The curtain has come down on the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Womens competition and we have crowned North Shore Mariners as Premiers while Sutherland Shire FA, Marconi Stallions and Central Coast Mariners make up the top four.
Both UNSW FC and SD Raiders FC bowed out on a win that leaves Nepean FC, Gladesville Ravens and St George FC look towards 2021.
Match of the Round: Marconi Stallions 4 defeated Gladesville Ravens 0
In a warm-up for the upcoming Championship Series, Marconi Stallions triumphed 4-nil against a gallant Gladesville Ravens side on a crisp afternoon at Marconi Stadium.
Marconi Stallions went through the season undefeated and looked comfortable throughout the whole 90 minutes against last year’s champions. Ceyda Cambaz fired home a hat-trick to make it 14 for the season while Danielle Bishop thumped home the fourth.
For Gladesville, this brings the curtain down on their title defense. The Ravens were competitive in the first half but fell away against the galloping Stallions. Ravens under their new coach Claude De Francesco look forward to a better campaign in 2021.
Coming off their mid-week success against St George FC which secured finals football, Marconi looked to prime themselves for the finals against last year’s champions. An early ball from Joanna Martino played in Tania Baban but the striker flayed wide.
Danielle Bishop was her usual energetic self down the flank and kickstarted the next Stallions attack. She linked up with Baban on the right before Bishop received the ball again but couldn’t fashion a shot on the Ravens keeper.
The Stallions looked in a prime mood to attack. Next, Hannah Voloder did all the hard work, broke into the box, beat the keeper but struck the base of the post. Ravens were left on shaky ground as the game remained deadlocked.
Chances were rarer than cheap fuel prices in Sydney for Gladesville. Their best two chances came firstly through Kasia Wojtowicz who thrashed wide then both Annalise Schiraldi and youngster Lara Brewis tested Stallions custodian Renee Krstanovska as the half-time whistle sounded.
The Stallions looked intent to put together a much more fluid second half. Hannah Voloder and Bishop combined with the latter’s shot scrambled clear in an early warning shot to the Ravens defense.
The clock struck twelve for the Ravens defense minutes later. Cambaz broke in the box again, shot low and with the aid of a deflection made it 1-nil to Marconi.
Cambaz kept up her hunger for goals when she rolled home a second in the 57th minute. She broke free and her stung the hands of the Ravens keeper which saw the ball cross the line, 2-nil.
From there, coach Andy Severin made some changes to keep his stars fresh for next weekend’s second against third clash. That didn’t break the rhythm that the Stallions built. Bishop headed home to make it 3-nil and lock up third spot.
Just for the icing on the cake of their result. Cambaz completed her hat-trick in the 71st minute. When Cambaz strode into space, everyone around Marconi Stadium was ready for the net to bulge. Cambaz obliged with a well taken finish to make it 4-nil.
Both sides kept pushing forward to find further goals but the Stallions saw out the rest of the contest to join North Shore Mariners as the only undefeated sides for the 2020 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Womens competition.
Speaking afterwards, Stallions coach Andy Severin praised the work of his side in a busy week to get themselves ready for their next challenge against three other quality sides:
“It was good to end the season undefeated because the girls have worked hard to achieve that. The girls upfront work hard each week for their chances and it could’ve been more today. We know we’re in for tough games over the next fortnight but we respect each opposition while looking after ourselves.” said Severin.
Sunday 27 September 2020
Referee: M. Ryan
Assistant Referees: Y. Guilmeer & N. Djakovic
Marconi Stallions 4 (Cambaz 3, Bishop)
Gladesville Ravens 0
Marconi Stallions: 1. KRSTANOVSKA Renee, 2. VOLODER Hannah, 3. BISHOP Danielle (21. ADDISON ‘80), 5. HUYNH Samantha (16. OSSIO ‘65), 6. MARTINO Joanna, 7. TOMKINS Renee, 8. CAMBAZ Ceyda (9. OLIVIA ‘76), 10. VOLODER Emma, 17. FEATHERSTONE Lauren (14. BUCHANAN ‘71), 36. TAVARES Erin Leah, 40. BABAN Tania
Unused subs: 32. SOLLECITO Isabella
Yellow cards: Bishop
Red cards: nil
Gladesville Ravens: 2. TAYLOR Eloise (40. STEVENS ‘45)(16. GILBANE‘ 66), 4. LIDBETTER Eleanor, 5. FISHER Alanna, 8. ZACZEK Zoe, 9. SCHIRALDI Annalise, 11. WOJTOWICZ Kasia, 14. COLEMAN Eliza, 22. MIKAELIAN Taylor, 29. DE FRANCESCO Stephanie (21. SEETO ‘70), 32. VLANGOS Georgia, 45. BREWIS Lara (76. IKONOMOU ‘42)
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Nepean FC 0 defeated by SD Raiders 1
The SD Raiders FC ended their 2020 season on a high with a tense 1-nil result against Nepean FC at Cook Park on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides looked to blast their team song once more and the only goal came through SD Raiders FC striker Sarah Mandile. Mandile struck on the break with a well-timed lob to make that four goals for the season in an up and down campaign.
Nepean FC again cursed their wasteful nature in front of goal. SD Raiders FC keeper Natasha Pentecost make a string of terrific saves, aided by the Nepean FC side hitting the woodwork several times. It leaves them with plenty to work on for next season with a full squad.
Victory this afternoon made it back-to-back to finish the season for SD Raiders FC. The south-west club seemed to have found some rhythm just in time for the off-season. Coach Terry Gray will be delighted to improve on their position next year.
UNSW FC 5 defeated St George FC 1
UNSW FC passed their final test of the shortened season with a refreshing 5-1 success against St George FC at Seymour Shaw this afternoon.
The season has been full of frustration for the Students and they took that out on St George FC in this contest which has lifted them to sixth position. Harley Johnston starred for UNSW FC with a hat-trick on the final day.
After weeks of good work for no reward, UNSW FC lept out to a 2-nil lead before they added three more in the second half. Zoe Bartley netted her second goal of the season while Rio Darlaston swept home the other in the one-sided affair.
For St George FC, it is another forgettable season. They found some consolation in the second half through top scorer Tulley Mcevoy which was her third goal of the season as the Saints go marching towards the off-season.
North Shore Mariners 11 defeated Inter Lions 0
It was party time at Northbridge Oval as North Shore Mariners celebrated their Premiership in style piling 11 goals past Inter Lions this afternoon.
Evelyn Chronis ended up taking the Golden Boot in a canter. The prolific striker scored six goals in the one-sided contest which was a warm-up for next weekend’s Mariners derby against Central Coast Mariners.
Others to find themselves on the scoresheet was Gabe Marzano with a brace in her first appearance for the season as consistent performers Hannah Beard and Rochelle Johnson both found the back of the net. Caitlin Campbell rounded off the scoring.
Central Coast Mariners & Sutherland Shire FA had the bye
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)