Roth brace against Polonia propels Phoenix to decider

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Phoenix have eliminated Denmark and Polonia in the women’s premier cup.
Camera IconPhoenix have eliminated Denmark and Polonia in the women’s premier cup.

Two goals in a tense second half helped Phoenix win their women’s premier cup semifinal last Friday night, eliminating Polonia in the process of reaching the Great Southern Soccer Association decider.

Phoenix did not make it past the elimination final round in last year’s cup competition but they are through to the final this year after breaking the deadlock with Polonia after half-time.

Level at 2-2 after 45 minutes, Phoenix were able to find the back of the net twice on their way to a 4-2 triumph.

Chelsea Roth continued her terrific season up front, scoring a brace for the winners, while Emily Amoraal and Renae Hordyk also finished with goals against their name.

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For the fourth season in a row, Polonia’s cup run came to an end at the semifinal stage, despite the best efforts of star Laura Hunt, who netted both of their goals.

Port Albany have reached their second straight women’s premier cup final, having been in the top tier only two seasons.

In the other semifinal, Port Albany were too strong for Albany Royals, kicking a goal in the first half and then adding two in the last 45 minutes to book their place in the decider. Two first-half goals from Mt Barker United helped them progress to the women’s reserves cup final.

Mt Barker United finished 2-0 winners over Polonia and they will face league champions Denmark in the final.

Denmark’s terrific season continued as they thumped Rovers 5-0 with Neve Wagner and Heather Carter among the goals. In the women’s social semifinals, Grammar Blue won an entertaining contest with Denmark White after the two teams finished 1-2 in the league competition.

Grammar Blue won 6-2 on the back of a five-goal haul from Lola Sims.

Polonia Red will be their opponents after they beat Albany-Bayswater 3-2.

Melissa Bell finished with a brace.

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