Round 13 serves up some frightening good match ups in the League One Womens competition as the temperature cools down but the football starts to heat up.
Eight games which should see some quality football played across Saturday and Sunday.
South Coast Flame FC vs Gladesville Ravens, Saturday 14 May, 3:15pm, Ian McLennan Park
We’re back with some Saturday afternoon football when Gladesville Ravens travel to Ian McLennan Park to face South Coast Flame FC.
Coming off a disappointing 4-2 loss to Northbridge Bulls FC last week South Coast Flame FC will be keen to get back into the winner’s circle. They will face a blistering Gladesville Ravens side who won 2-0 against Mt Druitt Town Rangers.
South Coast Flame FC are in tenth place and remain in the hunt for the finals fight as we almost turn the corner for the second half of the season. Rachelle Wang has her shooting boots on recently and will need them against the high-flying Ravens.
It is just business as usual for Gladesville Ravens. They are sat comfortable in second spot with a huge midweek contest against SD Raiders FC to deal with in a busy week. Their attack is firing on all cylinders and will make it a tough game for the hosts.
Inter Lions vs Northbridge Bulls FC, Sunday 15 May, 3pm, Majors Bay Reserve
Inter Lions face off against a rampant Northbridge Bulls FC squad at Majors Bay Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
Two sides coming off positive results look to keep their rolling going on. Inter Lions got themselves a 1-1 draw against Sutherland Shire FA while Northbridge Bulls FC started fast to defeat South Coast Flame FC 4-2 at home.
The hosts have improved in the last month, taking four points which included their maiden win of the season against the Town Rangers. If they are to upset the Bulls, they’ll need their big guns to be firing in front of goal.
Northbridge Bulls FC have surged up to sixth spot in League One Womens and it has been helped by their dynamic duo in Evelyn Chronis and Tamires Souza. Those two will have be hungry for goals against the Lions defence.
Mt Druitt Town Rangers vs St George FC, Sunday 15 May, 3pm, Popondetta Park
A resurgent St George FC head west to take on Mt Druitt Town Rangers in an intriguing clash at Popondetta Park on Sunday afternoon.
Coming off their best week of the season Mt Druitt Town Rangers hold to build on their midweek points rather than their 2-0 loss against Gladesville Ravens against St George FC. The Saints are riding high from another 6-0 result against Blacktown City FC.
The Town Rangers have endured a tough initiation to life in the League One Womens competition and it doesn’t get easier against a rising St George FC side. They did show they can keep it close against the contenders and will make it a contest.
The Saints are coming.. Back into form. 12 goals without a response in the last fortnight has pleased coach Mark Cupitt and the spirit shown to bounce back. Maddison Farmer has been a big part of their resurgence in recent weeks and should be heavily involved again.
Camden Tigers vs Blacktown City FC, Sunday 15 May, 3pm, Ron Dine Stadium WASHED OUT
Two sides aiming to get some momentum clash when Camden Tigers host Blacktown City FC at Ron Dine Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Camden Tigers head into this one looking to bounce back after their 3-0 loss to the unbeaten Hills United FC side last Sunday in the northwest. Blacktown City FC will be keen to forget their 6-0 loss to St George FC.
The Tigers have had a rocky road in their debut season but remain upbeat about their chances to get some points headed into the second half of the season. A result this weekend could help them jump several spots on the ladder.
Blacktown City FC might’ve been beaten well but the side from Sydney’s west have competed well but can’t find the final product. The young side hope to take those lessons and apply them to getting some points this weekend.
Central Coast Mariners vs South East Phoenix FC, Sunday 15 May, 3pm, Pluim Park
The Central Coast Mariners head back to Pluim Park to take on a spirited South East Phoenix FC side in the Sunday afternoon sun.
The yellow-and-navy were defeated in last week’s Match of the Round in a close affair, losing 1-0 to Marconi Stallions. South East Phoenix FC lost by the odd goal in a 3-2 game against Nepean FC down on the south coast.
Central Coast Mariners were brave in their game against Marconi and have shown they will be right in the mix for the finals come the seasons end. The Mariners are set up well and might expect to continue their improvement since the start of the season.
South East Phoenix FC have shown they can find the back of the net against most teams in the competition and that will help them get some results. Madison Cater is a consistent scorer for them and will need to be watched by the Mariners defence.
Sutherland Shire FA vs Hills United FC, Sunday 15 May, 3pm, Harrie Denning Centre
The streak goes on the line again when Hills United FC face Sutherland Shire FA at Harrie Denning Centre on Sunday afternoon.
It has been a dozen successes for Hills United FC after they dispatched Camden Tigers 3-0 in their home game last weekend. Sutherland Shire FA had the late game and were forced to share the points in a 1-1 draw against Inter Lions.
Sutherland Shire FA have been in prime form in recent weeks and face their toughest test of the season against the competition leaders. Alina Stojcevski and Violet Keelan alongside the rest of their attack have to solve the puzzle of the Hills United FC for any chance.
13 is usually an unlucky number but Hills United FC are showing there is no luck in their amazing start to the League One Womens season. Coach Alan Tasses might want his side to be slightly more ruthless but they are the team to beat thus far.
Marconi Stallions vs UNSW FC, Sunday 15 May, 3pm, Marconi Stadium
In an exciting fixture, Marconi Stallions take on UNSW FC in a vital clash down at Marconi Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Riding into this contest on a gallop will be Marconi Stallions after their tense 1-0 success against Central Coast Mariners in last week’s Match of the Round. UNSW FC drew 1-1 against SD Raiders FC in their game last week.
The Stallions have found their groove in recent weeks with four straight wins before they face their mid-term exam against the students. Natasha Aitken has chipped in with some vital goals for Marconi and might find herself on the scoresheet again this week.
UNSW FC have shown they can compete against the top sides which is shown in them being in third position on the League One Womens ladder. A win on the weekend will give them some breathing room on the chasing pack in the middle of the competition.
SD Raiders FC vs Nepean FC, Sunday 15 May, 4:15pm, Ernie Smith Reserve
Rounding off Round 13 is SD Raiders FC hosting Nepean FC in a twilight fixture at Ernie Smith Reserve on Sunday.
Both teams head into the game off positive results and ready to rock n roll again this week. SD Raiders FC were forced to share the points in a 1-1 draw against UNSW FC. Nepean FC made it back-to-back wins in their 3-2 success against South East Phoenix FC.
Nepean FC have started to find their rhythm after their two good results in recent weeks and now face a big test against SD Raiders FC. They do have their top scorer Gemma Morgan who will have to find the net on Sunday for any success.
SD Raiders FC are one of the most consistent sides in the League One Womens competition and are a formidable side at home. Rojin Polat has mirrored that being their most prominent goal scorer and will relish the chance to add more goals to her total at home.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)