Branch girls silence Lions’ roars

IT was a fresh day at David Phillips Field when the Southern Branch under 15 girls took on the second placed Premiere League II side UNSW Lions. 

ON FIRE: Meredith Cheyne and Lani Johnson take on UNSW Lions last weekend. 	Photos: KAREN TASKER

ON FIRE: Meredith Cheyne and Lani Johnson take on UNSW Lions last weekend. Photos: KAREN TASKER

The Southern Branch girls came out all fired up in the first half. 

They played beautiful football, with connected passes, making the opposition chase the ball. 

The Southern Branch girls dominated possession and had numerous shots on goal. They gained the first two corners, taken by Jazmine Zabel, in the fifth minute of the game. 

The second corner resulted in a goal by Paris Ford, who managed to head the ball into the back of the net. 

In the 29th minute an unfortunate tackle led to the game being stopped. 

The opposition player landed heavily on the field when she catapulted over Maddi Goulding’s leg in a fair but heavy clash. 

An ambulance was called and the girls went into the half-time break early.

The second half was shortened to 30 minutes as a reflection of the first half.

The girls began the second half well with a spectacular shot on target by Mariah Peever in the seventh minute of the second half. 

She was well assisted by Bella Dolan and Jasmin Hirst, who managed to catch the opposition on a counter attack. 

Both teams looked threatening through the rest of the half. 

Kiara Rochaix managed a few beautiful saves and kept the opposition at bay. 

The game ended with the Southern girls 1-nil up. 

Player’s player was Mariah Peever.

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