Ballarat Eureka Strikers beaten 2-1 by Zebras

SCORER: Ashley Blackburn netted Ballarat's only goal on Sunday.

SCORER: Ashley Blackburn netted Ballarat's only goal on Sunday.

Two first half strikes helped Moreland Zebras secure all three points from Sunday’s clash with the Ballarat Eureka Strikers.

Goals from Amy Johnson and Tayla Mure gave the home side a 2-0 lead at the break before Ashley Blackburn scored a late consolation for the Ballarat girls.

The Strikers remain fourth on the Football Federation Victoria women’s state league two north-west table following the defeat, while the Zebras are still second, two points behind leaders Hoppers Crossing.

Ballarat now has a weekend off for the competition’s catch-up round before hitting the last two games of the campaign.

The Strikers are back at home against Fitzroy City on August 26 before a trip to take on La Trobe University the following Sunday.

TABLE: Hoppers Crossing 45 +58; Moreland Zebras 43 +33; Lara United 28 +2; Ballarat 27 +9; La Trobe University 20 +1; Maribyrnong Swifts Silvers 16 -7; Melbourne University 16 -18; Maidstone United 13 -25; Yarra Jets 8 -30; Fitzroy City 6 -23.