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Round 16 Review - PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women's
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016 18:39 Age: 2 yrs
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Round 16 Review - PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women's

The top 4 is all but settled now at the conclusion of Round 16 of the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s 2016. Potent frontlines have been the story of the top sides so far this year, and it looks like the 4 sides with by far and away the best attacks will contest the finals series now.

This week saw Sydney Olympic leave Gosford with the three points, Nepean and Bankstown did each other no favours as they shared the points at Jensen Park, while Sutherland found their teeth once more in a demolition of Southern Branch in the Shire.

Sutherland Shire FA vs Southern Branch FC, 3pm Sunday July 17th at Harrie Denning Centre

Sutherland well and truly have their mojo back after smashing Southern Branch 5-0 at Harrie Denning Centre. Verty Quartermain bagged a hat trick to lead the route, while Raegan Deeley and Rochelle Borromeo also got on the scoresheet for the home side. This should be an ominous warning to everyone that Sutherland can still find the back of the net, despite their sub-par performances in front of goal in recent weeks. A cutting edge up front is what’s been separating the best sides from the rest this year, so this performance will do the Shire side a world of good.

Southern now have a 10 point gap to make up over the final few weeks of the season, and it just doesn’t look like they’re capable of overhauling the margin. Playing mostly at home over the last few weeks will help them no end, but the task should be too much for them. Losing key players to suspension early in the season hindered their campaign slightly, but they haven’t been able to rediscover last season’s blistering form at any stage of 2016.

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Carly Baker and Roisin Collier gave Sutherland a 2-0 win over Southern Branch. Nepean overcame Bankstown 4-0 thanks in part to Samantha McGowan and Erin Connell strikes, while the Tigers and Inter shared 8 goals between them as the Tigers ran away with a 6-2 victory. Jordyn-Toms Wedge and Ciara O’Sullivan got one each for Northern, while the star of the show was Hannah McNulty who finished with a haul of 4 goals.

Southern Branch FC U13 Girls

Played current league leaders Sutherland Shire FA last Sunday. The girls were looking forward to the game after a few weeks of training and game cancelations.

The game was a great spectacle with both sides attacking and defending with determination. The early part of the first half was played between the two penalty boxes with neither side able to make many runs into the opposition box. As the half progressed, Southern midfielders started to find some space and good passing resulted in shots on goal but we weren’t able to get past the Sutherland keeper.

The second half was more of the same with both sides working hard to find a way through each other’s strong defence. Southern were the first to get the break when Makenzie Morris tackled strongly to win the ball on the right sideline and a pass found striker Kailey Timbs in the centre of the field. Kailey’s close control and her terrific pass to Bronte Wright sent Bronte towards goal and Bronte’s strike was too well placed for the Sutherland keeper and Southern were ahead 1 – 0 in the 41th minute.

Southern continued the pressure on the Sutherland midfield and defence but some poor decisions with the ball gave possession to Sutherland too often and we weren’t able to add to the scoreline.

As the second half progressed, Sutherland started to dominate and were able to keep the ball in the Southern defensive half for periods of the game. Southern weren’t about to let their lead disappear easily and chased and tackled everything that came their way. With only a minute left on the clock, Sutherland took the ball into our penalty area and a wide shot was met by a Sutherland attacker and her pass into the middle of the field fell to the Sutherland striker and her brilliant turn took out two of the Southern defenders and her shot into the top left hand corner gave keeper Tara Bailey no chance of saving. The goal in the last 30 seconds of play was extremely disappointing for the girls but they came away with a 1 -1 draw against the then league leaders and shows that they are capable of being competitive against any team.

Next weekend the girls play a double header at Ison Park Nowra with a catch-up game against Bankstown City FC on Saturday and Central Coast Mariners FC on Sunday.