Raiders still the team to beat
COFFS United may be worthy challengers but reigning premiers Urunga proved that they’re still number one in the women’s competition with a 2-0 win over the Lionesses on Saturday.
The Lionesses will be rueing a couple of missed opportunities in particular one each side of the break.
Without a goal being scored Coffs United had the chance to take the lead with a one-on-one situation but Raiders’ keeper Kelly Archibald who played an outstanding game stood her ground and made the save. After the break when the Raiders had already taken the lead, the Lionesses broke through the Raiders’ line and took on Archibald who approached. However the shot was pushed wide. Not being able to take these two genuine chances may have proven the difference in the contest.
Urunga on the other hand were able to make the most of the opportunities presented to them in a hard fought battle.
Just before oranges the Raiders found the net with Sarah Marsden taking the ball up the line and breaking through the United defence. Marsden fed the ball to Grace Gale who found Tjirra Francis who completed the fantastic move with the opener.
The one goal margin stayed in play until very late when the Raiders keeper struck a long range ball to Tara Archibald sitting a few metres over the half way line. Her cross found Tjirra Francis who scored to put the result beyond doubt.