Even contest a frustrating result

GNL. With just one point separating the Rocky Cape Tavern Smithton Saints from City Marians in the Greater Northern League, the stakes were high on Saturday.

Following a round one draw in their first encounter, the Saints were eager to notch a victory during round 11 at McKenna Park.

Smithton fired up early in the contest as Joe Coombs, Kade Wooldrage and Richard Cornish worked the ball from the midfield towards Jason House and Keegan Popowski in the forwardline.

As the Saints trapped the ball in offence, a penalty corner was awarded and converted by Coombs to see the visitors gain the advantage. This lead however, was short lived.

Opposition player Liam Grundy performed an exceptional piece of play to slide the ball into goal and level scores at half time.

The Saints continued to assert their dominance, attacking hard and heaping the pressure on the Marians in the second half when an unmarked Cornish received the ball on the back post to slam into the net.

Both sides squandered scoring opportunities in the final quarter before Grundy found an equaliser late in the half, ending 2-2.

The women began their contest with City Marians confidently and were able to match their more fancied opponents for some time.

Sonia Poke, Melissa Stokes and Jandi Smith provided support for the young side however defence could not hold out two Marians goals in the first half.

The Saints received opportunities to press forward in the second half however were unable to convert and were ultimately defeated 5-0.

The Smithton Saints will host Devonport this Saturday (July 8) for round 12, beginning at 12.30pm.

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