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PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition round 19
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 16:42 Age: 2 yrs
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PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition round 19

Southern Branch FC vs Sydney Olympic FC, 3pm Sunday August 7th at South Nowra Football Complex

The weather again intervened this week, and threatened to ruin yet another weekend of the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s 2016.

Luckily though conditions cleared by Sunday afternoon and we were treated to another great round of football.

The Mariners earned a point when they travelled to Bankstown, and on the south coast Sydney Olympic bounced back emphatically with a huge win over Southern Branch, while Sydney’s west saw a massive upset with Nepean ousting Inter.

The match of the round took place up in Asquith, with the Tigers playing host to Sutherland. With identical records coming into this one, could either side find the decisive advantage to claim all three points?

First though, yet another midweek fixture to deal with.

Southern Branch FC vs Sydney Olympic FC, 3pm Sunday August 7th at South Nowra Football Complex

Olympic have put Southern Branch to the sword with a comprehensive 5-1 victory down in Nowra, with Melissa Swinfield’s goal the only tangible reward from the day for the home side. This was a bit of a danger game for Olympic, but a reaction like this was always on the cards after they were taught a bit of a lesson by the Tigers last week. Olympic are such a dangerous team in that they can pull a bag of goals like this out of nowhere, and there isn’t a great deal that you can do to stop them when they decide they’re in the mood. They’ll need to bottle this form for the next couple of weeks, as they remain the outsiders in the race for the title.

The catch up win over Bankstown aside, it hasn’t been a great last month for Southern Branch. They’ve got a team with plenty of talent but they’ve dropped points all over the place, and up against some real quality they’ve been on the end of a couple of pastings. A couple of more weeks and they can sit back and work out just where it’s gone wrong after a solid start, but until they need to find the resolve to finish the year on a strong note.

Reserve Grade:

Molly Woods got on the scoresheet for the Northern Tigers as they drew 1-1 at home with Sutherland Shire. Bianca Galayini, Kaitlin Harms, and Erin Hill allowed Nepean to power past Inter 3-0. In Nowra, Sarah Hickling got on the scoresheet for Southern but it wasn’t enough to prevent Olympic from running out 3-1 winners. Bankstown City had the bye this weekend.

Southern Branch FC 13 girls,

Played against an in-form Sydney Olympic last Sunday. Southern took the initiative off the Olympic kick-off to put early pressure on their defence but this didn’t last long. Olympic went on to dominate the next 15 minutes with great passing and movement. Olympics’ cohesion was too good for the Southern players and they scored goals in the 6th and 8th minutes to race out to a 2 – 0 lead.

Although behind on the scoreboard, the Southern girls worked their way back into the game and started to breakdown Olympics’ ball movement. Defenders Abbey Crapp, Tanika Paton, Keely Nicholls, Jasmine Tan and keeper Tara Bailey worked together and good support from midfielders Chloe Hain and Zoe Anderson closed the gaps that Olympic found earlier in the game. A minute before half-time Sothern scored the goal they deserved when awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box. Jasmine showed her good form on the ball with a well-judged free kick around the wall that left the Olympic keeper stranded on the spot and Southern went to the half-time break behind 2 – 1.

The second half saw Southern have good ball possession and field position in the Olympic half. Forwards Kailey Timbs, Makenzie Morris, Elyshia Westley and Jarrah Fuz worked tirelessly to find a way past the well organised Olympic defence. Southern got their break in the 38th minute when Bronte Wright broke quickly on the counter attack and under pressure from Olympic defenders, passed the ball into the net to even the score-line 2 – 2.

Late substitutes Samantha Cefai and Charlotte Hampshire from Southern SAP 12’s showed great skill and composure against the physical Olympic players.Both sides had chances to score with Olympic hitting the cross bar and Southern peppering the Olympic goal but neither side could find the winner and the game finished 2 – 2.

Next week the girls play Northern Tigers at Ison Park in what should be another great game.

U13 Girls 2 – 2 Draw

U15 Girls 1 – 0 Win

U17 Girls 1 – 0 Win

Res Grade 1 – 3 Loss

1st Grade   1 – 5 Loss