SOUTHERN Suburbs struggled to capitalise as Wanderers held their nerve to take home a 3-0 win on Saturday night.

Souths struggled to find a rhythm early on and convert their chances into goals.

Mercedes Ash opened the scoring for Wanderers, using a counter attack off a Souths' chance late in the first half to fire the ball into the back of the net.

A moment of individual brilliance from striker Kirralee Monkhouse began an onslaught of attacking play from Wanderers to lead 2-0 at the break.

The final half was a frenzy of attacks from both sides.

Souths then started to win their share of midfield contests and the game opened into an end-to-end rally.

Wanderers' Gabby Cook made a 50m dash down the wing in a counter attack, linking up with Minka Elliott to convert a late goal.

Goalie Kate Payne was a virtual spectator for the remainder of the match as her defensive trio Ainslee Deeth, Shyneal Saunders and Shannon Boswood closed down Souths' attack.

Wanderers' coach Scott Deeth was more than happy with his side's Round 5 performance, praising their commitment in defence.

"I was really happy with the way the girls played, we made the most of our opportunities," Deeth said.

"It was a good team performance; we weren't just relying on two or three players."

It was the second time the teams had met this season with Suburbs stealing a 5-4 first round win.

"We have a lot of respect for Souths, they don't give up so we certainly can't afford to relax," Deeth said.

"We really needed to lift the physicality against them."

Wanderers were rewarded for their old-fashioned 70-minute performance with only a few bumps and bruises.

"We played well and had a good win but a real positive is that we still have room for improvement," Deeth said.

"We have nine players under the age of 18 who are reasonably inexperienced when it comes to A-grade hockey.

"They will only continue to get better throughout the season."



Park Avenue Brothers 3 (Tayla Madden 2, Ebony O'Brien) def Gladstone Souths 0

Wanderers 3 (Minka Elliott, Kirralee Monkhouse, Mercedes Ash) def Southern Suburbs 0

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