Round 5 in the Football NSW League One Womens competition was another fantastic weekend of action filled with goals and drama.
All eight fixtures provided action as all 16 teams try to find their spot in the competition.
Let’s get onto the review!
Match of the Round: Hills United FC 4 defeated South Coast Flame FC 0
Hills United FC remain unbeaten in season 2022 after a comfortable 4-0 result against a dogged South Coast Flame FC side at Bella Vista Public School.
The hosts felt like they were having their own goal of the month competition with some of the goals from the game. It was a second half blitz from Hills United FC with Imogen Lane and Annie Halls both scored braces to keep them top of the table.
For South Coast Flame, they went into the break locked at 0-0 before their hopes were extinguished by the Hills United FC goal bonanza. Coach Daniel Naumovski lamented a performance of two halves which cost them.
On a bright afternoon in Bella Vista, both sides were into their work early. Hills United FC had a pair of early headers from corners. Both efforts went on target but were swept away by the South Coast Flame FC defence.
Imogen Lane was the next Hills United FC player to test out South Coast Flame custodian Charlotte Palmisano. She tried to take a cross from the right first time but it flayed wide of the post as both teams searched for the opener.
South Coast Flame had their first big chance of the contest shut down expertly. Rachelle Wang strode confidently into the air and looked to unleash a shot before a fantastic tackle from Hills United FC Aisling Davidson denied her.
As the corners kept piling up for Hills United FC. Captain Desiree Galea tried to thump home a header before it went wide of the post. Despite both teams best efforts the game went into the break locked up at 0-0.
Hills United FC had the perfect start to the second half in the 47th minute. Lane found a pocket of space outside the box and arrowed an effort into the bottom corner, making it 1-0 for Hills United FC and reward for their hustle in the first half.
Right on the hour mark, it was double delight for Hills United FC. Fresh on the field, substitute Annie Halls put an effort into the top corner which was rising higher than the property market to make it 2-0 for Hills United FC.
Another substitute in former Blacktown Spartans player Alix Roberts was involved heavily in the attack straight away. She linked up with substitute Tayla Chaplin to open up space for Chaplin fired an effort straight at Palmisano.
The hosts were in full flow and had control of the contest before they added a pair of goals to stretch their lead out to 4-0. First, Halls produced a party trick to score direct from a corner to make it 3-0 quickly followed by Lane making it 4-0.
Late in the contest and trying to add a fifth. Davidson once again popped up in the attack and rifled one that was headed towards the top corner before Palmisano dived full stretch to deny her a maiden goal for the season.
Speaking post-match, Hills United FC Alan Tasses was both delighted with the side’s effort in the second half and getting some minutes into some of his players:
“We were impatient in the first half. We got them to be more patient on the ball in the second half and it paid off for the side. Having Annie [Halls] and [Alix] Roberts on the bench helps. It was the first time we gave them decent minutes.”
“Having them back is the cherry on top on what has been a fantastic start to the season already for us. Now we must keep going and maintaining our form.” finished Tasses.
For South Coast Flame FC coach Daniel Naumovski, he kept it short and sweet regarding their defeat to Hills United FC on Sunday afternoon:
“We didn’t turn up the second half tonight. It was good for the first half but we just fell away in the second half.” said Naumovski.
Sunday March 20 2022
Bella Vista Public School
Hills United FC 4 (Lane ‘47, ‘77, Halls ‘61, ‘80)
South Coast Flame FC 0
Hills United FC: 1. EASTHOPE Sarah, 3. DAVIDSON Aisling, 5. HANSEN Janie, 7. TROVATO Stefanie (2. JACKSON ‘80), 8. GALAYINI Bianca (10. HALLS ‘60), 9. LANE Imogen, 13. GALEA Desiree, 14. BERIOS Ellen (4. ROBERTS ‘50), 15. WHEELER Cassandra, 17. SCIBERRAS Isabella (11. CHAPLIN ‘60), 18. TALLON Leah,
Unused subs: 16. BRIEN Bridget, 21. WHOLOHAN Emma
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
South Coast Flame FC: 1. PALMISANO Charlotte, 2. CRUICKSHANK Jessica, 4. MALIZIS Alexis, 6. FREEMAN Ebony, 7. WANG Rachelle, 9. KOLOSKI Monique (12. WILSON ‘50), 13. PRIOR Lisa, 14. SKOPAL Emilia (11. BLANCH ‘60), 17. WALSH Darby (18. RUSSELL ‘15), 31. MCINTYRE Kelly, 35. TALLON-HENNIKER Caley
Unused subs: 3. LOVEDAY Libby, 8. LOVE Brooke, 21. SHARROCK Tahlia
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Marconi Stallions 3 defeated Nepean FC 0
Marconi Stallions got back into the winner’s circle following a comfortable 3-0 win against Nepean FC at Marconi Stadium.
Coming off another light week on the training field, Marconi Stallions galloped into a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to Candace Sciberras’ brace. Sharpshooter Ceyda Cambaz added another goal in the second half for a vital three points for the hosts.
