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Hills Women Eyeing Top Spot

Hills United women are thriving at the top of the FNSW Women’s One competition, with four wins from five matches.

They sit second on the ladder, with table leaders Bankstown City ahead only because of their greater goal difference. Hills United and Bankstown City have one draw apiece, with both teams boasting potent attacks.

The Hills-Bankstown clash this Sunday, April 7, at Jensen Park, promises to be a thriller with bragging rights and outright leadership at stake. The match, which kicks off at 5.30pm, is the match of the week and could potentially give the winners the upper hand for the rest of the competition.

On Easter Monday, Hills United stormed to a 5-2 victory over visitors Central Coast Mariners, with all the goals coming in the second half. The Mariners led 1-0 at half-time after a last-minute goal.

But something clicked for the Hills outfit after the break and before long, they were 3-1 ahead within just six minutes. The brilliant Isabella Sciberras flicked levelled the scores in the 46th minute with the in-form Kaylie Shannon firing in a brace within three minutes against a shell shocked Mariners side.

The Mariners recovered briefly cutting the lead in the 60th minute to 3-2 but the red carding of Tess Quilligan in the 71st minute allowed the Hills United to wrest back the advantage.

Ellen Berios pushed the advantage back to two goals with her 73rd minute strike and first grade debutant Portia Berios rammed home the late punch in the 90th minute for a comprehensive win.

Earlier, in the under-20 game, Hills United defeated the Mariners 3-1.

Thanks to their successes, Hills United are heading the overall club championship with 65 points from 10 matches, followed by Bankstown City on 61.

Hills United take on St George FC at Bella Vista Public School ground on Sunday, April 14 in their seventh round match, kick off at 3.45pm.

Lawrence Machodo

Highly experienced and award-winning journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the newspaper and media industry both in Australia and overseas.  Lawrence Machodo is our Sports Writer.

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