Top teams look to extend season leads

Following a second bye in the space of a month, the top teams hope to stake their claim at the halfway point of the 2021 Steeline Limestone Coast Football Association season.

Round 5 shapes up to be an exhibition from the leading three teams in the Senior Men’s with some one-sided match ups, while the Senior Women’s games could be anything but.

The only Saturday soccer action will be women’s match of the round between Gambier Centrals and Blue Lake United.

The 2021 Steeline Cup grand final rematch takes place at Blue Lake Sports Park where the Lions seek revenge.

The speed of Lauren and Chelsea Frost proved too much for Centrals on that day as Blue Lake won 4-2.

Centrals looked strong at the start of the premiership season winning three games in a row, but had its first slip last time out against Inter.

The likes of Erin Horsnell and Kiah Connolly will be determined to get back in the winner’s circle.

However, it wont be an easy task with Blue Lake United being unchallenged so far in 2021 and in no mood of giving up its undefeated record.

The men’s matchup should be a more comfortable 90 minutes for the orange and blue.

Centrals is in the premiership mix and proved its credentials in a thrilling draw with International.

 Broc Linden and Lewis March provide plenty of pace off the wing and will create many scoring chances for Sam Shoemark.

 Blue Lake on the other hand is languishing on the bottom of the ladder yet  to win a game.

Tristian Guess, Hunter Mansell and captain Luke Harris have fought hard and will search for little wins this weekend.

The Naracoorte v Apollo clash could be the closest men’s battle with both sides carrying strong form.

Apollo has shown its hand across the  first four rounds and its most comprehensive performance arrived in its most  recent encounter against Blue Lake.

The blue and white flew at breakneck speed kicking six goals before half time with Say Say Wah and Say Har Moo the main scorers.

The pair hopes to continue their goal-scoring feats, while Reuben van Eyk displayed plenty of pace off the wing.

But a fourth win of the season will not be a simple task for Apollo when it hits the road to take on Naracoorte.

The yellow and black are on a high with two straight wins over Blue Lake and Millicent and they would love nothing more than knocking over a top team on their home turf.

Jawad Hassani, Kevin Marshall and George Matutuva are ones to watch in front of the net.

There is also a lot on the line in the senior women’s game with both teams desperate to record some premiership points.

 A fresh-faced Naracoorte side is still acclimatising to life in the LCFA and is yet to win, but fought hard away from home against Millicent.

Although Apollo has battled to field a full side on the pitch each week, it has a number of strong individuals who can win games.

If Apollo can complete the road trip, it should just take home the chocolates.

Millicent travels to Casadio Park to take on the might of Inter.

The men’s sides have already met in 2021 in the Steeline Cup semi-final where the black and blue cruised into the decider with little difficulty.

Matthew Bueti found the back of the net five times in that fixture, while Connor Prior has took his game to new heights this year.

Inter should maintain its unbeaten record.

The women’s game should be a closer affair with the home side again favourites.

Inter has quietly gone about its business  to register three wins including an impressive come-from-behind win over the Lions  last round.

 Millicent also carries winning momentum after it scored a breakthrough victory  over Naracoorte.

 The side has shown some promise without quite nailing a complete performance  until Darcey Allen and Letitia Izzo pushed it to glory.

A confident Millicent team could offer a challenge, but expect Inter to prevail on home turf.

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