Shared from the 5/31/2017 Moorabbin - Kingston eEdition

HOCKEY

Southern United men win in a canter

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Southern United’s Megan Hull gets busy against Mentone.

IT was a big day at Farm Road with all four of Southern’s top teams playing home games against neighbouring Mentone.

And all door proceeds again went to the Peter Mac Foundation.

The Women’s Premier League match was the first of the feature matches and after just four minutes Mentone went ahead through a goal to Jackie Jones.

For the next few minutes Southern gave as good as it got but Mentone seemed to be able to stop it moving the ball from the back with any real fluency.

The visitors managed another goal in the 33rd minute with Shara Cousins putting the ball past the outstretched Southern keeper.

In the second half Southern controlled more of the play and looked particularly dangerous when Megan Hull had the ball in the middle of the pitch and was looking for runners up high.

Knowing time was against his team Southern coach Matt L’Huillier dragged the keeper so he could have an extra field player on the pitch to create more chances. Southern looked dangerous and could well have scored a goal or two but it was Mentone managed late goals to Corinne Bowen and Jessie Dean to run out a 4-0 winner.

The result was reversed in the Premier League men’s match with United winning 6-1. It was 2-1 up at half time and dominated the helpless Mentone for the first 15 minutes of the second half. Old hands Waseem Ahmed and Matt L’Huillier were classy and influential in the buildup to attack and all the strikers were looking dangerous. L’Huillier scored three goals in that period. It was a strong performance from the locals, who head into their bye equal second on the ladder.

Four of the players on display on Saturday have been named in the State Under 21 teams, a record number for the club.

Laura Johnson was selected in the women’s team and Brad Marais, Josh Ephraums and Nathan Ephraums were tapped for the men’s side.

— Anna Jennings

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