Top side too strong

GNL. Launceston City emphasised their number one ranking on the women’s ladder on Saturday with a 2-0 win over the Rocky Cape Tavern Smithton Saints.

As the men relaxed with a bye weekend, the Saints’ women made the long bus trip to Launceston on Saturday to take on top-placed City.

With injury and sickness against them, the side was slow to get into the game, but eventually started to find some patterns of play as the first half wore on.

Kira Johnston, Donna Porteus and Georgia Corrigan led the Saints’ attack with good running and short passing, but were unable to penetrate a solid City back line.

The home side took the lead after taking advantage of a loose ball in the circle, but goalkeeper Keeley Hinds was able to stop several other shots from finding the back of the net.

The Saints were unable to keep Launceston’s attack at bay and, before the half-time break, they conceded again to take the score to 2-0.

Smithton came out with a few new ideas in the second half, creating plenty of forward moves through the hard running of Hannah Jackson, Sonia Poke and Allie Burgess.

Former player Tahlia Ling also stepped up, flying home on the morning of the match to help her old club out as the Saints kept the normally dominant City scoreless in the second half.

Sh’kea Poke, Kylie Monson and Keeley Hinds were best on ground for Smithton.

All three Saints teams – GNL men, women and North West Div 2 men – play at home against South Burnie this weekend for the ‘Wealth Financial Shield’.

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