Wodonga Diamonds set for title chase

Tony Cigana
Tony Cigana

WODONGA Diamonds announced themselves as contenders in women’s soccer with a dominant 3-1 win over Albury City.

The win ended a three-year hoodoo against the reigning Cup champions.

City had no answer to Diamonds’ speed and ball control as goals either side of half-time and another in the middle of the second stanza sealed the win.

City’s goal came late against the run of play.

Diamonds are unbeaten after five rounds and coach Tony Cigana said they would only get better.

“With the ground at home pretty much out of action in the early part of the season we are probably two weeks behind where we should be,” he said.

“Last year and the year before we were out-muscled by City but we are used to the physicality of senior women’s soccer now and the girls stood up out there today.”

Bethany Morgan, Antoinette Morrison and Jacqui Hawkins scored for Diamonds but Cigana said the back three of captain Bonnie Denison, Holly Eckert and Emma Buckingham were instrumental to the win.

“Stopping Taylor Paige and Molly Goldsworthy — they were just fantastic at the back,” he said.

“But the midfield was great too and the speed of the front three is going to worry a few sides this year as well.”