South secure championship in penalty shootout
South Melbourne secured the championship after a thrilling 5-4 penalty shootout against Geelong Galaxy United at ABD Stadium on Sunday.
In what was a packed ABD Stadium, South Ambassador Lisa De Vanna was able to open the scoring for South after firing one into the back of the net finding in the 19th minute.
The girls were able to find their second through an unstoppable header by Natalie Martineau as the girls held a 2-0 lead at half-time.
In an entertaining second half, Geelong Galaxy United were able to peg one back through a Spiranovic penalty in the 59th minute.
Geelong Galaxy United were able to find the equaliser through a thunderous strike by White into the back post as the scores were level at 2-2 in the 72nd minute.
However despite two goals in quick succession by Galaxy United, south were unlucky not to score their third for the match after Greiser’s header hit the crossbar in the 80th minute.
Caitlin Greiser was looming dangerous up front for South after being denied again by the crossbar in the 83rd minute.
The girls were playing attacking football and were unlucky not to get their third after De Vanna’s shot hit the upright in the 87th minute as the games went into extra-time with the scores level at 2-2.
The girls started the better of the two teams in extra-time with Greiser finally able to find the breakthrough after finding the net at the back post in the 93rd minute as the girls held a 3-2 lead.
Galaxy United didn’t go down without a fight after finding the back of the net courtesy of Al-Huneidi in the 108th minute.
Greiser had a chance to bury the match for South, but her shot was well saved by the Galaxy keeper in the 113rd minute.
Galaxy United had their chance to score the winner after a long range shot almost found its way in the 115th minute.
Plyer of the Game Tiffany Eliadis had a chance to score for South, but her shot was cleared off the line in the 19th minute as the match went into penalties.
In what was a nailbiting penalty shootout at ABD Stadium, Greiser was able to convert the penalty as the girls secured a thrilling victory to cap off a stellar WNPL season.