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PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition Minor Semi Final U13 Girls
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 19:54 Age: 2 yrs
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PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition Minor Semi Final U13 Girls

Southern Branch FC 13’s girls caught by the Tigers The 13 Girls team played the semi-finals against Northern Tigers on the artificial turf field at Valentine Sports Park last Saturday. This was a great occasion for the team to celebrate making the playoffs and the opportunity to play at this great facility and for some of us the first time on an artificial surface.

The nerves disappeared quickly once the game got underway and we settled into the game well. The Northern Tigers were very well organised and passed the ball around which was great to watch for the neutral spectator. The Southern girls matched them with determination and also moved the ball well as they attacked the Tigers. 

The match was a great spectacle as the Southern defenders Tiana Reardon, Tanika Paton, Keely Nicholls and Jasmine Tan closed down and stopped the potent Tigers attack and minimised their shots at keeper Tara Bailey. 

Midfielders Chloe Hain, Zoe Anderson and Bronte Wright worked their way into the game and good passing combinations with wingers Abbey Crapp, Makenzie Morris and Jarrah Fuz resulted in runs down the sidelines into the Tigers penalty box. The Tigers defence was too good and despite the runs of strikers Elyshia Westley and Kailey Timbs stopped the crosses into the middle of the field. 

The Tigers were first on the scoreboard when a free kick from distance was blasted into the roof of the net in the 25th minute. They doubled their lead in the 27th minute when a misjudged move ended with the Tigers winning the ball in our penalty box and they quickly passed it into the middle of the field and a great finished gave them a 2 – 0 lead going into half-time. 

The Southern girls started the second half the better of the two sides and dominated possession and field position. Overlapping runs by Jasmine Tan down the left wing created havoc in the Tigers defence but their keeper was in top form and made two match winning saves to deny Jas goals. 

Southern’s perseverance paid off in the 46th minute when Bronte Wright continued her great form and a jinking run left the Tigers defenders in her wake and a superb shot gave their keeper no chance to make the score 2- 1. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to maintain the pressure from the kick-off and the Tigers regained their two goal advantage in the 47th minute when we gave them too much space to attack our right defence and a cross fell to their striker in too much space and her composed finish put them ahead 3 – 1. 

Despite the goal the girls showed their determination that has been such a great attribute during the season and tried desperately to score another goal. Late substitute Samantha Cefai, supporting the team from the Southern SAP 12’s in the absence of the ill Emma Davison, added her speed to the game. With the clock running down the girls stepped up a gear but the Tigers were too good on the day and we lost the game 3 – 1. 

Making the semis was a terrific achievement for this fantastic group of young women and a first for all the players. Whilst we lost the game, the team played with great spirit and gave their all in a game that flowed from end to end. Congratulations on a good season to all the players in the 13 girls team.