It was unlucky 13 for some in the Football NSW League One Womens competition.
Seven contests were able to be finished in another wet weekend in the state and it included the upset of the season alongside some big victories for sides chasing spots in the finals.
Let’s get onto the review!
Match of the Round: SD Raiders 3 defeated Nepean FC 1
It was a good bounce back for SD Raiders FC in their 3-1 victory over Nepean FC on Sunday afternoon down at Ernie Smith Reserve.
SD Raiders FC were worthy of their win in a performance that saw them find the back of the net twice through Mikala Tucker and Trudy Camilleri in the first five minutes. Milica Aleksic fired home a spot kick in the second half for a performance which pleased coach Catherine Cannuli after their mid-week loss to Gladesville Ravens.
Nepean FC have endured a tough first half of the season but kept fighting until the final whistle tonight against a tough SD Raiders FC side. They pulled a goal back in the first half through Kristen Prior but were unable to add further goals.
Fans had barely settled into their seats before SD Raiders FC had the net bulging and the scoreboard ticking over. Mikala Tucker found the back of the net and it was quickly 1-0 to SD Raiders FC on a cold afternoon.
Like Sydney buses, SD Raiders FC waited four days for the game and made it 2-0 just after five minutes on the scoreboard. Trudy Camilleri with a driving run before she placed the ball into the bottom corner to the delight of the home fans.
SD Raiders FC kept pushing forward to add further goals to their tally. Nepean FC custodian Kaydi Christie had to be on alert to deny them twice in quick succession. Christie was astrong across the game to deny SD Raiders FC more goals.
Nepean FC find their rhythm after the early one-two punch of goals. Annabel Forbes found space on the wing before she rolled a tame shot into the arms of SD Raiders FC custodian Natasha Pentecost.
The visitors did pull a goal back in the 24th minute. A corner was swung into the middle of the SD Raiders FC box and was fumbled right into the path of Kristen Prior, who prodded home to make it 2-1 in an eventful first half hour.
SD Raiders FC kept piling up the chances in the first half. Abigail Boag was played in well by Camilleri but her effort was tipped over then a diving block from Nepean FC’s Emma Ingerson denied them a third goal before the break.
Coming out of the break, SD Raiders FC were feeling just fine and did add a third goal to their tally. The hosts were awarded a spot kick which was calmly dispatched by Milica Aleksic to make it 3-1 in another fast start.
Right after conceding, Nepean FC almost pulled back another goal. Jamaica Marshall provided a good pass to Holly Dalrymple who sprayed her effort wide of the post. Dalrymple had another shot which went straight at Pentecost.
The game started to open up as both sides went to their bench and looked for fresh troops to turn the contest in their direction. Tucker had a shot which was tame then Marshall for Nepean FC tried from downtown and earnt a corner.
As we headed into late stages, SD Raiders FC had a few chances to further add to their two-goal buffer. Tucker again central to the action fired over from a cutback alongside Sarah Mandile who twisted, turned but couldn’t direct it past the keeper.
SD Raiders FC were able to see out the rest of the contest in a professional manner to pick up their seventh win of the season. Nepean FC tried hard but lacked the finishing touch in the contest tonight to take points.
Speaking post-match SD Raiders FC coach Catherine Cannuli was delighted with the manner of the victory for her side but wanted them to be ruthless in front of goal:
“It was a tough game, our girls did really well. We closed the game off which was great. We need to be more clinical in front of goal. The girls are too nice in front of goal and need to take their chances. [Gladesville] was a tough loss so to get back to three points was good for their confidence.” said Cannuli.
For Nepean FC coach Albert Di Sciascio, he was happy with the effort from his side in a tough season against one of the top sides in the League One Womens competition:
“We have to do with what we have currently in what has been a tough season. I have to give it to the team on the field tonight which gave everything they got. We’re doing the best we can and now it’s back to the drawing board every week.” said Di Sciascio.
Sunday 15 May 2022
Ernie Smith Reserve, Moorebank
Referee: John Lalic
Assistant Referees: Christopher Hure & Hannah Lewis
SD Raiders FC 3 (Tucker ‘1, Camilleri ‘5, Aleksic ‘48)
Nepean FC 1 (Prior ‘25)
SD Raiders FC: 1. Natasha Pentecost, 2. Trudy Camilleri (18. Chloe Hain ‘76), 3. Abigail Boag (33. Elana Topalidis ‘62), 4. Isabella Coleman, 7. Emily Pahor, 11. Mikala Tucker, 13. Milica Aleksic, 14. Sarah Mandile, 20. Tahlia Voskanian, 22. Amanda Radmillo (17. Chloe Doan ‘81)
Unused subs: 9. Jemma Brakell, 10. Kiara Coscia, 30. Caitlin Britton
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Nepean FC: 1. Kaydi Christie, 3. Hannah Gestier, 4. Kristen Prior, 5. Natalia Giannakos (31. Lilianna Alba ‘75), 6. Gemma Morgan (27. Megan Lyne ‘75), 9. Jamaica Marshall, 12. Chantelle Lekov (7. Emma Ingerson ‘30 (8. Anjelica Williams ‘75)), 14. Cassidy White, 15. Annabel Forbes (19. Holly Dalrymple ‘45), 17. Annalise Schiraldi, 25. Hannah Haberman
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
South Coast Flame FC 2 defeated by Gladesville Ravens 3
Gladesville Ravens kept the good times rolling with a 3-2 win against South Coast Flame FC on Saturday afternoon at Ian McLennan Park.
