Manly Allambie United is flying high at the top of the MWFA women’s Premier League ladder with six wins from 7 games and a goal difference to die for.
Kyle Cannon’s team have scored 29 goals and conceded just four, and is comfortably the testing material of the competition.
This week, however, something of a challenge: Wakehurst FC, who sit third on the ladder and have lost just one game all year – last weekend to Mosman.
Coach Cannon knows his team faces a serious threat at Millers Reserve on Sunday.
“It’s the first time we’ve played them this year so I don’t know a lot about them. I know they’ve got a new coach [Greg Chipman] and just going on results they seem to be gong quite well,” Cannon said.
While United appears to be cruising at the top of the ladder, it’s more like a duck doing all its work under water, according to Cannon.
“We’re working hard on the important things: effort areas, structure, team morale. We’re just working on getting things right. You don’t want to peak too early. Long way to go in the season,” Cannon said.
Asked to single out in-form players-to-watch, Cannon demurred – and then named one anyway.
“It’s really been a great team effort all year. We’ve been stressing the ‘team’ focus, that it’s about everyone working together for the good of the team.
“But Sana Cook has been a standout for us. She’s been a very important player for us linking in midfield,” Cannon said.
In the weekend’s other game Mosman hosts Pittwater RSL at Allan Border Oval while Brookvale has the bye. On Wednesday night Beacon Hill takes on BTH Raiders and Seaforth plays Manly Vale.
By Matt Cleary