Moffat’s two ensure an Australs win
Australs defeated Swans in a tidy 3-1 finish at the weekend.
Anna Moffat capped off a good game up forward with two goals, her first opening, scoring after 13 minutes.
Moffat worked well with her teammates as they put pressure on the Swans defenders and her second goal was four minutes later.
Australs were looking for a win to carry momentum into the finals, while Swans were looking to end their season with a win.
Tayla Kunesch played well for Swans and both teams had opportunities to score.
Veteran Kate Tonkin’s pass found Teagan Mundy on the top of the circle and the lead was 3-nil.
Swans hit back after a Jenny Puglia short corner found the back of the Australs’ goal 16 minutes into the half.
While there was time for both teams to extend the scoring, the score remained 3-1.
Cardinals’ A-grade women took their season tally of goals to 101 in their 2-0 win over Murchison.
Both these teams will be in finals action this week but Murchison slipped a position on the ladder after Saints shared the points with Yacht Club.
Saints’ superior goal difference put them in second place on the ladder and they will take on Cardinals in their semifinal, while Murchison and Australs will play in the other semi.
In finals this week, Cardinals take on Saints and Murchison take on Australs.
Rovers took on Murchison knowing their fate was in their hands.
One loss and their season would come to an end. They started like a team hungry for a win, with Jake Quinton having the first chance of the game.
The opening 10 minutes showed both teams were keen to try to get behind the defence using overhead passes.
Murchison made Rovers goalkeeper Kyle Harvey work with their short corner after 16 minutes.
Not to be outdone at the other end, Murchison’s Kyle Kelly was putting on a display of his own.
In the later part of the half, Murchison went on the attack with field goals and short corner opportunities but the score remained 0- 0 at half-time.
With 35 minutes left for Rovers to keep their finals hopes alive, the team opened the half with a short corner before Murchison went on the attack.
At 18 minutes in, James Van Niftrik put Rovers in front from a short corner.
The intensity from both teams increased, with the Rovers defenders focused and the Murchison forwards keen to upset the party.
Rovers scored a second goal four minutes later through a Stuart Beros shot from the top of the circle.
Jayden Valenti’s goal-line save kept the score at 2-0 but that soon became 2-1 when Sean Chester scored for Murchison.
Rovers had leap-frogged Australs into the four and into finals but had a nervous wait ahead of them.
Rovers’ win meant Australs needed a win against first-placed Casuals to regain fourth place on the ladder. They fell short, with the final score at 3-3.
Casuals opened the scoring after Brad Delane’s shot 20 minutes into the game found the back of the net.
Just seven minutes later it was all even again after Amos Steiger scored from a short corner.
This started a four-minute burst that saw a goal from Rhys Allen give Causals back the lead.
Cooper Prunster then made it 2-2 just before the break.
Casuals opened the second half with a short corner opportunity and Australs were reduced to 10 men for five minutes.
Australs hit the lead 10 minutes in when Stieger scored a second from a short corner. Australs fans were looking for a victory with 25 minutes further to play.
Darren Shepley made it 3-3 at the 20-minute mark and Australs needed to find a way to score.
Their chances were improved when Casuals were cut to 10 players with seven minutes remaining in the game.
Casuals held off Australs, and late in the game when Australs were also playing with reduced numbers, their finals chances were out of reach.
Third-placed Yacht Club defeated second-placed Saints 3-2 in the other weekend match.
The results lead to no change in the ladder, but the win will give Yacht Club some confidence going into next week’s semifinal against Rovers. In the other final Casuals will take on Saints.
Semifinals were played last week and in the boys’ J10/12, Rovers season came to an end when they went down 5-1 to Yacht Club.
It was a closer contest in the other semifinal in which firstplaced Saints defeated Australs 4-3. This week Australs take on Yacht Club on Wednesday at 6.30pm.
In Boys’ J7/9, top-placed Saints beat Casuals 1-0 win, while thirdplaced Yacht Club had a big win over Australs 7-1. The preliminary final is between Casuals and Yacht Club on Friday at 5pm.
In girls’ J10/12 Murchison upset Saints 2-1 to move to the preliminary final, while Cardinals booked a grand final spot with a 4-1 win over Australs.
This week Murchison will take on Australs on Wednesday at 5.30pm.
In girls’ J7/9, after finishing the game at 2-2, Australs and Murchison played out one-on-ones to determine a winner, with Australs coming out on top 6-5.
Australs go straight through to the grand final, while Murchison get a second chance when they take on Cardinals, who beat Saints 1-0 in the other semifinal. That game will be played on Friday at 4pm.
Australs player Chloe Spence and Swans player Stacey Corden crouch low for the ball.
Saints player Matt O'Neil with Yacht Club’s Ryan Trump at his heels.
Saints player Adam Burrows and Yacht Club’s Fraser Ismail vie for the ball.
Australs’ Hayley Halton, closely watched by Jaya Piper from Swans.