It has been a fantastic week for Gladesville Ravens. They triumphed 2-1 in their midweek catch up game against SD Raiders FC and their win on Saturday has them within striking distance of Hills United FC headed into the halfway mark.
Gemma Woolley added another goal to her impressive tally for 2022 with the opener before Lara Brewis and substitute Eleanor Lidbetter completed the scoring on the south coast. The Ravens have quietly built up a long streak and look primed for finals football.
South Coast Flame FC were spirited in defeat against one of the form sides in the League One Womens competition. Alexis Mazlizis and Caley Tallon-Henniker both found the back of the net in the second half to give the Ravens a late scare.
Central Coast Mariners 4 defeated South East Phoenix FC 1
Central Coast Mariners bounced back with a comfortable 4-1 win against South East Phoenix FC on Sunday afternoon at Pluim Park.
The yellow-and-navy were made to work for the three points this afternoon which keeps them firmly in the hunt for the finals. It was an afternoon for braces on the coast with captain Kaitlin Murphy scoring either side of halftime.
The Mariners other two goals came through Gabrielle Blanch in the second half which helped to move the score line out to 4-1. Coach Peter Preston said his side put in a good shift and worked hard for the result on Sunday.
South East Phoenix FC were better than the final score indicates. They went into the break at 1-1 after Madison Cater added another to her burgeoning goal tally. The young side ran out of legs against the Mariners side late in the contest.
St George FC 5 defeated Mt Druitt Town Rangers 0
St George FC put in a five-star performance in their 5-0 win against a spirited Mt Druitt Town Rangers side at Fraser Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Saints have found their goal scoring form in recent weeks with 17 goals in their last three results which pleased coach Mark Cupitt. Striker Jordan Baker again starred for the hosts with a wonderful hat-trick performance.
For St George FC, the other goals were another one from Maddison Farmer who has become an invaluable member of the attack for St George FC. There was also an own goal from the Town Rangers to make up the fifth goal.
Mt Druitt Town Rangers battled hard in the first half to only concede in stoppage time but the young side couldn’t match the firepower of the hosts. Coach Neill Ross remains upbeat about his side turning around results soon.
Inter Lions 3 defeated Northbridge Bulls FC 2
In probably the biggest result of the season, Inter Lions defeated Northbridge Bulls FC 3-2 in a pulsating contest at Majors Bay Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
Inter Lions built on their fantastic point from last weekend with their biggest scalp of the season, beating the standard bearers in Northbridge Bulls FC. The Lions opened the scoring through Jenna Smith although went into the break at 1-1.
The second half showed that Inter Lions won’t a tough out in the second half of the competition under their new leadership. Lara Mascaro put the hosts ahead in the 66th minute then Jess Wootton added a third late for a massive win.
Northbridge Bulls FC suffered their first loss in other a month in a game where they tried out a younger line-up. The Bulls equalised twice in the contest, firstly through Jessica Seaman then Elizabeth Grey made it 2-2 but it wasn’t enough to take anything from the contest.
Marconi Stallions 2 drew with UNSW FC 2
The points were shared in a game of two halves between Marconi Stallions and UNSW FC in their 2-2 draw at Wanderers Football Park on Sunday afternoon.
UNSW FC had a chance to put a gap on the chasing pack for the finals and came out firing in the contest for the first half. Eve Hess and Hannah Charak both found the back of the net for the students but they will be annoyed about not holding onto all three points.
Marconi Stallions will be disappointed to not take all three points but they will relish the second half performance which earnt them a point. Coach Dino Severin gave his side instructions at half-time which saw them turn the tide and storm home.
The hosts scored either side of halftime to gain the point. Candance Sciberras with a well taken finish to pull one back then Tania Baban completed the comeback on the hour mark. Now they hope to take that into their game against Northbridge Bulls FC next week.
Camden Tigers 0 defeated by Blacktown City FC 1
Blacktown City FC took the spoils in a tightly contested night cap against Camden Tigers FC 1-0 on Sunday night at Blacktown City Sports Centre.
The result will be a welcome one for Blacktown City FC. The young side have put in good performances but fell away so these three points will be cherished for them. Their goal came from Yasmin Aloisio in the first half and helping them maintain their clean sheet was an assured performance from Bronte Tilsed.
Camden Tigers suffered for their first half performance where they were unable to keep a hold of the ball to put pressure on Blacktown City FC. The second half was a much better performance from the Tigers, but they were unable to find the back of the net.
The Tigers did hit the post through Indiana Hernandez but after their recent lean run this could be the inspiration, they need for the second half of the season. For Blacktown City FC, it is a welcome second win of the season.
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By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)