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PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition round 18
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PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition round 18

Southern Branch FC vs Inter Lions SC, 3pm Sunday July 31st at South Nowra Football Complex


Southern have also been eliminated from finals contention after Inter stole the points with a very late goal down in Nowra. Southern were able to keep things tight and contested for the first half, denying inter the lead. Both teams pushed a little harder in the second half, and Southern thought they’d gotten away with a point before Inter finally broke through just before full time - a cruel blow for Southern Branch, who now need a near miracle to claim 4th spot by the end of the season.

Inter show once again that they are better than anyone at staying in a game. They’ve now won 2 more games than anyone else in the league, showing just how good they are at claiming the points in the tightest of encounters. After their setback on Wednesday night it was imperative that Inter found a way to get the job done in this game, and now they remain in the box seat to claim the first piece of silverware for the season.

Reserve Grade:

Olympic and Northern played out a 0-0 draw. Bankstown won a thriller against Sutherland by the tune of 3 goals to 2, while down on the south coast Inter crushed Southern branch 5-0. Nepean had the bye this weekend. 

Southern Branch FC 13 girls,

Played a terrific end to end game against Inter Lions FC last Sunday. Both teams had a win each from their games earlier in the season and this game showed the best of both teams as they tried to gain maximum points. 

Southern’s early kick off pressure paid off when they pinned Inter in their own half for the opening minutes. The constant pressure from the front three of Jarrah Fuz, Elyshia Westley and Abbey Crapp didn’t let Inter settle into their game. Their hard work paid off in the 6th minute when Bronte Wright passed to Elyshia and her left foot shot rippled the net to put Southern ahead 1 – 0.

The Southern girls kept up the pressure and had Inter scrambling but Southern couldn’t find a way through the Inter defence. Inter’s defensive work inspired their midfield and forwards and the pressure gradually swung onto the Southern defensive half of the field. In the 15th minute a long range free kick was well placed out of the diving reach of keeper Tara Bailey and Inter levelled the scores 1 – 1.

The Lions game plan was to play long to their speedy strikers and Southern defenders Emma Davison, Tanika Paton, Keely Nicholls and Jasmine Tan were quick to react and dealt with the constant barrage of through balls well.

As the half progressed the game swung from end to end at a great pace as each side tried to get the advantage. The Lions were the first to find a way through the Southern midfield and defence and a skilful run through the middle of the field resulted in a low shot into the right hand corner of the goal that evaded the diving Tara and Inter went to the half-time break ahead 2 – 1.

The opening to the second half was a repeat of the first with the Southern forwards pressuring the Lions defence. Midfielder Zoe Anderson received the ball from wide right and ran at the Lions defence before her well-timed shot was deflected into the field. Elyshia followed through on the shot and under pressure from the Inter defence held her composure to shoot the ball past the keeper and the score was 2 – 2 in the 32nd minute.

From this point on the game was a nail-biter for all watching as each side tried to score the winner. Midfielder Chloe Hain was linking well with right winger Makenzie Morris and striker Kailey Timbs made good ground through the middle of the field. Southern were able to maintain great field position for large parts of the game but couldn’t find that elusive pass to score the winner. Unfortunately, forward Makenzie Morris suffered a knee injury and we all wish Makenzie a speedy recovery.

This was another great game by the Southern girls as they continue to display great determination and perseverance and show that they can compete strongly against the metropolitan teams. With only three games of the competition to go,

Next weekend Southern play Sydney Olympic at Ison Park South Nowra in what should be another entertaining and close game.

U13 Girls 2 – 2 Win

U15 Girls 4 – 0 Win

U17 Girls 2 – 1 Win

Res Grade 0 – 5 Loss

1st Grade   0 – 1 Loss