SWSA 2023: Hay Park United celebrates Lily Page’s return to the pitch in style with 4-0 win over Australind

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Lauren Turner (Hay Park United) fires a shot.
Camera IconLauren Turner (Hay Park United) fires a shot. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

A two-goal haul from Lauren Turner and an impressive return from a lengthy stint on the sidelines for Lily Page has helped Hay Park United tighten the race for a top-four spot, knocking off Australind 4-0.

Hay Park United hosted Australind during round 14 of the 2023 South West Soccer Association’s women’s premier league season on Sunday.

In the high stakes match-up to help firm up finals credentials, both sides were keen to make an early break to obtain the all-important lead.

After plenty of back and forth, Hay Park United broke through Australind’s defence for a goal at the 29th minute.

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Liesl Elemans clears her lines for the home side.
Camera IconLiesl Elemans clears her lines for the home side. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

As Australind looked to respond, Hay Park United held strong to lead 1-0 at half-time.

The second half was when Hay Park United really started to take control of the contest, stifling Australind’s opportunities to score and extending their lead in a bid to seal the win.

Lauren Turner made things difficult for Australind, booting goals during the 64th and 81st minute, while Lily Page put the exclamation mark on the win with a late goal to celebrate her return to the field from injury in style.

Australind defender Gabby Arnstein thwarts an attacking raid.
Camera IconAustralind defender Gabby Arnstein thwarts an attacking raid. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

Elsewhere, Busselton City and Bunbury United fought out a 3-all draw.

While Bunbury United managed an early lead with a goal via Daniella Adlam in the 17th minute, Taleeka Bakker responded for Busselton City at the 32nd minute.

Bunbury United drew first blood in the second half with a goal via Alicia Phillis, only for Busselton City to fight back and take the lead for the first time in the match with goals from Caitlin Knight and Janae Snaddon within five minutes of each other.

A late goal from Emily Johnson saw Bunbury United dash hopes for a Busselton City victory, leaving the match at a draw.

In the men’s premier league competition, Football Margaret River maintained first position on the table with a convincing 6-0 win over Dunsborough, Harvey Hawks drew level with Dynamos 0-all, while a goal in extra time from skipper Ryan Pryce helped Hay Park United edge out Australind 3-2.

While Hay Park United managed to get the upper hand during the first half with two goals from Lee Stewart, Australind came firing back with two goals of their own via Nicholas Johnston and Ben Rogers.

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