St Pat's women claim 1-0 win over Orange Ex-Services

One Kristy Ekert strike proved the difference between Bathurst St Pat’s and Orange Ex-Services on Saturday, her 53rd minute goal ultimately sealing a narrow win for the Saints.

Despite being down to 10 on two separate occasions – Julie Honman picked up a brace of green cards – the Saints closed out Saturday’s round seven clash expertly, keeping them deadlocked in equal second with Lithgow Panthers and Confederates.

THE DIFFERENCE: Kristy Ekert's 53rd minute strike was enough to seal a one-goal win for St Pat's over Ex-Services. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

THE DIFFERENCE: Kristy Ekert's 53rd minute strike was enough to seal a one-goal win for St Pat's over Ex-Services. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Ekert and Ruby Clarke shone for St Pat’s, while Leanne Kennewell, goalkeeper Erin Horan and young gun Lilly Baker were impressive for the Ex-Services as the two sides fought tooth and nail in a goal-less opening period.

That continued through the first 18 minutes of the second half too, proving how evenly matched the sides are despite Ex-Services sitting fifth to St Pat’s second.

Then Ekert struck, finding the back of the net and giving her side what proved to be a match-winning buffer.

A few things didn’t go Ex-Services’ way, Kennewell said, and a couple of injuries didn’t help either.

A bit of panic in defence caused the Orange side some problems too.

“We panicked a little bit coming out of our end when we should’ve been sticking to our game plan,” she explained.

“Their goal shocked us a bit too, we thought it was out but St Pat’s determination resulted in a goal.”

The win gives Pat’s their third straight victory this season. It has also ensured Saints remain level with Lithgow Panthers on the table.

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