Bounce back win for United women

Denise Gersbach threw this overhead pass for United against Orange Confederates last Saturday. sub

Putting the disappointment of a last round loss behind them, Parkes United put in a solid performance to record a 5-0 victory over Confederates in the womens Western Premier League competition at Orange last Saturday.

Despite freezing weather and sleet, Parkes were dominant from the opening whistle and were able to control every aspect of the contest.

It only took 10 minutes for United to open the scoring when Janelle Thompson converted a penalty corner.

Thompson was fastest to react when a shot rebounded off the Orange keeper’s pads to give her side a 1-0 lead.

Parkes went 2-0 ahead when in-form centre forward Louise Hawken found space in the circle.

She was on the receiving end of a good Thompson pass and showed good composure to eliminate the keeper and pop the ball into the net.

Parkes continued to dominate play and went to the break with a 3-0 lead after Cass Hodges scored following good lead-up play down the right flank.

Confederates came out firing at the start of the second half, trying desperately to break through the Parkes defence and create some opportunities.

It was not to be as the strong Parkes defence kept their structure to repel any chances the home side could manufacture.

United extended their lead to 4-0 when Cass Hodges scored a nice individual goal, finishing with a reverse stick aerial shot to the delight of her team-mates.

With 15 minutes remaining in the match, Sarah Melhuish capped off an impressive game at centre-half when she picked up a rebound off a penalty corner shot to slam the ball into the back of the net and seal the 5-0 victory.

Best and Fairest points were awarded to Amy Thornberry, Cass Hodges, Codie Wakefield and Madelyn Williams.

Sarah Melhuish a popular choice for Player’s Player honours.

Coach Aaron Huppatz was happy with his side’s win. “A 5-0 victory is always a great result in premier league competition,” Huppatz said.

“However, our trapping showed up as an area that we must improve on.

“At the beginning of the competition we were making approximately 90% of our traps.

“In this game, our percentage rate was about 50%.

“We cannot move forward to the finals, playing the top teams unless this improves.

“It is something we will work on hard at training,” he said.

Parkes United have a home game this Saturday at 1.25pm against Orange Ex-Services.

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