Centrals hold on in nail-biter

Blue Lake Sports Park was a hive of activity on Saturday afternoon with two Steeline Limestone Coast  Football Association Senior women’s games being played side by  side.

Reigning premier Gambier Centrals took on Millicent and the result was in dispute until the final whistle.

The story of the game was told  in two halves with the Lions dictating terms early.

 The majority of the play was played at Central’s end and Millicent’s defence struggled to cope with the pressure.

Skye Robertson managed to find a hole in the backline and nail a goal, but it was Olivia Gwilym, who put the Lions in control.

Gwilym took matters into her own hands and scored twice to put Centrals on the perfect path to a third straight win.

The home side continued to press forward and create more  opportunities, but Millicent goal-keeper Kitana Castignani held  firm right up until the half time whistle.

 With the Lions enjoying a 3-0 lead, the visitors could have easily crumbled to a heavy defeat in the second half, but instead they turned the tables and flipped the pressure on the leaders.

From the moment play resumed Millicent managed to put Central’s defence on the back foot.

Eventually Millicent broke through thanks to the boots of Darcey Allen and Letitia Izzo.

Suddenly the visitors were just  one more strike away from sharing the premiership points, but  Centrals managed to hold on 3-2 to continue its unbeaten start to the season.

At the same time just a couple of metres away Apollo took on Inter and the latter impressively returned to form.

Despite Inter suffering defeat and Apollo being victorious last  weekend, the black and blue controlled the fixture to win handsomely 6-0.

 Inter coach Ricky McRobert  said he was happy to see his team return to the winner’s circle.

“We are definitely happy to bounce back and get a win on the board, but on the other hand Apollo was extremely depleted,” he said.

“They only had 10 players in the first half, but we are also missing quite a few players as  well so some girls got opportunities to step up.

 “Charli Hockey was a solid rock in defence as always, Amy  Nitsche pushed up to the wing and did very well, so I was happy with the team’s performance.” Throughout the game International bombarded the net with numerous scoring chances and Catherine Allen, Satu Aumo, April Hockey, Florencia Llambi, Laura Mirtschin and Nitsche all found the back of the net.

The side’s scoring dept will be important as the season goes on because McRobert revealed his team may not be at full strength  for the rest of the year.

Although Stephanie Gilbert returned on the weekend and Laura Mirtschin is poised to come back, Ella Doody has another three to four weeks on the sidelines, while co-captain Taylor Cella is done for the year.

However, Inter has strong depth to utilize on the bench and McRobert is eager to see how his side stakes up against Centrals in a rematch of the 2020 SEWFA grand final.

“We are really excited about the challenge of Centrals this weekend,” he said.

“They beat us last year in the grand final and we have been dying to get back into a game with them ever since.” On Sunday Blue Lake United continued on its marry way by brushing aside Naracoote 6-0.

The newly formed club was no match for the Steeline Cup champions, who continued their unbeaten streak with Aimee Brooks scoring twice, while Annaleise Canala, Pip Crewe, Lauren Frost and Adele Wilkinson also found the back of the net.

Blue Lake United takes on Apollo at BLSP, while Millicent hosts Naracoorte this Sunday.

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