Mariners return to winners’ circle with crucial victory over Southern

IMPORTANT WIN: Abbey Barcham and her Mariners secured a crucial, one-goal, away win over Southern on the weekend. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN
IMPORTANT WIN: Abbey Barcham and her Mariners secured a crucial, one-goal, away win over Southern on the weekend. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

Western NSW Mariners FC bounced back from two straight losses and returned to the National Premier League 2 winners’ circle on Sunday afternoon, securing a crucial 1-nil away win over Southern Branch at Nowra.

After the long trip Poorsha McPhillamy’s first-half goal proved the difference, and while Mariners goalkeeper Jess Daymond admitted her side was hoping for a bigger margin, she conceded “a win’s a win”.

“Yeah, we probably did want a bigger win but we’ll take the three points any chance we can when we’re travelling, a win’s a win,” she said.

“It was an important win for us especially because we were coming off a loss which was pretty devastating.”

With four rounds left the Mariners are still a mathematical chance of progressing to the Championship Series and while that’s her side’s hope, Daymond said Western’s just focusing on winning the remainder of its games.

“Making the [Championship Series] is definitely the goal and there’s been few upsets recently, so we’ll just focus on ourselves and try to win our last few games,” she said, adding her side won’t give a thought to needing other results to fall its way.

She also heaped praise on young Molly Compton, who made her top grade debut on the weekend and was superb.

“She’s such a good young player, she did a really good job and was basically marking [Southern’s] best player,” Daymond said.

“They’ve got some really quick players up front, it was a big defensive effort.”

  • WESTERN NSW MARINERS FC 1 (Poorsha McPhillamy) def SOUTHERN BRANCH FC 0

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