Depleted but game Momona unable to hold off City

The top two sides faced off in the women's premier competition for the last time before the finals.

Momona has had the upper hand over rival and defending champion City so far this season, which meant neither team wanted to give an inch.

Momona, however, has been struggling to keep its entire side on the park lately, and its hold on the challenge shield appeared to be loosening.

This week it seemed to all come to a head, as it was severely depleted in numbers and came up against a fully geared-up City side.

That told as City won 2-1.

The early showing suggested that the situation might just be a bit too much for the girls in red, as City's main attacking weapon Tegan Buchanan came to the fore again.

She slotted an opening goal home with a powerful shot midway through the first quarter.

Despite its lack of regular players though, Momona held off the orange brilliantly, and through classy forwards Claudia Peyroux, Sophie White and Nicole Strawbridge, it was creating plenty of its own chances.

It almost seemed as though the City girls had relaxed after opening the scoring early, and they were probably feeling a little shocked at halftime that they had not conceded a goal themselves.

Momona would have sensed a chance to get back in front, and a fantastic solo run from Peyroux culminated in her scoring to emphasise how Momona had wrestled its way back into the match.

It was not to be, however, as City was able to score a second through striker Sarah Thomas.

As the modern game goes, it can be very difficult to maintain the intensity needed without the ability to use a bench.

Despite fighting valiantly, Momona was not able to hold on. City retook the shield it lost in week two this season.

In the other games University A put away its club-mate 5-1, while King's United scored a well earned 1-0 win over Taieri.

 - MATT WEST

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