DEFENCE will be a key for Spring Gully and Colts United in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League's women's Knockout Cup final on Sunday.
The finalists have played brilliantly in their run to the Cup decider at Strathdale's Beischer Park.
Runner-up in this season's championship race, Colts United has struck 13 goals across three games in its KO Cup campaign.
United has struck goals with stunning regularity and the defence has worked brillianlty to concede one goal in three contests.
The Gully has a 6-1 record in two games.
Spring Gully coach Maree van Dalen said defence had been strong in recent weeks.
"We've also had quite a lot of shots on goal, but it's been the defensive pressure that's been a key to getting to the final.
Gully's captain Carrie Lenaghan or Ally van Dalen have excelled at sweeper.
"Toni O'Bree is in great form in goal.
"Pressure through the midfield will be really important against a skilful team," Maree van Dalen said.
Their championship duels were a goalless draw and a win for Colts.
Sunday's women's final kicks off at 1pm on the Beischer Park pitch off Reservoir Road in Strathdale.
Spring Gully - Danielle Weeks, Alyssa Whelan, Ally van Dalen, Jemimah Bish, Nicole Ford, Zoe Rule, Mia Killick, Shania Cromb, Toni O’Bree, Jessica Hartland, Carrie Lenaghan, Subs: Gabrielle Young, Casey Morris, Brayah Fitzpatrick, Camilla McKindlay, Natalie Kaminski.
Colts United - Sarah Beaumont, Rebecca Berry, Bianca Cola, Stef Cola, Taylor Jackson, Tayla Maloney, Louise McColl, Beth McDonald, Amy McDonald, Alishia Stratford, Elizabeth Watkins. Subs: Kellie Moller, Ebony-Jade Jones.