Woongarrah FC 1 vs 2 East Gosford FC: Goals: Emma Hurley (WGA), Kim Meyer (EGO), Kelly Hogan (EGO). Desperate to keep their finals hopes alive, the East Gosford Rams traveled to Hamlyn Terrace to face Woongarrah on Sunday afternoon knowing they needed a win to keep in touching distance of the top four.
In considerably windy conditions the Rams made a great start to the match, shifting the ball from the kick-off down the left-hand side of the field before Naomi Abbott picked out Kim Meyer with a great cross, of which Meyer tucked away confidently to give her side an early lead. Despite the early goal East Gosford continued to create scoring opportunities, with Meyer again going closest after she struck the crossbar following a cross-come-shot that was ultimately cleared by the Woongarrah defenders.
The Wildcats posed a continuous threat with their pace up-front, particularly that of top-scorer Emma Hurley, but it was the Rams who were to again go closest to the matches second goal, with Kelly Hogan letting fly with a strike that rattled the woodwork on the cusp of half-time. Intent on avoiding a repeat of the early stages of the first half, the Wildcats emerged as the more likely team to find a goal in the opening exchanges of the second half, with a number of efforts drawing saves from East Gosford ‘keeper Ashleigh Meyer.
Unable to find an equalising goal, the Wildcats were made to pay as Rams top-scorer Kelly Hogan doubled her sides lead after 70 minutes, beating two defenders and firing past Rochelle Davis in the Woongarrah goal.
The Wildcats were to find a late goal to give them some hope of rescuing a point from the fixture after Emma Hurley scored with a phenomenal strike from outside of the penalty area, however, East Gosford held on to record a second 2-1 victory over their opponents this season.