United’s Naomi Lynch is embraced by teamates after scoring a goal for her team. United Panthers won 2-nil.
United’s Naomi Lynch is embraced by teamates after scoring a goal for her team. United Panthers won 2-nil. Robyne Cuerel

Uniteds stifle Wallaroos in final

UNITEDS  have completed the fairytale season by taking out their first Maryborough and District women's division one premiership since 2008.

The young Uniteds side, who made the grand final from fourth after upsetting last year's champions Tinana and minor premiers Granville Rovers, shutout raging favourites, the Wallaroos to claim the title 2-0 on Saturday.

After taking an early two goal lead in the first half with goals from Morgan Stephensen and Naomi Lynch, Uniteds put the clamps on the Wallaroos' high-powered offence and shut down their top threat Belinda Kenny.

"The girls were just so elated," Uniteds coach Cheryll Brown said.

"I'm very proud because a lot of the girls also played in the under-16 grand final.

"Our defence played really well and Lyn Tucker played out of her skin.

"We really marked Belinda which was important and I think we had a little bit more up front."

With a stack of young players in the Uniteds side, including Australian schoolgirls representative Lauren Scholl and Queensland under-16 goalkeeper Jessica Switzer, Brown said there was no reason why they couldn't build a dynasty.

"You would like to think it would roll on to the next couple of years," she said.

For the Wallaroos, it was the second consecutive year they have tripped up at the final hurdle after losing to Tinana in extra time last year.



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