Three Kings handed first de­feat since 2015

Central Leader - - HEALTH & BEAUTY - SAMHEWAT

Three Kings United premier women’s two-year un­beaten streak has come to an end.

The foot­ball side lost 2-0 to Eastern Sub­urbs in the North­ern Re­gional Foot­ball League (NRFL) on Sun­day - their first lost since June 2015.

In 2016, Three Kings be­came the sixth team in premier women’s his­tory to win ev­ery game in a sin­gle sea­son. They went a per­fect 18 from 18, al­low­ing just 14 goals and scor­ing 109 of their own.

How­ever, it wasn’t to be con­tin­ued on the week­end as Sub­urbs - who them­selves are un­beaten since July 2016 - stopped the run.

De­spite the im­pres­sive record, Three Kings’ coach Alan Hind­son said it was a fal­lacy to say his cur­rent side was un­beaten af­ter they lost eight play­ers from 2016.

‘‘I’m quite pleased that un­beaten stuff is gone,’’ he said. ’’We never spoke about it, but it must have been in the back of the girls’ minds and that’s just an­other bit of added pres­sure.’’

Mean­while, Sub­urbs coach Mauro Donoso said his side never fo­cused on break­ing Three Kings’ streak.

‘‘We’re just look­ing to play bet­ter foot­ball and win ev­ery sin­gle game,’’ Donoso said. ‘‘The focus for us was never on break­ing their record. They have a very good side, with very good play­ers, and we just knew we had to play very well to beat them.’’

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Jac­qui Hand of Eastern Sub­urbs bat­tles with Three Kings’ Caitlin Pritchard dur­ing their North­ern Re­gional Foot­ball League match on Sun­day.

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