Branch girls contest Proctor Cup

THE Southern Branch under 15 girls set off to Bathurst last weekend for a big couple of days of football as the team contested the Proctor Cup. 

The weather was wet all day Saturday which made for a slow pitch. 

The first game on Saturday morning was played in heavy rain against the InterLions. 

The Lions scored the first goal within six minutes. 

The Southern girls held fast and went into half-time down 1-nil. 

The Southern girls came out dominant in the second half and were rewarded with a goal in the 27th minute of the game.

A fine cross by Paris Ford was slotted home by Isabella Dolan, making the final score 1-all.

The second game was also played in the rain against the Premier League One side, MacArthur Rams. 

The Southern team held their own in the first half and Kiegen Tasker scored a cracking goal in the fifth minute of the game placing the Southern girls in the lead 1-nil. 

Southern held their lead for 13 minutes, when MacArthur were awarded a questionable free kick which they capitalised on and scored their first goal. The teams went into half-time at 1-all. 

The second half saw MacArthur Rams begin to dominate possession and they slotted a goal in the 36th minute of the game bringing the full-time score to 2-1. 

Southern played Bankstown next in driving rain. 

This was the third and final pool C game of the day. 

Both teams fought hard with Southern Branch dominating the opposition and maintaining good pressure throughout the match. 

Southern were awarded the first corner of the match but unfortunately a goal was not forthcoming, making the final score nil-all.

Southern were placed second in their pool based on goal difference and earned their place in the quarter-final against Sutherland Shire on Sunday.

The rain finally stopped and the sun shone revealing a fairly soft and, in places, muddy pitch. 

Southern played well, wrestling the opposition for possession of the ball and making some great blocks and saves. 

The first goal was scored off another questionable free kick given to the opposition just before half-time, taking the score to 1-nil at the break. 

The second half saw a determined Southern team take the pitch but to no avail. Time ran out, leaving Southern at an unfortunate 1-nil loss. 

TEAMWORK: Southern under 15s girls go into a group huddle at the Proctor Cup last weekend.

TEAMWORK: Southern under 15s girls go into a group huddle at the Proctor Cup last weekend.


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