Mid-week football returned to Bensley Road as the Gunners SC, the 2019 defending champions, hosted third placed Tigers for the first time this season.
And the hosts got off to a perfect start, with Anthony Nicola opening the scoring within seven minutes in the round five clash.
The Gunners continued to pile on the pressure and Golden Boot leader Matt Wallace capitalised to double the advantage 16 minutes later.
The Tigers had a great opportunity to peg one back when they were sent to the spot, but Blake Ross had his shot easily denied by Lester Denny.
Gunners were down to 10 men when Deegan Hunter was sent off, having conceded the penalty.
The teams went to the break with the score 2 – 0.
Early in the second half the Gunners were down to nine players after Andrew Phillips was shown a red card for an off the ball incident.
But the home side managed to keep the Tigers at bay to run out 2-0 winners at full time.
Gunners 2 (Nicola, Wallace) – Camden Tigers 0.
Round 10 of the Men’s M-League continued on the weekend, and it saw the return of Gunners to the top of the League, after Oran Park was humbled by a rejuvenated Mt Annan.
The Mustangs have won 4 of their past 5 games and face the third placed Tigers this Wednesday evening.
Eschol Park picked up their second win of the season, accounting for Ingleburn 1 – 0 after Alexander Antolak scored the only goal of the match eight minutes before full time.
Harrington moved off the bottom when they secured their first win of the season during the week, but had a much tougher assignment on the weekend when they headed to Bensley Road. The Gunners were far too strong for the young Hornets.
The Tigers bounced back with a gutsy 3-2 win over Narellan and the Rangers now find themselves three points out of the final four
Mid-week football continues from Wednesday and it’s a mouth-watering top of the table clash at Jack Brabham Reserve, when Oran Park host Gunners in what could decide the 2020 M-League Division 1 Premiership.
In other matches Harrington host Eschol Park and Ingleburn battle Narellan.
TABLE: Gunners SC 27, Oran Park 25, Camden Tigers 21, Mt Annan 17, Narellan 14.
MEN’S RESERVE GRADE
Ingleburn 4 – Eschol Park 1
Gunners 9 – Harrington 0
Oran Park 2 – Mt Annan 0
Camden Tigers 2 – Narellan 1
TABLE: Oran Park 27, Gunners SC 20, Camden Tigers 20, Mt Annan 16, Ingleburn 14, Narellan 10.
Tahmoor 3 – Oran Park 2
Narellan 2 – Eschol Park 0
Ingleburn 2 – Camden Tigers 6
Harrington United – bye
TABLE: Camden Tigers 25, Tahmoor 15, Narellan 15, Ingleburn 12
WOMEN’S M-LEAGUE UPDATE
The Eagles cemented second place with a comfortable 5 – 0 win over Tahmoor when M-League Football returned to Lynwood Stadium for the round 5 clash.
The 2019 Golden Boot Winner Kelly Milligan had a brace before halftime as the Eagles jumped to a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles didn’t slow down after the break, with Chointelle Kelly firing a brace to round out the comprehensive victory.
Ingleburn 5 (Milligan 2, Kelly 2, Radmilo) – Tahmoor 0
In round 10 of the Women’s M-League, Eschol Park picked up their 7th point in three weeks when they easily accounted for finals hopeful Narellan Rangers 8 -0.
For the Wolves, Suma Katti was the star with a hat-trick, with Sheppard (2), Thavyhane, Smith, and Lewis also hitting the scoreboard, in what was the best performance from the Wolves all season.
In other Round 10 matches, the Tigers stretched their lead to eight points at the summit, defeating second placed Ingleburn 3 -1 at Mac Fields on Sunday.
Tahmoor got back on the winners list with a 3 – 1 win over fellow finals hopeful Oran Park, and St Mary’s recorded their third win for the year, defeating Harrington 4 – 0.
Mid-week football continues tonight with Round 11 action: Oran Park v Harrington, St Mary’s v Ingleburn, Tahmoor v Narellan, and Camden v Eschol Park.
TABLE: Camden Tigers 30, Ingleburn 22, Tahmoor 16, Oran Park 15, Narellan 13.
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