Panthers’ eight win streak over City over | Photos

BATTLE: Lithgow Panthers' Cheryn Van Veen and Bathurst City's Emma Oxley - both goal scorers on Saturday - fight for the ball. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 051317pbcity3

BATTLE: Lithgow Panthers' Cheryn Van Veen and Bathurst City's Emma Oxley - both goal scorers on Saturday - fight for the ball. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 051317pbcity3

The winning streak is finally over.

The Lithgow Panthers women’s Premier League Hockey have had the wood over rivals Bathurst City in recent times with eight consecutive victories but that all changed on Saturday.

For the first time since the 2014 finals series, City managed to post a win over Panthers as the Lisa Quinn-coached outfit prevailed 4-1 at Bob Roach Field.

It was close at half-time as City led 1-0 and Panthers had pressured, but the second stanza saw the Bathurst outfit settle into the contest and the goals it needed came.

“I just think the girls were a little bit nervous in the first half and were a little bit jittery and our passes were a little bit off,” Quinn said.

“But in the second half we relaxed and got our rhythm and once we did that, and the nerves went away, we had control of the ball, the passing was spot on and we made the best of our opportunities.

“I don’t think we got as many opportunities as we did against Confederates [2-0 win], but we made more of them.

“It was very exciting, very nice and a relief to be honest.”

Meeting for the first time since the 2016 grand final, defending premiers Panthers began strongly but it was City who opened scoring in the first half via Emma Oxley, before Bec Bosianek doubled the lead in the second half.

She scored her second before Amanda Saladine pulled one back for Lithgow, but Brooke McFadden iced City’s cake on full-time, securing a breakthrough three-goal win for last year’s runners-up.

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