 – 1 .
Our girls lifted a notch and defended well to the end. A great game was played by all our mid fielders who played strong all game and our backs held their line well and our forwards ran hard all day , our wingers are fast and talented.
Good to see girls are starting to gel and it can only get better from here.
Many thanks to the 15’s for backing up and to Emma G for doing what she does so well.
Last of all a big thanks to the coaching staff and Steve for not shouting much at all ….
Sutherland Shire FA v Gladesville. 0-3 loss 5 May 2017 – Round 1 (Rescheduled)
This was the game we were really pumped to play when it got washed out a few weeks ago and the lightning was there again tonight (pardon the pun ! ) with the speed of the game in the opening minutes. Unfortunately Gladesville’s pace was so quick which meant they got to the ball first quite often and it was almost like they had more players on the field. We all tried really hard and put some good passes together but we just didn’t get the opportunities like they did. Anyway, Sunday’s game is only 2 days away so let’s get out there with great determination and achieve great things – GO SUTHO !! by Georgia Hoff
Sutherland Shire FA vs Interlions. 0-0 draw May 7 – Round 4
Today we played Interlions, it was our third game and we were ready to give it our all. After a good warmup we took to the field confidently. We kept possession for most of the first half with few shots on goal. They had a few lucky breaks but our team was fast to transition back.
In the second half we created many opportunities for our forwards but we couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. We did some great combination play in the middle and we’re just unlucky not to come out of it with a win. Thankyou to Abbey, Meg and Lucy from the 13s for playing up for us, they did a great job!
It was a great game with heaps of intensity, good effort girls! by Georgia Ethell
WPL U13s vs Interlions. May 7, 2017. Result: Draw 2-2
Our game against Interlions in the big stadium at Concord oval saw us finish with our first draw of the season.
It was a rough game from start to finish and we struggled to find our rhythm. Georgia’s decisive goal lifted our confidence. Brodie aggressively and fiercely protected our goals and inspired us to work harder and win the ball.
At one point when we were losing we kept our heads up and kept fighting for the ball.
A sneaky back heel goal from Megan caught Interlions off guard and saw us finish with a 2 all draw.