BY ADAM BLUNDEN

ROUND 14 | 4th OCTOBER

FIRST GRADE SCORES –

Gosford City8Killarney District1
Toukley0East Gosford3
Kariong0Terrigal1
Southern & Ettalong1Umina6
Woongarrah0Kanwal1

GOSFORD CITY FC 8 – KILLARNEY DISTRICT SC 1

Killarney Vale came into their match up this weekend with only 4 fresh first graders against a Gosford side looking to keep their unbeaten record alive with a win also securing them league champions. It did not start well for the visitors when Taylor Thompson opened the scoring for Gosford in the first 3 minutes. Brit Nichols added a 2nd after a lovely flowing attacking move. A mix up in Gosford’s defence allowed the visitors to pull a goal back a give the Killarney side a glimmer of hope. With the score at 2-1 it would be Gosford’s Taylor Thompson once again finding the back of the net two more times before the end of the first half which saw her secure her hattrick and take her side 4-1 up at half time. Any thoughts of a Killarney comeback where soon dismissed at Taylor Thompson scored her 4th of the game 5 minutes into the second half. Gosford would make the score line 8 thanks to goals from Angela Seymour, Grace Bryant and Laura Mundy that would see them comfortable secure the league champions with a record of 13 wins in 13 games. Killarney played for pride not once giving up as they will miss out on finals. Killarney will look to end their season off on a high next week as they face Kariong. Gosford will look to finish their perfect season off next week as they play 3rd place Kanwal.

TOUKLEY GOROKAN FC 0 – EAST GOSFORD RAMS FC 3

Toukley entered their match against East Gosford with low numbers with multiple players having already played a game for reserve grade. East Gosford started the game well as they worked the ball across the field, Toukley goalkeeper Chloe Payne having to make some fantastic saves to keep her squad level early in the game. East Gosford would open the score midway through the first half as a mistake from Toukley’s defence saw an East Gosford player unmarked and a ball across the 18-yard box saw Hayley Blunden tap the ball in for the first goal of the game. Toukley would look to bounce back creating chances of their own but could not manage to find the back of the net, the score would remain 1-0 to East Gosford at half time. Second half started and it would again be East Gosford’s Ella Girling who would score another tap in to take their side 2 goals up and a third goal not long after saw Hayley Blunden score a double for her team. Despite being 3 goals down Toukley looked to pinch one back as striker Brooke Samuel broke through East Gosford’s defence but East Gosford keeper was able to apply enough pressure for Brooke to narrowly miss the goal. The game finished 3-0    

KARIONG UNITED FC 0 – TERRIGAL UNITED FC 1

Having verse and beat Kariong 4-1 the week earlier, Terrigal would look to solidify their spot in the top 4 with another win. Kariong having struggled this year only being able to pick up 1 point in 13 rounds would look to pick up their first win of the year against this Terrigal side. This match was a lot closer compared to last week as Terrigal would only pick up a 1-0 against a very courageous Kariong side. Terrigal’s win puts them on equal points with 3rd place Kanwal but sit in fourth place due to goal difference. Terrigal will look to finish their season on a high next week as they play 2nd place Umina. Kariong will have their last chance to get their first win of the season as they play 7th place Killarney.   

SOUTHERN & ETTALONG UNITED FC 1 – UMINA UNITED FC 6

Southern & Ettalong where looking to hope to keep their finals chances alive with a win over their peninsular rivals this weekend Umina. Despite the very hot conditions Southern & Ettalong started the game at a very fast pace creating some early chances only to be denied by great defending from Umina. Momentum changed when Umina received a penalty midway through the first half which Kate Styles stood up and converted the penalty. Umina went on to create 2 very well worked goals prior to half time which seen them head into the break 3-0 up. The second half Umina continued to create great chances which saw them take their score up to 6 with goals from Gemma Crowson, Hannah Batten and Chelsea Campbell. Southern & Ettalong’s only goal came midway through the second half as Taylor Thackray got herself on the score sheet. Umina finished the game 6 goals to 1 over their rivals.    

WOONGARRAH WILDCATS FC 0 – KANWAL WARNERVALE ROVERS FC 1

Another instalment of the local derby between Woongarrah and Kanwal unfortunately never reached great heights as both sides had several players missing as well as playing in very trying conditions due to the heat. The first half consisted of a mid-field battle between the two teams with most of the half being completed in Woongarrah’s half of the field. Both sides would test the opposition goalkeepers but neither side able to break the deadlock as the teams went into the break with a respective 0-0 score line. Midway through the second half Lucy Pratt opened the scoring for Kanwal as she scored against her former club to give her side a 1-0 lead. Being behind 1-0 Woongarrah decided to push more players forward playing a more attacking style of football to try and level the score but the Kanwal defence was able to handle anything thrown at them. With both sides creating chances late into the game neither team would capitalize as the game finished 1-0 to Kanwal. Woongarrah Coach Dave Hurley was very happy with his team’s performance against a top 4 side and gave credit to his players for making it a competitive game. Kanwal will face League Champions Gosford next week as they will try to spoil the unbeaten run of Gosford.