A clear top four is starting to emerge in both the men’s and women’s competitions of the 2020 Ottimo House M-League.
Oran Park, Gunners, Tigers and Narellan have broken away from the rest of the pack after six rounds of the men’s competition.
In the women’s competition it’s a similar story, with Camden Tigers, Ingleburn, Narellan and Oran Park leading the pack so far.
Meanwhile Harrington United are still to break their duck after going down at home 3-2 to Narellan in the M-League men’s premiership match of the round, pictured.
Harrington were desperate to secure their first points of the year but it was the visitors who struck first through Adrian Cevenini in the 32nd minute.
The home side were able to draw level just before halftime after Cameron Middleton calmly converted from the spot kick.
When Narellan’s Josh Macmillan was shown a red card for a deliberate handball, Harrington must have thought this could be their day.
But it wasn’t to be as Cevenini would again break the deadlock with a strike early in the second half.
Three minutes later Harrington drew level again through Andrew Care, only to see the game slip away when Narellan’s Joya scored in the 57th minute.
Narellan 3 (Cevenini 2, Joya 1) – Harrington 2 (Middleton 1, Care 1)
IN OTHER MEN’S MATCHES:
Oran Park 7 – Ingleburn 0
Camden Tigers 2 – Eschol Park 0
Gunners 6 – Mt Annan 0
Oran Park 13
Gunners SC 12
Camden Tigers 12
Mt Annan 4
Eschol Park 3
MEN’S RESERVE GRADE
Eschol Park 0 – Camden Tigers 4
Harrington 1 – Narellan 7
Gunners 3 – Mt Annan 3
Oran Park 2 – Ingleburn 0
Eschol Park 3 – Oran Park 0
Ingleburn 3 – Harrington United 0
Camden Tigers 3 – Tahmoor 2
Narellan – Bye.
The M-League Women’s premiership match between Tigers and Narellan, pictured, was the top of the table clash in round 5.
Once again the Tigers put another contender to the sword with an emphatic 12 – 0 win in front of their home fans.
Tenealle Hay was again the main threat up front with four goals next to her name.
Toni Cooper bagged a hat-trick, while Dana Buttigieg, Ashley Taff, Stacey Anderson, Eliza Pereira and Amy Ward all got on the scoreboard with a goal each.
In round six action, pictured, Eschol Park were looking to bring up their first win of the season when they hosted Oran Park, who had an eye on a top four spot.
The home side almost got off to the perfect start when Sheppard’s chip beat the keeper, only to be denied by the bar.
Oran Park then had the better of the chances in the first half, only to be denied by Eschol Park goalkeeper Lana Ferreira time and time again.
Oran Park continued to mount pressure on the Eschol Park defence in the second half and eventually drew first blood from a free kick by Natalie Matich in the 72nd that Shane Warne would be proud of. With the keeper seemingly in control of the flightpath, the ball took a wicked bounce and spun over the head of the helpless keeper and into the back to the net.
It ended up being the decisive goal, with Oran Park securing the three points and fourth place on the table.
Oran Park 1 (N. Matich) – Eschol Park 0
OTHER ROUND 5 WOMEN’S M-LEAGUE RESULTS:
Oran Park 2 – Ingleburn 4;
Harrington v Tahmoor and St Mary’s v Eschol Park to be rescheduled.
Ingleburn 2 – Harrington 1
Narellan 2 – St Mary’s 1
Camden Tigers 7 – Tahmoor 0
Camden Tigers 18
Oran Park 9
St Mary’s 6
Eschol Park 1
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