Merewether have kept themselves in the driver’s seat for the Women’s Premier League top spot after withstanding Olympic’s incessant press at Arthur Edden Oval to clinch a vital 2–1 win over their finals rivals on Friday evening.
United have earned themselves a chance to go top of the league, if they can bag the three points from their game in hand over ladder leaders Broadmeadow Magic.
The ladies in red and white had to come from behind in Round 9, however, overturning a one-goal deficit built by Newcastle’s Laura Hall within the opening ten minutes of the heavyweight battle at Arthur Edden Oval last weekend.
Hall was the first to score in the contest, putting the away side up before the game had ever truly settled into a rhythm. Llamas talisman Rhali Dobson was able to cancel out her strike midway through the first-half to answer.
Olympic proved why they’re a potential tip for the Premier League silverware come year’s end though. Georgia Amess and top goalscorer Jemma House made Merewether’s Alison Logue work for all three points, peppering her goal throughout the second half.
The difference came late on in the battle though, and from United, not the hard-pressing Olympic side. Set-piece specialist Jamee Ellis stepped up again for the Llamas, slotting home a stunning free-kick to split the difference at Wallarah Road.
The win rockets Merewether up to second in the standings, and gives them control of their own destiny. Top-placed Broadmeadow, who rolled through Thornton in a 9–1 victory this round, sit on 19 points with a game in hand.
United boast two games yet to be played — they will face Mid Coast and Thornton in the scheduled catchup games — and now sit on 17 points. If they can convert both chances to six points, they’ll hop up the standings again, into first place.
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Elsewhere in the WPL’s ninth round, Adamstown continued their strong 2020 with a 3–1 over New Lambton. Defeating the defending champs puts the Rosebud (13) just two points outside finals, behind fourth-placed Warners Bay (15).
The Panthers have kept hold of their top-four spot with a five-star victory over a returned Mid Coast though. Braces from Georgia Cook and Jen Hoy led Warners Bay to a 5–1 win at John Street Oval on Sunday afternoon to close out the round.
STANDINGS: Broadmeadow (19), Merewether (17), Newcastle (16), Warners Bay (15), Adamstown (13), Mid Coast (9), New Lambton (4), Thornton (0).