Eden Ladies Killer Whales defeated Bega She Devils 5-4
Merimbula hosted local soccer’s top-of-the-table clash between the Eden Ladies Killer Whales and the Bega She Devils on Sunday.
In an epic battle that saw three yellow cards, one red card and nine goals, it was the reigning premiers - the Killer Whales - who took home the 3 points snatching a well deserved 5-4 victory in the dying minutes.
In an end-to-end battle, it was two of Eden’s veterans Amber Seckold and Deb Heron who combined to score five cracking goals between them.
The scoring included several one-on-ones with the Bega keeper, an impressive long range free kick and a penalty that saw the Eden women secure the win.
However, the win came on the back of some determined defence, with co-captain Kim Peters and sweeper Bhud Clark working tirelessly to close down Bega’s speedy young strikers and midfield.
Tanya Waites, Cyndi Clark, Tayla Grant, Kate Mitchell, Lee Harris and Nikki Doyle also had their hands full out wide, defending well against the Bega team which oozed speed.
Kamilla Grubesic was back in goal and was kept busy, pulling off some great saves.
Her quick hands were in fine form, repelling all of Bega’s free kicks with ease.
Newcomer to the Killer Whales, Jemma Danvers’ speed out wide and in attack has been a great addition to the Eden side.
Coach Heron said she “was unlucky not to score in the second half with a cracking shot just clearing the posts”.
Mel Mitchell put in one of her typically impressive performances and tracked one of Bega’s playmakers well in the
Heron said Mitchell featured highly in the players’ player votes along with Peters, Clarke and Grubesic.
Heron said she was impressed with the win.
“The side has been training well and our fitness and discipline was what got us home against a very talented and much younger Bega outfit,” Heron said.
“We fell behind 4-3 late in the second half, so to keep our composure and come back to take the win was very pleasing.
“We definitely handled the pressure of the match a lot better with Bega receiving two yellows in the second half and a red card after the match.”
This Sunday, Eden takes on Merimbula at Merimbula at 1.30pm.
Eden’s reserve grade is at home against Bega at 11.10am.