A seventh-minute goal from Kathryn Ward was all Sydney University needed to earn the points in their Women’s Premier League clash with Manly United FC at Wentworth Park on Sunday.

The tight one-nil scoreline was the result of a very competitive encounter that offered chances for both teams but University dug deep to keep Manly United at bay.

Sydney University remain outright third on the Premier League ladder with four rounds to play in the competition proper.

NSW Institute of Sport head the ladder on 50 points (from 19 games), with Macarthur Rams (45 from 20 games), Sydney University (45 from 18 games), Illawarra Stingrays (42 from 20), NWS Koalas (38 from 19) and Manly United (36 from 19) making up the top six.

Sydney University have away games against NWS Koalas at ELS Hall Park, ninth-placed Inter Lions at Concord Oval and Illawarra Stingrays at J.J. Kelly Park before rounding out the competition rounds against eleventh-placed Sutherland Shire at Wentworth Park.

Sydney University Reserve Grade also have the finals in their sights. Marconi head the Reserve Grade ladder on 44 points, with NWS Koalas (35), Manly United (34), Sydney University (31), Illawarra Stingrays (30) and Macarthur Rams (27) making up the top six.

And the club’s aspirations don’t stop there, with the Under 16s running fourth and the Under 12s in second spot, while the ninth-place Under 14s remain an outside chance.


NSW Women’s Premier League – Round 18


First Grade: Sydney University 1 (Kathryn Ward) d Manly United FC 0 at  Wentworth Park.

Reserve Grade: Sydney University 1 drew with Manly United FC 1.

Grade 16: Sydney University 1 d Manly United FC 0.

Grade 14: Manly United FC 3 d Sydney University 1.

Grade 12: Sydney University 2 drew with Manly United FC 2.