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Ashburton United secured a vital win against second-placed Bundoora United after a 2-1 win at Ashburton Park.
In a rather scrappy contest, Laura Spiranovic gave the hosts a first half lead with a well taken header, and Melina Ayres made it two in the second half, pouncing on a goalkeeping error.
Enza Barailla did pull a goal back soon after Ayres’ strike but it wasn’t enough for Bundoora, who fell to their second straight loss.
Melina Ayres continues to prove she’s one of the best young talents in the Women’s Premier League with a four-goal haul to give Ashburton SC a 4-0 victory over South Yarra on Saturday afternoon.
The winger was unstoppable as Ashy bounced back after two bruising losses, including last weekend’s 5-1 defeat to fellow title challengers Boroondara Eagles.
The hosts started the game on fire and completely dominated the opening 15 minutes, suffocating South Yarra their in own half.
It took less than 10 minutes for the hosts to take the lead when a sweeping team move saw Azize Erenli lay off a lovely ball to Ayres who smashed it into the top of the net.
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Boroondara Eagles have made a huge title statement, defeating fellow contenders Ashburton United 5-1 at Knox Regional Football Centre on Sunday.
Despite a clash that looked like a potentially close encounter on paper – especially considering Amy Jackson’s omission through injury – the other usual suspects did the damage for the Eagles, with all of Sarah Jacobs, Aliesha Newman and Taryne Boudreau getting on the scoresheet, and Sky Jensen also popping up with a goal.
Sandringham Soccer Club have closed the gap on Ashburton United, pipping an invaluable 1-0 win at Kingston Heath on Monday night.
Heading into the game five points apart in fourth and fifth place on the ladder respectively, Emma Runnals’ header from a set-piece did the trick, bridging the gap to just two points between the sides.
In an often cagey and scrappy affair, the hosts’ defensive discipline helped them over the line, keeping the talented Ashburton forward line to a clean sheet.
Early push and shove in Ashburton’s attack led to a spilled ball that Georgia Cloepfil pounced on, but Ingrid Philippe stood tall to deny the American.
Ashburton have launched six rockets to dismantle Casey Comets at Markham Reserve on Saturday.
In-form striker Laura Spiranovic led the line with a brace, while the Comets were severely hampered by three players having to leave the pitch with injury.
On a windy day that reminded all of winter’s impending arrival, Ashburton United and Casey Comets strolled out onto Markham Reserve for the round 10 clash.
Aiming to step up early, Casey opened the game quickly by pushing up close to the Ashburton goal, but the home side countered quickly, sending Fede Frew and Melina Ayres in on Alyse Brusamarello’s goal.
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