Arrive Alive Women?s Super League Round 3 Review

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The exception to the rule was certainly at David Phillips Field where the Eastern UNSW Lions played host to the unbeaten Blacktown Spartans. The Spartans were certainly entitled to favouritism on the back of two impressive wins in the opening rounds of the competition but The Lions had other ideas.
Both sides gave spirited performances but neither could find the back of the net. Both remain undefeated for another week though Eastern UNSW have now had three consecutive draws. They are certainly a gritty side and deserve to grab a full measure of competition points sooner rather than later.
You could call this a slight hiccup for The Spartans but their worth as title contenders won?t be harmed by their effort here. The 2010 season has been kind to them so far and they appear to have the potential to be right in the firing line come the finals.
EASTERN UNSW LIONS 0
BLACKTOWN SPARTANS 0
At Melita Stadium the Gladesville Ravens came visiting with thoughts of taking all three points from the PCYC Lady Hawks.
Ashley Hulme struck for The Ravens in only the fourth minute but Hulme?s impact on the match took a turn later in the half when she was sent off after a tackle on a PCYC player. The Ravens battled strongly with only ten players, doubling their lead in the 23rd minute when Alyssa Hardie scored.
PCYC Lady Hawks fought hard to try and regain a foothold in the match but Gladesville have some new found steel in their game this season. They weren?t about to give back their advantage and ran out deserved 2-0 winners.
GLADESVILLE RAVENS 2 (A.Hulme 4m, A.Hardie 23m)
PCYC LADY HAWKS 0
The trip to the Central Coast looked like being a tough one for St George FC and so it proved.
St George certainly stayed with the home side early. Within the shadows of half time St George looked likely to get to the sheds at 0-0 and with a good share of the game. But three minutes from the break Stephanie Dalcol opened the scoring for The Lightning, followed one minute after the break by a second Central Coast goal from Ashleigh Morris.
Five minutes later Tamara Myers stretched the Lightning?s lead to three before, in the 55th minute, Elizabeth Shorter completed the scoring by adding Central Coast?s fourth goal.
St George tried hard to compete but this thirteen minute scoring blitz from The Lightning was too much, bringing St George?s unbeaten run to an end.
CENTRAL COAST LIGHTNING 4 (S.Dalcol 42m, A.Morris 46m, T.Myers 51m, E.Shorter 55m)
ST GEORGE FC 0
The two battlers of the Arrive Alive Women?s Super League met at Summerhayes Park with Springwood United FC looking for a home win over Northern Tigers.
Details from this game were somewhat limited but Northern Tigers came away in a good mood after taking all the points with a 3-1 win. This would have been a big confidence boost for The Tigers with Rachael Lewis, Katie Daly and Georgie Eastoe getting their names on the scoresheet for the visitors.
Trovato got one back for Springwood but it was never going to be enough today as the Northern Tigers marched on to victory.
SPRINGWOOD UNITED FC 1 (S.Trovato)
NORTHERN TIGERS 3 (R.Lewis, K.Daly, G.Eastoe)
APIA Leichhardt Tigers had the bye this weekend but return to competition next Sunday with a match against St George FC at St George Stadium.
The highlight of round four is sure to be the clash between current competition leaders Blacktown Spartans and third placed Central Coast Lightning at Francis Park. That should be a match worth travelling to see.
Congratulations to all of this week?s winners.  There?s a long way to go in 2010 but every point is very important.
I?ll look forward to seeing you all at the ground next week.
-By Ross Anderson