An undermanned 3rd Grade White Vixens squad has put the Bathurst City Red Tops to the sword, overcoming a lack of players to claim a 3-0 victory at Proctor Park.
Forced to call up three players from the 4th grade mixed team minutes after their match, CSUFC would only manage to name a 12-woman-squad, but it wouldn’t stop the team from a fast start.
It would take only 45 seconds into the contest for CSU to make their mark, a staggering run from Emily Watterson down the sideline leading to a scorching solo goal to open the game.
The club continued to apply the pressure up front but failed to capitalise on their opportunities as the game grew into an arm wrestle.
Newly appointed captain Lauren Caruana led her side from the back, her defensive grit setting the tone for the rest of the first half.
Fatigue wasn’t a factor for mixed team members Rachel and Alison Gibbon as well as Kirrily Lazarus, who proved their worth in the transition to the purely women’s format.
CSUFC headed into halftime ruing their missed opportunities, clinging to the early 1-0 lead.
While the centre of the park remained a tightly-contested tussle, CSU would find some form down the wings, with a number of long runs from Lazarus applying pressure to the Red Top’s defence.
After over 40 minutes of scoreless play, something finally gave as a through ball from Lazarus saw Waterson net her second goal of the match.
Flimsy defending saw the Vixens extend their lead just minutes later as some fancy footwork and a neat finish from forward Alex McKibbin saw the ball slotted into the bottom right corner.
The side would fail to score extend their lead but completed their clean sheet as they claimed the three points to march on.
CSUFC 3 (Waterson 2, McKibbin) def City Red Tops 0