Mosman’s 90-minute effort bests brave BTH

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Mosman has moved into a tie for fifth position on the MWFA women’s Premier League ladder after a 3-1 win over Belrose Terrey-Hills Raiders on Sunday at Allan Border Oval.

Mosman coach Josh Ayscough was understandably delighted. “The overall work rate from the entire team and our defence was excellent for 90 minutes and that was the difference.

“It was probably the first game where the work at training has clicked for long periods in a game. And combined with a great team effort we got a good result,” Ayscough said.

Sarah Carr opened the scoring for Mosman in the 23rd minute when a free kick was parried back into play by the BTH keeper before Carr followed up to header in. BTH equalised from the penalty spot in the 39th minute and the teams went to the break 1-1

Twenty minutes into the second half Mosman got back in front when a right side cross was iced by Arabella Baker’s one touch finish. The victory was secured in the 81st minute when Steff Davis launched a searing free kick from outside the 18-yard box that rocketed into the top right hand corner of the net.

Despite the three goals, Ayscough said his team “needs to be better at taking our chances up front”.

“We are creating good opportunities but should have a better conversion rate,” he said.

Asked to nominate his best Ayscough nominated: “Clodagh Hill at centre-back defended exceptionally and made some crucial tackles to keep us in the game.

“Steff Davis was everywhere in central midfield and continued to help us push forward with some crucial passes.

“And [striker] Arabella Baker led a high press at the front and was consistently working to get in behind the defence.”

Ayscough also singled out his opponents.

“BTH played very good football and were relentless going forward. No part of the game was particularly comfortable for us and they had enough chances to win the game themselves,” Ayscough said.

In Sunday’s other game Brookvale and Manly Vale had a 1-1 draw at Grahams Reserve while on the previous Tuesday night at Seaforth Oval Seaforth beat Manly Allambie 2-1.

By Matt Cleary

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