Singleton Storm defeat top-placed Garden Suburb in an incredible upset

BIG WINNER: Singleton Storm right-back Connie Yeomans was important in the side's upset win over Garden Suburbs last Friday.
BIG WINNER: Singleton Storm right-back Connie Yeomans was important in the side's upset win over Garden Suburbs last Friday.

IN one of the best sporting results seen by a Singleton side this season, the Storm have defeated Garden Suburb in the interdistrict women's Friday night competition.

The Storm have been having a strong season, and were placed fourth prior to last Friday night's match.

However they had previously struggled to mix it with the very best, losing to Cessnock City 6-0 and 5-2 in rounds one and round 8 respectively, and going down 9-2 to Garden Suburb in round three.

That all changed last round though, as they rallied to defeat Suburb 2-1 in a nail-biting contest at Howe Park.

Getting the better of the top side is always an achievement, but the local team's performance is brought even more into focus when considering their opponents came into the game undefeated with a goal difference of 92 and an average of 11.4 goals per game.

Yet, the Storm's defence held up till late in the match when they were already 2-0 up, and managed to hold the fort during a tense last few minutes.

Part of that defence, right-back Connie Yeomans, spoke to The Argus about the strength and cohesion they showed throughout the game.

"It's always intense in the backline but we pulled together really well, Hannah [Bates] who was in goals usually plays in the backline but we had Katie Bell fill in and she did really great pulling us all together," she said.

The side's two worst results of the season both came in the first three rounds, but since then coach Tove Croswell has been working hard to find their new additions' best positions and strengths, which is now paying dividends.

Croswell herself put in a wonderful performance, scoring the first and assisting the second, before rallying her side to defend the lead.

Yeomans admitted the final few minutes were a touch stressful with Suburbs trying to find the equaliser, but was proud of her team for holding up.

"They definitely came back hard, as they do, but we kept our heads up and kept our heads together and kept it out," said the 20-year-old.

"It's a great feeling to know that we can pull that off, I know we have a great team so for sure we could do it, but we just managed get it [the win] this week."