Women’s soccer clubs both win

Round 12 of Central Coast Football’s Women’s Premier League Competition saw wins to both Southern and Ettalong United and Umina United soccer teams.
Ettalong was up against the East Gosford Rams in their Round 12 fixture.
Ettalong hosted the Rams with the match being shifted from James Browne Oval to Pat Morley Oval after a pitch inspection found the field to be unplayable.
“Level on points with Kanwal, Southern were looking to keep pace with the leaders and started the match well as they forged a number of good opportunities within the opening 15 minutes, with the final touch often the only thing stopping them finding an early lead,’ said Central Coast Football’s digital content coordinator Mr Lachlan Herd.
“East Gosford began to gradually grow into the match after weathering the early storm and found themselves with a number of opportunities to open the scoring.
“Southern keeper Bec Arnfield thwarted the Rams attackers on more than one occasion to ensure the sides remained locked at 0-0 at the half.
“Similar to the first half, Southern emerged from half-time looking the more likely to open the scoring.
“Intent not to let another period of dominance pass them by, Southern did find the breakthrough after Bianca Mason finished smartly into the side netting to give her side the lead after 55 minutes.
“Mason was to be on hand again just eight minutes later, taking control of an angled pass before taking a touch and finishing well to double the Lions lead.
“As the second half progressed it became apparent that the Rams side were beginning to tire, and Southern were to take full advantage.
“After winning a 50-50 challenge, the ball was played into Kiara Kelly who made no mistake, ensuring her side would take home all three points from the fixture,” Mr Herd said.
Umina slaughtered Kariong in their Round 12 fixture, taking away an easy 8-3 win.
“Third placed Umina have been desperate to continue closing the gap between themselves and the top two, so their performance in Round 12 was no surprise, scoring two early goals to effectively put the match on ice in the early exchanges,” Mr Herd said.
“The Umina side ultimately ran out 8-3 winners on the day, with Amber Mangan managing a hat-trick, Sally Oman a brace, and one each to Kate Styles, Bianca Meiklejohn, and Tarni Black.”
Round 12 result sees Umina hold onto third with Ettalong in second behind Kanwal.
Round 13 will be a neighbour versus neighbour thriller with the Peninsula clubs set to meet at Umina Oval.

Website, 4 Jul 2019
Lachlan Herd, Central Coast Football

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