With only a 3 games to go, the 11-a-side A girls sought to defend their position as top of the table on Saturday. Marist proved to be a tough opposition as anticipated, and pushed the girls in an exciting nail-biter.
Burnside were unlucky not to score within the first few minutes, when their speedy forward line pressured the Marist defence. Ruby Spencer made a great pass to Lucy Simpson, who fired a shot towards goal. It sped just wide of the post, like many opportunities that followed. Sister act Bailey and Payton Anderson combined well on the right, with Payton earning two PCs for the team. Half time saw the score board empty.
Marist held their own in the second half, giving HSOB a real challenge. Burnside scraped by, thanks to some great saves by goalkeeper Stephanie Lee. Runaway opportunities from both teams characterised the second half, and all structure was lost in a desperate scramble in the last few minutes of the game. All spectators and coaches were kept on the edge of their seats.
The game finished, scoreless. It was a "fantastic game to watch" as quoted by one of the parents, and coach Scott Anderson thought it a very good effort by the team. Time will tell if the girls can pull out two more show stoppers, to finish the season unbeaten.
No way through for Marist Lucy on the break