Last weekend saw the W League team host Seatoun at Maidstone, while the Premier team took on table topping Vic Uni in what would be two hard fought matches.
Seatoun are always a top 4 contender, and we never take them lightly, this game was no exception. We had the best start we’d had to date, as we scored straight from kickoff. The ball found itself at Katie Barrotts feet at right fullback, and she promptly arced a ball into the 18 yard box for Emma Main to nod past goalkeeper Ana Whitman-Wenzel, 1-0 and only 30 seconds on the clock. 4 mins later CJ Bott found herself in space on the edge of the 18 yard box and she fired low and hard into the bottom left corner, 2-0 and not yet 5 mins into the game. Seatoun weren’t about to roll over, and several minutes later narrowly missed target after a corner kick was strongly headed towards goal by Tess MacPherson. From this point on both teams settled down, and trying to play football, but all too often the final pass or a hurried shot meant that things were scappy, with everything being contested hotly. None more so than a fierce battle between CJ Bott and the Seatoun right midfielder, resulting in a yellow card for Bott and some baffling calls by the referee. There was no further scoring action until late in the second half, when Bria Sargent headed into the net after the keeper patted out a corner making it 3-0, before a misdirected defensive pass fell to Seatoun, who promptly capitalised on the mistake, 3-1.
Based on the start we got you’d think that we’d have romped home, but alas we are still in search of a consistent 90 min performance.
The Prems took on Vic Uni on the Sunday and unfortunately found themselves down 2-0 as a result of two set pieces. The team regrouped, and began to take more control of the match, pulling back to 2-2 with Georgia Nairne and Sydnie Williams scoring. The girls continued to battle, and despite having the better of the second half, fell to a late goal by Vic Uni – final score 3-2, but showing great character to get back into the game the way they did.
This weekend the W-League take on Wairarapa in what will likely be a changed match up from the Kelly Cup round two weeks ago, while the Prems travel away to play KCU at Weka Park at 1pm on the Sunday.
Premier League POD
Check out photos from these games in the Women’s Gallery (Photo credit: Rosa Posa Sports Photographs)