Coach Dino Severin was pleased with his side’s effort after the contest. He remarked that his side were able to control the game quite well which was key to grab three vital points while they are still short staffed.
Nepean FC once again were gallant in defeat. They were set up solidly which helped them stymie the Stallions attack at times. The visitors will now go back to the drawing board to chase their elusive first win next weekend.
Mt Druitt Town Rangers 1 defeated by Northbridge Bulls FC 10
Northbridge Bulls were on parade against Mt Druitt Town Rangers in their 10-1 victory at Popondetta Park on Sunday.
Northbridge Bulls FC took the frustrations from their recent results out on the unfortunate Rangers side on the pitch. Once again, Tamires Souza was the highlight act as the striker bagged four goals to continue her strong start.
It was also a welcome back for former Golden Boot Evelyn Chronis.
In only her second game this season, the sharpshooter scored a hat-trick in the big win. Caitlin Campbell, Alana Fisher and an own goal rounded out the scoring in the rout.
Mt Druitt Town Rangers did find some consolation with Veronica Dimo finding the back of the net in the first half.
Overall, it was another long afternoon for the Rangers with some heavy defeats in recent weeks but there is always next week.
Camden Tigers 1 defeated by Central Coast Mariners 3
Central Coast Mariners were back in the winner’s column after a 3-1 win against Camden Tigers down at Rone Dine Stadium.
After their close loss last week, this was the perfect tonic for the yellow-and-navy. The Mariners went into the break at 1-1 due to Chloe Smith’s equaliser. Captain Kaitlin Murphy and Indianna Asimus added the other two goals.
Camden Tigers did take the lead in the first half through Kristy Rohrer. The home side were organised well and continued to show in flashes their ability to compete against the top sides in the League One Womens competition.
Mariners coach Peter Preston was delighted with his side’s effort post-match. The yellow-and-navy controlled huge parts of the contest and picked up vital points in their search for finals football later in the season.
SD Raiders FC 1 defeated Sutherland Shire FA 0
SD Raiders FC edged out Sutherland Shire FA 1-0 in a tight contest played out at Ernie Smith Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
The result continues the strong run of form for SD Raiders FC. They have won four out of their first five games and are lodged tightly in the top four. Coach Catherine Cannuli will be pleased with another three points banked this weekend before their game against Gladesville Ravens.
It was a tight contest across the whole 90 minutes with SD Raiders FC finding the late winner in the 78th minute through Mikala Tucker. Otherwise, there wasn’t much between the two sides in another tight tussle in the League One Womens competition.
For Sutherland Shire FA, they remained upbeat despite the result. Coach Jon Long praised his side for their role in the even contest where the defence were on top. Sutherland Shire FA might have started to find their footing after a slow start.
St George FC 3 defeated Inter Lions 1
St George FC made it three wins on the bounce in a 3-1 victory against a gallant Inter Lions FC side played at Fraser Park.
The Saints remain undefeated to start the League One Womens with their fourth win which has them sat in second spot on the ladder. Jordan Baker picked up another goal which adds to the strikers impressive tally thus far.
Whilst it won’t be another clean sheet to add to St George FC’s numbers for the season they showed their full attacking arsenal again. Stevie Donougher found the back of the net in the first half alongside Amy Bennett in the 55th minute.
Inter Lions briefly fought back to 1-1 in the first half as they sniffed an upset. Natalie Pajor equalised for the visitors after a wonderful pass from Jess Wootton. The search for a maiden win still eludes the Lions thus far in 2022.
Gladesville Ravens 5 defeated Blacktown City FC 0
It was a five-star performance from Gladesville Ravens in a 5-0 win against Blacktown City FC on Sunday afternoon at Christie Park.
Gladesville Ravens put on a stellar performance in the sunshine and strolled to another solid three points to remain cemented near the top of the League One Womens ladder. Gemma Woolley continues to be the focal point for the Ravens with a huge four goal haul.
Keiko Tanaka added the other goal in the five-goal win for Gladesville Ravens. At points, the Ravens peppered the Blacktown City FC goal but for the wonderful work of their goalkeeper Kiara Rochaix it might have been a heavier defeat.
Blacktown City were outclassed by the better side in this contest but coach David O’Keefe did pick out a few players who had a good shift in the game. Kaylie Shannon and Claire Szymoniczek performed well alongside the previously mentioned Rochaix.
South East Phoenix FC 2 defeated by UNSW FC 7
The goals flowed in a nine-goal contest between South East Phoenix FC and UNSW FC where the visitors triumphed 7-2 at South Nowra Football Complex.
In a string of good results thus far in 2022, this one was UNSW FC’s most dominant. The students were clinical in front of goal on a warm afternoon. Marcella Santos added further to her burgeoning goal tally with a huge four goal performance.
The rest of the goals came from a brace to Eve Hess and another tally from Issey Morris to remain in fourth spot in the League One Womens ladder. Now they have a mid-week date with Sutherland Shire FA due to the wet weather.
South East Phoenix FC might have been on the wrong side of the score line tonight, but they did find the back of the net twice in the game. Fixtures on the scoresheet Madison Carter and Amanda Carney scored in the first half.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)