Both Coastal women’s games ended in hard-fought draws in warm conditions at Meercroft Park.
ATTACKING MOVES: City Marians’s Lisa Richardson was in strong form on the weekend
West Devonport played City Marians in the first match.
Play ebbed and flowed from end to end for much of the contest.
City, with their experienced defence didn’t allow West to hold the ball in attack.With Jacqui McKeown controlling the centre West struggle to get their team work flowing.
Sarah Hill and Stacy Lyons worked hard in defence for West.
Lyons stopping a number of sharp shots at goal for her side.This was until midway through the first half when City’s Fenella Pinner found the net.
City held the lead until late in the half when Jacqui Johnson picked up a deflection and bypassed the City defence.
Similar play continued throughout the second half.
City’s Lisa Richardson had some good runs into attack with good support from Zayna Jackson and Zoe Groves.
Megan Clark was the focalpoint for West, distributing the ball through to her young attack.
But solid defence by both sides denied any further score.
Devonport and Burnie Baptist played a similar match with play concentrated through the middle.
One of the highlights was the contest betweenBaptist’s Cathryn Parke and Devonport’s Mandy Smith.
The teams were evenly matched.
Kym Corcoran and Belinda Oakley keptthe pressure on Baptist’s defence of Holly Johnson and Charlotte Vandenberg.
Meanwhile,Kennedy Parke and Sophie Johnstone created some fast moves into attack.
But they were coming up against the wall of Devonport defence in Narelle Nillsen and Rachael Martin.
While numerous opportunities were created in attack,neither side were able to capitalise.
Shots went wide and penalty corners were notgoing to plan.
After a solid team effort from both sides the game ended in a nil all draw.
Next round, Burnie will host Marians at McKenna Park on Saturday, while South Burnie will be at the same venue against West Devonport.
Devonport will have the bye.
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