WPL First Grade vs Marconi. 3 – 3
Firstly let me congratulate the club, its players, coaches, managers, parents and supporters for their continued support, which has seen us win the club championship. A very well deserved result for the players and coaches who have worked very hard over the last few years to get us there. Bring on 2018.
Our game on the weekend: we came out with all guns blazing, the first 20 minutes we dominated with Raegan scoring our first goal only 4 minutes in. She managed to draw out the keeper, get around her and scored. Up 1 – 0. From here on in, we seemed to drop off a little and we let Marconi score in the 38th minute.
Second half was not much different. 53 minutes in and Marconi got another goal. Our girls did not give up and after a free kick seen Marconi hand ball it in the box, Nicole stood up to take the penalty. And she didn’t disappoint, bottom left hand corner and we were back 2 – 2. This seemed to lift our girls and their intensity increased. Unfortunately for us, Marconi were able get another shot on goal which seen the ball dribble over the line for a scrappy 3rd goal. Not to be out done, in the 83rd minute Jordan put a ball through for Dani to be on the spot to tap it in.
We will take the point on a day that wasn’t one of our best. It is great to see Dani back playing and thank you to Jon for standing in as coach. Big game next week against Sydney Olympic and then semi’s.
WPL Reserve Grade 2 Vs Marconi 2
It was a warm sunny winter day at Bates Drive for our last home game of the regular season. Knowing that the Minor Premiership was secured, it is fair to say that the girls did not play their best game today. A few outstanding individual displays were enough to secure a hard fought 2–2 draw against a very determined Marconi side. In particular, Zoe Y was on fire all afternoon up and down the right flank. She scored a screamer in the opening minutes of the game which was a candidate for goal of the year. Marconi scored the next two goals of the game and it looked they were going to hang on to their lead and claim victory in the end. However, with only two minutes left on the clock, Mel curled in a stunning free kick over Marconi’s wall which gave the diving keeper no chance. In the end, the draw was probably a fair result. With only one round of the regular season to go, it is now time for the girls to refocus for the upcoming finals. It has been a pleasure watching the mighty Sutherland Reserves dominate the opposition teams throughout a very enjoyable season. Good luck in the lead up to the finals girls! By Zelka
WPL17’s SSFA 0 vs Marconi 1
Marconi made the trip down south knowing that they needed to win to keep their semi -final chances alive. Sutherland having already secured a top 2 spot had less to play for, however, club championship points, a minor premiership, as well as pride after being beaten in the first round by Marconi, was at stake.
Sophia had a great chance in the 2nd minute of the game but was denied. A scramble in Sutherlands goalmouth followed shortly afterwards and the girls knew they were in for a tough afternoon. Marconi were again confident enough to play out of the back and this allowed them to settle into a rhythm. Marconi hit the target in the 12th minute but this was calmly greeted by Matildas large mits. Grace retaliated in the 13th minute with a great shot that was surely on target but was blocked in flight.
Midway through the first half and it was not clear who was winning a tight battle for the middle of the pitch. Georgia tried to break the deadlock from outside the box but her shot was just wide. Marconi settled the battle somewhat with a well-orchestrated goal in the 25th minute. Sutherland tried to immediately hit back and Sophia was again denied in a one on one with the keeper. This followed some excellent anticipation from the back by Rebecca and a perfectly timed ball to her striker. There was some strong play just before half time as Sutherland tried to regain the ascendancy, but Marconi appeared up for the contest.
Not long after half time our dead ball specialist, Emily, flirted with the goal mouth on 2 occasions but to no avail. Tahlee nearly caught the goalie by surprise after Marconi cleared but her attempt was cleared off the line by a more attentive defender. Sutherland grew in confidence and were certainly in the ascendancy for much of the second half. Grace won a lot of ball for us in the middle as did Georgia and Jazz. Alas we couldn’t convert the possession to goals. Emily decided to take matters into her own hands by charging from the back all the way to the opposition by line but her cross failed to find an ally. Marconi did have a couple of long range attempts but really they had spent all their energy in the first half. A raft of corners and another dead ball opportunity arose for the girls but they just couldn’t finish off. It was a really entertaining game and great to see two sides who wanted to play good football
Looking forward to finishing off the season proper next week with a confident performance against Olympic before the finals series.
WPL15’s SSFA 1 vs Marconi 2
Today’s match, round 17, sees Sutherland u15’s up against Marconi Stallions. Once the whistle blew, Sutherland remained possession for the first minute until unfortunately Marconi transitioned quick into attack and that saw Marconi go 1-0 up. Marconi created many unlucky, but lucky for us, chances, but our back line held our team strong. We also had many chances at a goal, but we were unable to slip the ball past their keeper. Then in the 20th minute, Marconi had a corner and passed the ball to a player just outside the 18-yard box where she took a shot and scored. Halftime whistle blows and score board reads 2-0. Overall, we switched the ball well and we matched Marconi in physicality.
We were all eager to come out in the second half and make a comeback on the scoreboard. Our 7, 9 and 11 all had multiple attempts at goal but it was difficult to get past Marconi’s back line. Luckily for Sutherland, Mia gained a penalty and Ang shot top right corner to make it 2-1.
We matched Marconi’s physicality and had many near misses, unlucky not to get another goal. Overall, we transitioned well as a team and switched the ball well. Go Sutho! (by Sarah Roddy)
WPL – U13s Sutherland vs Marconi 0-0
Both teams came out wanting to win today and both teams fought a hard battle. The first half we passed a good ball around with both teams taking the long ball option. Marconi had the first shot in goal, with Brodie pulling off the save of the season! Sutherland dominated the second quarter with Tilly making a great run up the line from a magic ball from Nicole. The backs were strong and we had a few extra shots. Second half we came out strong just unlucky not to score. Marconi started to use the force against our forwards, but we battled back. Marconi had a couple of shots but Brodie covered all their attempts. Milly took off strong down the line taking on all the Marconi midfielders and was unlucky not to score. All the girls played a tough battle. Well done (By Bella Currey)