First Grade. Lost 3 – 2
Last round of the competition and todays game had a different feel about it. Neither team’s position on the table could change and we are due to meet each other next week in the semi’s.
With our captain being a late withdrawal due to sickness, there was a reshuffle in the backs and midfield. Both teams started well but Olympic got the early goal 12 minutes in from a corner. Our girls stuck to their game plan and we had a few attempts in the first half and were unlucky not go in 1-1 at half time.
Second half seen both teams play much the same way. We scored through a goal to Jordan in the 42nd minute but Sydney Olympic, not be denied, took the lead again in the 44th minute through a goal, once again, scored from a corner.
We weren’t finished with yet. Jordan scored a brace with another goal in the 50th minute to equalize at 2-2. A bit of feeling started to come into the game as both teams were wanting to go into next week with the advantage. Unfortunately for us, Olympic scored their 3rd in the 61st minute. We kept at them until the final whistle but their desperate defense denied us from scoring.
Thank you to Georgia James who made her first grade debut and Emma Garlick for filling in for us, you both did a great job.
Look forward to a great week at training and good luck girls in the semi final next week against Sydney Olympic. We would also like to wish the U/13’s, U/17’s and Reserve grade the best of luck for their semi’s and congratulate the U/15’s on a fantastic season.
WPL17 SSFA v Sydney Olympic
Pre-game discussions amongst the girls ensured everyone was on the same page for today’s game – WIN and by lots to secure top spot on the table!
Sutherland kicked off and applied pressure immediately in their opponent’s half with plenty of play on the left side and middle of the field. The Sydney Olympic goalie was made to work hard saving an early shot from Tahlee and soon after both Bec and Emily firing more shots. There were many wasted opportunities in the box. Bridget charged into the box, with her shot just going wide of the left post. Sutherland were relentless in their pursuit of the elusive first goal, constantly attacking the box.
The midfielders were dominating possession. Emily then struck the ball cleanly, but once again it was saved by the goalie. After 23mins Sutherland finally found the back of the net. Zoe put a brilliant ball through to Leanna (an inspired substitution) who placed the ball beautifully past the goalie. 1-0 and the flood gates began to open. Minutes later Sutherland was back attacking the box and Leanna again chipped the ball to the side of the goalie for her second, 2-0.
After the kick off, Jasmine made a break up the middle of the field and passed to Brodie who crossed the ball nicely to Grace but she couldn’t quite get her head to the ball.
The second half saw Jayika hungry for the ball in attack making some good runs forward. Bridget ran onto a through ball in the box but was cut down from behind. She was consequently taken off and no longer able to participate in the game. A penalty was awarded, but unbelievably the Olympic player was not carded by the referee. The penalty was not converted.
Sutherland regained possession again and Jasmine pressed on the defence with Leanna quickly adding to her goal tally – a great hat-trick! 3-0 to Sutho!
Sophia had a shot which rebounded off the goalie and then slotted into the net by Bella. 4 – 0! Sutherland continued to maintain their intensity with the Sydney Olympic defence scrambling to protect their goal. Brodie took a great shot but it ricocheted numerous times until Georgia cracked it into the back of the net. 5-0 to Sutherland!
Well done Sutherland, a great game to secure their position as Minor Premiers. This week saw the girls displaying more determination, along with improved passing and communication to completely outplay the opposition in every department. Bring on Finals Football!