Raiders run legs off weary Sirens
SOUTH Services Sirens hosted 2013 Women's Premier League minor premiers Urunga Raiders at Rushforth Park on Saturday.
The Sirens had the better of the opening 20 minutes as they kept possession and created several chances. But several defensive errors proved costly as the Raiders edged ahead.
With six players unavailable, many girls had already put in a reserve grade shift and in the stifling heat soon felt the pinch.
Lisa Linnetson put Sirens on the scoreboard with a composed goal after she eluded the offside trap and beat the keeper in a one-on-one contest.
But Urunga showed why they were table toppers last year, playing quality one-touch football around the edge of the box and causing headaches all afternoon to win 7-1.
With no regular keepers available Sarah Gray bravely put her hand up and pulled off some exceptional saves while young Brianne Green is flourishing in her first season of senior football in the crucial position of left fullback.
Reserve grade lost 2-0 despite being under the pump for the majority of the match.