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13 Girls

Lilli Pilli 1

Manly Allambie United 0

Lilli Pilli from the Sutherland Shire Football Association took out the 13 girls title after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Manly Warringah FA team Manly Allambie United FC.

It was the odd goal from Emily Bishop in the first half that settle the 13 girls Champion of Champions.

It was Lilli Pill that looked the more dangerous in the opening exchanges, holding better field position, only for United to create the chances.

Manly Allambie had the first chance after a free kick taken by Eireann Ryan, only for the ball to bounce into the hands of the Lilli Pilli goalkeeper.

Emily Bishop then had an attempt for United but there was not enough power behind the effort to trouble Lilli Pilli.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, Lilli Pilli took the lead.

Alarna Penfold started the move with a sweeping ball to the right which Emiline Bourke then delivered into the box after showing some explosive speed down the wing. Isabel Adams received the ball in the box, her touch fell to the feet of Penfold who poked the ball home.

United looked for an immediate response and almost found it through Eve Goldsworthy, only for her shot to go just over the bar.

After the break it was Lilli Pilli that went close following a corner, Bourke’s effort looping over the bar.

Again, it was Lilli Pilli going close, this time India Knight forcing the keeper into a save with her legs. With the resulting corner, Lilli Pilli went closest to doubling their advantage as Kayla Babington’s curling effort rebounded off the crossbar.

Goldsworthy was looking most likely for United and almost had an equaliser, forcing the Lilli Pilli keeper into a good save.

With less than 15 on the clock, United should have equalised as Bishop broke through the Lilli Pilli defence, moving in on the opposition goal but unable to find the back of the net with her tame effort.

The chances started to mount for United as Goldsworthy found herself with acres of space after a fine team move, only to rush her effort and not get the desired connection with the ball from only metres out.

United had one final chance, falling to the feet of the energetic Goldsworthy, grazing the top of the bar with her powerful shot from just outside the area.

Match Stats

Manly Allambie United FC 0

Lilli Pilli FC 1 (Penfold 25’)

Manly Allambie United FC: 4. Henley, 5. Quarrell, 6. Middleton, 7. Morgan, 8. Ryan, 9. McGrath, 10. Goldsworthy, 11. Ross, 12. Molinia, 14. McNamee, 15. Moore, 16. Hamilton, 22. Kennedy, 88. Bishop.

Lilli Pilli FC: 2. Herbert, 3. Lyons, 5. Adams, 6. Tindall, 7. Penfold, 8. Babington, 9. Knight, 10. Bourke, 11. Degnan, 12. Graham, 13. Street, 15. Anderson, 20. Matthes, 27. Macartney, 110. Weigand.


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