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PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition round 20
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PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition round 20

An entertaining and open Round 20 of the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s 2016 saw 18 goals across the four matches. We were treated to a couple of upsets as well as sides begin to feel the pressure with the end of the season fast approaching.


Sutherland proved to be too much for the Central Coast up at Gosford, while Sydney Olympic ended Nepean’s finals hopes with a hard fought victory at Peter Moore Park. The south coast saw the first surprise of the round with Southern Branch holding off the Tigers to claim a share of the points, but the match of the round between Inter and Bankstown was where we saw the real upset of the weekend.

Southern Branch FC vs Northern Tigers FC, Sunday August 14th at South Nowra Football Complex

The Tigers’ premiership aspirations took a little bit of a hit this weekend as they were held to a 2-2 draw with Southern Branch down in Nowra. With Sutherland and Olympic claiming maximum points around them, the Tigers now need results to go their way next weekend to finish on top. A little hiccup was to be expected though given their amazing run over the final two thirds of the season, but you don’t want to be dropping points in the final few rounds of the year.

Southern Branch put in a much needed better performance after last weekend’s hammering by Olympic. Sarah Hickling got on the scoresheet twice for them, giving them some more bite up front. They’ve missed a real potent threat in the final third this season, and that will be something they’ll look to improve as they move ahead. Dangerous forward players seem to be the real difference between the best sides and the rest this season, so if you want to challenge you need to be producing a threat from somewhere.

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All the goals came in the second half as Bankstown claimed a 2-1 victory over Inter, Sydney Olympic defeated Nepean 1-0, and the Tigers were far too strong for Southern Branch as they ran out 4-0 winners down in Nowra. Sutherland had the bye.

 

Southern Branch FC 13 girls battled against Northern Tigers FC last Sunday. 

With fourth spot on the line Southern had everything to play for in our last competition match at Ison Park for the season.

Northern Tigers passing game was great to watch as they moved the ball around the field. The Southern girls weren’t fazed and were able to limit the Tigers scoring chances. Southern’s defensive efforts took its toll and we weren’t able to attack in numbers to create many chances. Northern Tigers were the first on the scoreboard when a dazzling run down the left wing ended with a cross into the penalty box and a good finish put them ahead 1 – 0 in the 19th minute.

Southern played with more purpose in the second half and started to build pressure on the Tigers defence. Combined pressure from the Southern attackers resulted in Bronte Wright getting the ball 20 meters from goal and her thunderbolt into the top right hand corner of the goal levelled the score line in the 39th minute.

The remainder of the game was played in the middle of the field and slowly the Tigers took control of the game and began to dominate possession and field position. The Tigers hit the lead when mistimed clearances fell invitingly to the Tigers and a composed finish put them ahead 2 – 1. Despite pushing to the end Southern couldn’t find an equaliser and lost the game 2 – 1.

Next week Southern travel to St Marys to play second placed Nepean FC in the last game of the season. The girls will be looking for a better team performance that will give them an opportunity to show how they have improved over the season.

U13 Girls 1 – 2 Loss

U15 Girls 3 – 3 Draw

U17 Girls 2 – 2 Draw

Res Grade 0 – 4 Loss

1st Grade   1 – 1 Draw