Soccer: Strikers close in Keilor contest

Ballarat Eureka Strikers came close to their first win of the season in a competitive contest with Keilor Park at Morshead Park on Sunday in Football Federation Victoria’s women’s state league one north-west competition.

Lisie Dodds.

Lisie Dodds.

It took the Strikers only four minutes to score the first goal of the match in front of a home crowd via star forward Lisie Dodds.

But the squad was unlucky to conceive an own goal from a deflection to level the scores 1-1 at half time.

The sixth-placed Keilor Park came out strong in the second half and scored a quick goal to take the lead, before Dodds scored the equaliser at the 68th minute.

While the Strikers had more attack on goals, they could not find the back of the net to get in front.

The match ended with the 2-2 scoreline, the Strikers’ fourth draw of the season.

Strikers coach Laura Brady said the match was a significantly better performance from the squad, which was characterised by more willingness to attack the ball, which created opportunities.

The game was a marked improvement on the previous time the two sides met, with Keilor Park winning that match by five goals.

RESULTS

Eltham Redbacks 4 d South Yarra 1 

Melbourne Knights 5 d Essendon Royals 1 

Bundoora United 4 d Lara United 2

Ballarat Eureka Strikers 2 drew with Keilor Park 2 

University of Melbourne 3 d Preston Lions 0

LADDER: University of Melbourne 33 points, +33 goal differential; South Yarra 27, +26; Eltham Redbacks 27, +19; Melbourne Knights 24, +6; Bundoora United 21, +4; Keilor Park 19, +3; Essendon Royals 17, -9; Preston Lions 15, -11; Lara United 5, -28; Ballarat Eureka Strikers 4, -43.

Reserves

Keilor Park Reserves 3 d Ballarat Eureka Strikers 2 

LADDER: University of Melbourne 29, +16; Keilor Park 27, +11; South Yarra 22, +22; Preston Lions 22, 0; Melbourne Knights 21, +8; Bundoora United 21, +7; Eltham Redbacks 20, +4; Lara United 12, -23; Ballarat Eureka Strikers 11, -19; Essendon Royals 6, -26.