Top side tastes defeat

Mustangs’ Monique Ker makes a run into space during her side’s 1-1 draw with Irishtown on Saturday. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

CHHA. Tigers successfully halted Robins’ nine-game unbeaten streak on Friday night, holding on to take a narrow 1-0 win under lights.

Going into the match, the season’s record between the two teams stood at two wins and a draw in favour of Robins, but it was Hannah Jackson’s first-half opener for the Tigers that proved the difference in round 10.

Jackson’s goal was the result of a well-worked play by the black and gold, with chances coming thick and fast for both teams at either end of the pitch.

Robins settled after conceding to apply plenty of pressure, but Tigers’ defence held firm with goalkeeper Vicki Smith stepping up to the challenge in place of the team’s regular keeper.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with Robins again applying pressure to Tigers’ defence but unable to find the back of the net.

Sam Johns and Laura Berechree played well for Robins, while Tigers’ Karlette Perry performed strongly alongside Jessie Ollington and Kylie Monson.

On Saturday, Mustangs snapped a streak of their own in a 1-1 draw, sharing the points with Irishtown following eight successive defeats.

The Canaries held a slight mental advantage over their opposition leading into the match, with two wins in the pair’s last two encounters.

The game saw an even start, with Mustangs the first to settle and apply attacking pressure, forcing the ball into the circle on several occasions.

Irishtown were solid in defence, but Mustangs’ pressure was eventually rewarded with a superb goal from Nakore Popowski.

Irishtown came out stronger in the second half, and their perseverance up forward was rewarded after Demi O’Halloran levelled the score with two minutes left on the clock.

Leanne Innes-Smith played a blinder for Mustangs together with Popowski, Joanie Coker and Caz Dennison, while Annabel Dixon, Amanda House, Sammy Byard and Bec Wells were named among the best for Irishtown.

In Division 3, Irish Green took the spoils over Tigers to stay on top of the table, while Robins defeated Irishtown Yellow to remain closely behind in second place.

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