Mariners’ youth and senior Women’s academy sides headed south over the weekend, while our senior Men’s sides enjoyed their weekend off after being crowned League One Premiers and Club Champions.
A two-game week for our youth boys, beginning with their contests against SD Raiders on Tuesday and Wednesday at home.
13’s (2-3), 14’s (1-2), and 15’s (2-3) all fell short on Tuesday, while 16’s (6-1) showed their might on Wednesday, and 18’s (3-0) victors by forfeit.
Sydney FC were youth boys’ final opponents for the week and began strong with the earlier results in 14’s (1-0) and 15’s (1-0) on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the remaining teams couldn’t carry on the success – 16’s (3-0) and 18’s (5-2) both defeated by a three-goal margin.
Remarkably, four of the five youth teams sit inside the top six in their leagues, especially 15’s who sit second with half a dozen matches still to play.
The first from the last two weekends without back-to-back fixtures, giving all women’s teams some much needed rest and time to prepare for Sunday’s contests against SD Raiders.
14’s and 16’s (3-2) set the tone early, though 15’s (1-3) couldn’t get it done.
20’s bounced back from their disappointment of last weekend, coming from behind at half-time to win 4-3 in a tight fixture against Raiders.
Mia McFarlane, Savannah Lalor, Grace Heinemann, and Chloe Cattley were the goal-scorers, with the defence holding on to victory after a late fightback from the home side.
20’s remains in fourth place on the ladder.
First Grade were also looking to put last Sunday’s performance behind them and continue making a push for finals.
Pete Edwards’ side had to wait until after half-time to break the deadlock through captain Kaitlyn Murphy for her 15th of the season and looked to hold the lead.
An own goal from defender Teagan Douglas in the 80th minute brought the scores level and would be so until the final whistle – 1-1 the final result, the point gained holding their seventh-place position with four matches left.