THE Monaro Panthers will be hoping to secure back-to-back victories and gain some momentum ahead of the ACT Women’s Premier League semi-finals when they welcome Canberra Olympic to Riverside Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Monaro downed Canberra FC 1-0 last week in a tight affair to move into third position on the competition ladder.
Ashleigh Palombi – unsurprisingly – proved the difference, slotting home a 12th minute strike to secure the morale boosting result for her side.
Palombi has netted an incredible 20 goals this year and her latest effort brings her level with Belconnen United’s Michelle Heyman in the race for the coveted golden boot award.
Adding to her tally shouldn’t be an issue this weekend, with Monaro’s task a relatively straightforward one.
Olympic, who are currently in fifth position and nine points shy of fourth placed FC, have had an up and down season, briefly flirting with the top four early on but ultimately failing to live up to their pre-season billing as a finals contender.
The visitors will have aspirations of causing an upset and savouring some pride in their last match of the season, but the likelihood of that occurring is low at best.
Monaro are a hungry unit and will be looking to build on last week’s victory to gain the necessary impetus to succeed in finals football.
Defeat has been a rarity for the NSW-based outfit in 2013 and having taken four points from a possible six from their two previous meetings with Olympic, there’s a lot to suggest Monaro will secure the result on Sunday it so desperately craves.
Monaro Panthers: 1. Jocelyn MARA, 2. Nikola ORGILL, 3. Renae SUINE, 4. Sigourney DUNK, 5. Olivia MOORE, 6. Becky WATTS, 7. Elizabeth McPHERSON, 8. Zoe SZEREMET, 9. Ashley ARMSTRONG, 10. Ashleigh PALOMBI, 11. Brittany PALOMBI, 12. Melku JOHNSTONE, 14. Georgina BAILEY, 15. Hiwot JOHNSTONE, 16. Amy KOMINEK
Canberra Olympic: 1. Madeleine SANFRANCESCO, 2. Clare HILL, 3. Merryn BROWN, 4. Chloe GASH, 6. Thea WILKINSON-SHORE, 7. Meg McLAUGHLIN, 8. Ashlea BRYANT, 9. Caitlin MUNOZ, 11. Monica CERRO, 13. Lizzie READ, 14. Cara ARMSTRONG, 15. Aroon CLANSEY, 16. Ali COOK, 17. Kahlia HOGG, 18. Kimiah ALBERTS, 20. Teah FOGARTY