Western Spirit brace for local derby

WESTERN Spirit gained confidence for tomorrow night's Cup game after a 2-2 draw with Virginia.

Preparing to play Ipswich City at Sutton Park, Spirit travelled to Virginia for their premiership catch-up game.

Spirit were bolstered by some reserves, equalising when Amy Sharland scored following some promising lead-up.

Sharland outran her defender before firing her shot low.

With halftime nearing, a free kick awarded to Virginia was tipped onto the crossbar by Kiara Bird only to see the rebound fall to the opposition who scored their second.

In the second half, Gemma Blake surged down the right wing to cross into the feet of Grace Menjivar who calmly turned and scored to level the scores again.

"This wasn't our best football today but the ladies scrapped for everything and were definitely better in the second half,'' coach Mark Scholes said.

Goalkeeper Bird, Laura Johnston and Sharland played strongly.

Spirit's mid-week Cup game is against Division 2 opponents Ipswich City.

Spirit's next Division 3 premiership clash is at Samford on Saturday night.

The Ipswich Knights Diamond League side lost 2-1 to Eastern Suburbs in their latest away game.

Despite the soggy conditions, the Knights women turned in a gallant display.

Some radical positional changes saw the team geared to attack.

The breakthrough for the Knights finally came when Melissah Von Bischoffshausen outsprinted the Easts defenders.

Her shot was parried by the keeper before Hannah Bianchi was on hand to calmly slot away the rebound in the 62nd minute.

The goal galvanised the Easts players. They continued to apply the pressure and scored the winner 10 minutes from the end.

For the Knights, Bianchi proved a difficult prospect for Easts defenders.

April Albury and Stevie Whisson worked hard in midfield and keeper Tori Lee Jackson was solid in difficult conditions.

Coach Mark Turner said it was a welcome turnaround for his side, who benefitted from a team wide commitment to attack.

"We decided to go into this game with a more cavalier approach and it certainly worked for us,'' Turner said.

The Knights City League 1 team were unable to play due to a waterlogged field at Bardon.

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