Arrive Alive Women?s Super League Round 4 Review

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In the designated Match of the Day Blacktown Spartans and Central Coast lightning turned on a tight struggle that saw them share the points.
The Spartans took the lead in only the fourth minute when Bronwyn Jarvis struck. The lead was short lived though as just two minutes later Jennifer Tatum scored the equaliser for Central Coast Lightning. Two goals in the first six minutes had the spectators thinking that they were in for a goal feast but neither side could add to their tally in the ensuing 84 minutes.
What was obvious from this encounter was that both sides are serious contenders for title honours in 2010.
Blacktown Spartans       1 (B.Jarvis 4m)
Central Coast Lightning 1 (J.Tatum 6m)
Gladesville Ravens played host to Springwood United FC at Magdala Reserve.
Springwood bolted from the blocks, putting plenty of early pressure on The Ravens defence. However, the visitors couldn?t manage to convert any of their early chances. They were set back on their heels in the 13th minute when Hannah Vousden scored to put Gladesville in front against the run of play.
The Ravens lifted after the goal and Springwood struggled to stay with them. Gladesville created plenty of scoring opportunities but, unfortunately, wasted almost all of them. In the 30th minute, however, The Ravens doubled their lead when Nikki Ridley scored.
After half time both teams traded chances but Gladesville continued to be more dominant. Maintaining their 2-0 lead until full time. With results going in their favour at other ground the win saw The Ravens move to the top of the competition ladder after four rounds.
Gladesville Ravens        2 (H.Vousden 13m. Nikki Ridley 30m)
Springwood United FC  0
Unfortunately I have few details regarding the Northern Tigers v Eastern UNSW Lions match at Mills Park.
If you are a Northern Tigers fan the news was all good though with a Gabby Dal Pozzo brace securing the home side all three competition points. This was something of a surprise result with Eastern UNSW Lions having come into the game on the back of some good form. However, the young Tigers outfit were up to the task, coming away convincing winners.
This made it two in a row for Northern Tigers who suddenly find themselves flying high in third place on the competition ladder. The Lions drop back to eighth but they?ve shown enough so far in 2010 to suggest that they are capable of bouncing back quickly.
Northern Tigers         2 (G. Dal Pozzo 2)
Eastern UNSW Lions 0
At St George Stadium the locals had hopes of rebounding from last week?s loss to Central Coast Lightning with a strong performance against APIA Leichhardt Tigers.
Unfortunately those hopes took a pounding very early through the brilliance of Natalie Spirovski who scored in only the fifth minute of play. Spirovski doubled the pain for St George just nine minutes later with her goal taking APIA out to a 2-0 lead.
The visitors maintained that lead into the break as St George tried hard to mount a response. However, in the 62nd minute Alicia Cavanagh put the result beyond any doubt when she scored to take the APIA side out to a 3-0 lead. Cavanagh, who is working back to fitness after an injury marred start to her season, will take confidence from her strike. APIA will be pleased to have the classy striker back in the line up on a consistent basis.
Full time saw APIA take the points with a convincing 3-0 scoreline.
St George FC                  0
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 3 (N.Spirovski 5m/14m, A. Cavanagh 62m)
I apologise to Blacktown Spartans and Central Coast Lightning for not being able to attend their game today. Unfortunately old age is catching up with me and I was laid low for the day. I?m sure that there?ll be plenty of other opportunities for me to see these two talented sides in action before season?s end.
It was certainly a good round of football; producing some intriguing results. This competition is looking more interesting with every week. The challenge is there for all the teams; who wants the premiership trophy most? I think there are a lot of twists and turns to come for the fans of women?s football and the Arrive Alive Women?s Super League in weeks to come.
See you next weekend.
-By Ross Anderson