Academy 16s Girls show fight

CENTRAL Coast Mariners Academy Girls Grade 16 team are assured of either first or second place in this years Football NSW Women’s Premier League Competition.

CENTRAL Coast Mariners Academy Girls Grade 16 team are assured of either first or second place in this years Football NSW Women-s Premier League Competition.

The Women-s Premier League is the top tier of weekly competition for this age group and the Mariners Academy Girls have shown that they can match it with and beat the best teams around.

The Girls have played two games this week - both against third placed Manly with their encounter on Saturday at Pluim resulting in a 0-0 draw. Both teams were required to back-up for a Tuesday night game at Cromer Park, Manly. The game was previously abandoned when Academy player Ali O-Brien suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The Academy Girls, through a goal to Layla Leccas, brought home the points for O-Brien and the team with a 1-0 win over Manly. The win puts the Grade 16 Girls on top of the table with Illawarra - the only difference between the two teams being a goal difference of three goals in favour of the Stingrays.

Manly now sit some 10 points behind both the Central Coast Mariners Academy and Illawarra Stingrays. With only two rounds left to play, Illawarra and the Academy Girls are both assured of first and second with the next games critical to who can claim the title of Minor Premiers.

The Academy Girls travel to ELS Hall Park this Sunday to play NWS Koalas and then return to the Coast on Sunday 19 August to play Interlions at Budgewoi. Kick off for the Grade 16 Girls is 11.30am.