In a magnificent display of sporting prowess, Ali Ryan rammed home a free kick that claimed the all age ladies’ football grand final for Clyde United against Moruya Swans.
IN a magnificent display of sporting prowess, Ali Ryan rammed home a free kick that claimed the all age ladies’ football grand final for Clyde United against Moruya Swans.
The winning shot, mid-way through the second half, gave Clyde a 1-nil lead they hung onto until the final whistle in the decider at Dalmeny on Sunday.
After the match, Swans goalkeeper Renee Johnston, who made several major diving saves, revealed to her team-mates that she was expecting a baby.
“The reason that I’ve been eating so much is that I’m 11-and-a-half-weeks’ pregnant,” Johnston said.
Her saves included pouncing on a penalty shot in the 18th minute, an achievement her child might possibly recall in later life.
Overall, there was little difference in play from the two sides in the frantic, free-flowing match.
Referee Darryl Walsh showed three yellow cards - to Moruya’s Crystal Staunton and Vicki Baker, and to Clyde’s Katie Lauder.
Moruya won five corners in the final minutes but couldn’t hit the net.
Clyde’s keeper, Ali Spicer, made one fine save from a Staunton header.
Clyde coach Paul Dillon said he believed it was a fair match.
“Both teams deserved to win and take home the trophy,” Dillon said.
“We didn’t play our best but we held our own.”
Swans’ co-coaches Andrew Catsaras and Phil Timms praised their players’ fine handling of not only a tough season but also their first grand final.
“The ugly duckling almost became the beautiful swan,” Timms said.
The Swans club was boosted by the youth girls’ grand final win after a penalty shootout against Narooma.