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South Melbourne have continued their stellar form of late with another strong performance, outclassing Ashburton United 3-0 to set a Grand Final date with Boroondara Eagles next weekend.
The match – set at the neutral Kingston Heath – saw two goals in its opening half as classy finishes from Tiffany Eliadis and Jamie Pollock saw them to the break.
A second to Pollock beyond the hour mark set up a grandstand finish to South Melbourne’s stint in the Women’s Premier League as a tilt at the title beckons at the Veneto Club in a weeks time.
However, the first half was a tightly fought affair, belying the 2-0 scoreline that read after the first 45 minutes.
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Boroondara Eagles have progressed to the WPL Grand Final with a 3-0 victory over Ashburton United at Knox Regional Football Centre.
The clinical hosts put away their opportunities – Taryne Boudreau netted a double while Alex Gummer scored a pearler from distance – to run away with the victory.
On the other hand, the visitors were the architects of their own downfall at times after missing a number of shots on goal, while injuries to key players also hurt their chances.
Ashburton had the ascendancy early, with Briar Palmer rattling the woodwork from distance.
Anna Lanning was kept busy early, forced to pull off saves to deny Georgia Clopefil and Melina Ayres.
Ashburton United will get first crack at league winner Boroondara Eagles in the Women’s Premier League Finals after a 3-2 win against South Melbourne in the Qualifying Final on Saturday.
Briar Palmer’s stunning long goal sealed victory and put Ashburton through to the Major Semi-Final, while South Melbourne goes to the knock-out Minor Semi-Final against Heidelberg United.
Ashburton would lead three times in the match at HA Smith Reserve, breaking South’s resistance when Palmer scored just moments after Tiffany Eliadis had levelled the game 2-2.
The New Zealander sized up her options from 20m outside the area wide on the left, placing her long shot perfectly into the top right corner in the 69th minute.
Ashburton United have secured second place in the Women’s Premier League, as a 2-0 win over Sandringham got them over the line following South Melbourne’s draw against Heidelberg.
Georgia Cloepfil got the ball rolling with a goal after just 20 seconds, befor Laura Spiranovic netted her side’s second to secure a home final and the double-chance.
On a difficult pitch, Ashburton got off to the perfect start when Melina Ayres broke free on the left flank and played and early ball across for Cloepfil, who tapped in unmarked at the far post.
Sandringham responded by almost equalising in the 11th minute when Annabel Gibney found herself on the end of a loose ball inside the box.
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