Round 8 was another weekend of furious action in the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Womens competition where goals were the order of the day. St George FC and Nepean FC had big results while Gladesville Ravens got themselves in the winner’s circle.
Let’s get onto the review!
Gladesville Ravens 3 defeated Central Coast Mariners 1
Gladesville Ravens found their shooting boots in a 3-1 success against Central Coast Mariners this afternoon at Christie Park.
It wasn’t all smooth flying for the Ravens in the first half. Central Coast Mariners held their own and got themselves a 1-nil lead at the break. Jordan Evans was the goal scorer in a fine performance from the yellow and navy side.
The Ravens were soaring in the second half. Star striker Keiko Tanaka got herself a brace to put the Ravens into the lead including one from the spot. Zoe Zaczek picked up the other goal in the success which puts them into equal fifth with Marconi.
Tonight, also saw the first minutes this season for one of the Ravens stars in recent seasons, Annalise Schiraldi which will boost their chances in making the top five. Central Coast Mariners suffered a few key injuries in the second half which hopefully won’t affect their chances.
Inter Lions 0 defeated Nepean FC 3
Nepean FC kept the good times rolling with a comfortable 3-nil success against Inter Lions this afternoon down at Majors Bay Reserve.
It was one way traffic at Majors Bay Reserve tonight. Nepean FC have shown they are a contender in the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Womens competition and put together as coach Alan Tasses said: “a performance of complete dominance.”
After last week’s match winner Annie Halls kept up her purple patch with another goal in tonight’s 3-nil win while the energetic Imogen Lane got a brace to take her tally to six goals for the season. Tasses added he was “happy for the girls and deserved to get the win.”
Marconi Stallions 0 drew with Sutherland Shire FA 0
There was a lot of action but no goals in a 0-0 result between Marconi Stallions and Sutherland Shire FA this afternoon at Marconi Stadium.
One of football’s greatest cliches is “a game of two halves” but it seems to be apt to describe this contest between two sides desperate for results. Sutherland Shire FA had their moments in the first half before Marconi Stallions galloped into prominence as the game tightened up.
If this was football manager Stallions coach Andy Severin might throw the laptop out of a window with it being “one of those days” in front of goal. The Stallions attack created enough chances through Tania Baban and Ceyda Cambaz but were thwarted by Sutherland Shire FA.
The result doesn’t do either side a favor in the race for a top five spot. Marconi Stallions cling onto fifth spot by their superior goal difference while Sutherland Shire FA on the outside looking in back in ninth position.
South East Phoenix FC 0 defeated by St George FC 8
League leaders St George FC ran rampant in Nowra as they thumped South East Phoenix FC 8-nil on Sunday afternoon at South Nowra Football Complex.
The Saints were at their vibrant best in their eight-goal success which keeps them at the summit of the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Womens competition with a three-point lead. Jordan Baker took her season tally past double figures with her four-goal haul beachside.
St George FC’s other four goals were shared amongst the squad. Nicole Besz and Genevive Russo got their first goals of the season while Maddison Farmer and Morgan Maxwell also found the back of the net in a goal difference boosting afternoon.
For South East Phoenix FC, this result marks three losses on a trot and leaves them stuck in tenth position with the rest of the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Womens pulling away from them and their slim finals hopes.
SD Raiders FC 1 drew with Northbridge Bulls FC 1
A fabulous fightback from SD Raiders FC has seen them share the spoils in a 1-1 draw against Northbridge Bulls FC Sunday at Ernie Smith Reserve.
Getting a result at Ernie Smith Reserve has been tougher than navigating peak hour traffic in Sydney but Northbridge Bulls FC got the perfect start. Livewire attacker Rita Boateng scored her eighth goal of the season to make it 1-nil at the break.
SD Raiders FC showed their fighting spirit quickly after the second half whistle getting themselves an equaliser through their own goal machine, Sarah Mandile. That was Mandile’s fifth of the season and with an under-strength side it was a good result.
For SD Raiders FC coach Anthony McFadden, he was “proud of the girls and their style of football” in the draw today. McFadden asked his side to “run” all game and they did so. For Northbridge Bulls FC they will be disappointed to drop more points and lose ground on leaders St George FC.
UNSW FC had the bye
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)