Round 9 Review – NPL NSW Women’s


Sydney Olympic are back on top of the league after nine rounds of the NPL NSW Women’s competition.

Bankstown City 1-4 Blacktown Spartans

The run continue for the Blacktown Spartans, six games without defeat, this time Bankstown City was put to the sword.

Four goals in the first half had this one done before the break with Bankstown scoring a second half consolation.

It was the Spartans who started the better, going close in the opening minutes through Beth Gordon, only for her effort to hit the bar.

Bankstown slowly grew into the game and just as they seemed to take the initiative, Blacktown hit the front.

Ash Crofts did well to burst into the box before cutting back for Linda Dudek who finished beyond Renne Krstanovska.

The Lions re-gathered and had a couple half chances through Vesna Milivojevic and Amy Dahdah before lightning struck twice.

Crofts outmuscled her defender before calmly sliding the ball into the back of the net to double Blacktown’s lead.

The home team needed to make sure they didn’t concede further before half time but they couldn’t hold out.

Alix Roberts stepped up to take a free kick in the 43rd minute just outside the box and blasted a ball into the back of the net, giving Krstanovska no chance.

Two minutes later things went from bad to worse.

Some nice combination play had Crofts with the ball in the box, scoring her second of the game and the Spartans’ fourth.

It was the home side who started the second half better and Milivojevic pulled one goal back.

A nice one-two between the midfielder and Dahdah saw Milivojevic place the ball into the back of the net.

Bankstown couldn’t do anymore though with Crofts’ hat-trick also getting away from her, the score finishing 4-1 to the visitors.

Emerging Jets 0-5 Sydney Olympic

Sydney Olympic travelled north to take on the Emerging Jets.

There was only one side in this one with Sydney Olympic scoring five and running away with a 5-0 victory.

The win puts Olympic back on top of the ladder.

Macarthur Rams 4-2 North Shore Mariners

The Macarthur Rams hosted the North Shore Mariners at Lynwood Park.

In the 20th minute the home side had the lead, a sublime finish from Emma Ralston.

Sham Khamis then made a foul inside the box and gave the Mariners the champ to equalise from the spot.

Jordan Evans stepped up and made no mistake with the spot kick.

It didn’t take the Rams long to hit the front in the second half as Ralston grabbed her second.

Soon after it was 3-1 as Nicola Orgill added another and then Leena Khamis made it four.

Jasmine Maguire picked up a consolation in stoppage time for the Mariners.

FNSW Institute 1-2 NWS Koalas

Football NSW Institute and the North West Sydney Koalas did battle at VSP.

It was the away side that took the lead in some style through Deborah-Anne De La Harpe, who volleyed an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.

Isabella Chidiac equalised just before the break with a shot from distance that Parraguirre fumbled into the goal.

Princess Ibini scored the winner in the second half though to complete a massive victory for the Koalas.

Northern Tigers 0-2 Illawarra Stingrays

North Turramurra Rec Area hosted the clash between the Northern Tigers and Illawarra Stingrays.

A goal either side of half time was enough for the Stingrays to register all three points away from home.

Michelle Carney had the first with an experienced first time finish, showing all her class.

Kahlia Hogg made the points secure with a fine effort from distance in the 57th minute.

It was a first defeat since round one for the Tigers.

Sydney University 2-1 Manly United

Sydney Uni and manly United faced off at Sydney University Football Ground.

Julie Anne Russell opened the scoring with a neat shot from just outside the box for Uni.

Hannah Peric had Manly level with just over 10 minutes to go, heading in a free kick.

But the home side wouldn’t allow for a surprise result, Sarah Morgan capitalising on a Nicole Simonsen fumble.

By – Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s writer