In the penultimate round in the first half of the League One Womens competition there was plenty of goals to go around in the six contests that were played on a wet weekend.
The Match of the Round featured the local clash between St George FC and Sutherland Shire FA. Let’s get onto the review!
Match of the Round: St George FC 2 defeated Sutherland Shire FA 0
St George FC took local bragging rights in their 2-0 victory against Sutherland Shire FA in the Match of the Round at Fraser Park.
The Saints were made to work for the three points in their derby contest. St George FC scored in either half through Maddison Farmer and Jasmine Maguire in a performance which pleased coach Mark Cupitt as they took their streak to four.
Sutherland Shire FA are a young side and didn’t disgrace themselves against one of the top teams in the League One Womens competition. Coach Jon Long was impressed with their growth over the first half of the season.
Under the grey skies, both sides looked to establish themselves on the contest and take bragging rights against their local rivals. St George FC were the first to have a shot through Jasmine Maguire which was safely held.
The hosts continued to pile up the chances in the opening quarter of the contest. Maguire got her head to a corner but it was tipped over by the Sutherland Shire FA custodian Jasmin Lawler
Next, Jordan Baker put through a wonderful threaded ball which split the Sutherland Shire FA defence which went into the path of Maddison Farmer. She took it first time and it needed to be tipped behind for a corner.
Just after the half hour mark, St George FC opened the scoring. Farmer was right on the spot again, she cleaned up after the Sutherland Shire FA custodian Lawler blocked the first shot into her path and made it 1-0 for St George FC.
Sutherland Shire FA got themselves into good positions in the first half but weren’t able to trouble St George FC keeper Chloe Avgoustou. Striker Violet Keelan was strong down the wing with her pace and caused issues.
Coming out of the break, Sutherland Shire FA were feeling just fine. The visitors registered a shot through Zoe Hart which was gobbled up by Avgoustou. Next Christina Dendrinos took a turn to fire at the goal.
Getting into their groove, Sutherland Shire FA were trying to find the equaliser. Alina Stojcevski snatched the ball from a St George FC defender before she arrowed her shot wide of the post.
The game started to open up for both sides. Morgan Maxwell put in a superb cross which found the head of Farmer but her effort was nodded wide. St George FC were pushing to find a second goal to kill off the contest.
St George FC found their double delight in the 75th minute. The movement was started by substitute Stevie Donougher, who rolled the ball into the path of Farmer whose cross was swept home by Maguire to make it 2-0.
Knowing they needed a goal to get back into the contest, Sutherland Shire FA pushed forward and threw caution to the wind. Isabella Raad had the ball break to her around the box but put it right at Avgoustou who claimed gratefully.
Late in the game, Donougher again got herself involved and tried to add a third goal. She intercepted the ball well and straight it right at Lawler. St George FC saw out the rest of the game and collected the three points today.
Speaking post-match, St George FC coach Mark Cuppit was pleased with his team’s performance in a tough contest and taking their streak to four:
“It was a good hard battle tonight. We took our chances which was the difference in the game really. We knew it was going to be tough against a local rival and now winning four in a row makes up for the recent losing streak for us.” said Cuppit.
For Sutherland Shire FA coach Jon Long, he also was happy with the teams performance against a top team in League One Womens and their progress:
“I was proud of the way they played and the effort they put in. We didn’t have any luck in front of goal but we’re going to keep getting better. We want to finish as high as we can this season and keep improving this season. We gave them a fright and hopefully might knock them off in the return game.” said Long.
Sunday May 22 2022
Fraser Park, Sydenham
Referee: Maggie Price
Assistant Referees: Aaron Bloch and John Garcia
St George FC 2 (Farmer ‘33, Maguire ‘75)
Sutherland Shire FA 0
St George FC: 1. AVGOUSTOU Chloe, 2. BESZ Nicole, 5. MAXWELL Morgan, 9. BAKER Jordan, 12. DALE Kate, 14. MAGUIRE Jasmine (8. BENNETT ‘85), 17. YEATS Zoe (7. LEE ‘85), 19. NELSON Melody (11. DONOUGHER ‘60), 21. NICHOLLS Lara (15. PEZZOTTA ‘60), 23. FARMER Maddison (18. MEADS ‘75), 28. HUTTON Bek
Unused subs: 20. ORPHANIDES Amalia
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Sutherland Shire FA: 1. LAWLER Jasmin, 2. NISBET Genevieve, 7. KEELAN Violet, 8. RAAD Isabella, 12. CODMANI Janan (19. DANN ‘70), 17. STRETTON Jasmine, 22. DENDRINOS Christina, 24. BROWN Ariane, 28. HILLIER Sienna (65. BOWLING ‘55), 32. HART Zoe, 37. STOJCEVSKI Alina (30. HART ‘70)
Unused subs: 15. LECHOWICZ Kira, 40. WOODIN Emma, 58. NEUDEGG Chloe
Yellow cards: Bowling ‘89
Red cards: nil
Blacktown City FC 0 defeated by Central Coast Mariners 2
The Central Coast Mariners kept up their winning ways with a 2-0 win over Blacktown City FC in an even contest on Sunday afternoon.
The yellow-and-navy made it back-to-back successes on Sydney’s west on a cold afternoon. It was a resilient performance from the Mariners which featured goals in either half that helped them secure the three points.
Mariners coach Peter Preston was happy with the result from his team against a dogged Blacktown City FC side which is playing better than their league position. They sit in the top half of the League One Womens table and prime for a chance at the finals.
Blacktown City FC suffered another loss but they battled hard against one of the top teams in the League One Womens competition. Coach David O’Keefe was happy with their work and highlighted Hannah Krausse, Ella Morris and Claire Szymoniczek for good performances.
Northbridge Bulls FC 4 drew with Marconi Stallions 4
Northbridge Bulls FC and Marconi Stallions shared the points in an eight-goal thriller for their 4-4 draw at Northbridge Oval on Sunday afternoon.
It was a game that was wonderful for the spectators but it will leave both coaches pulling their hair out after missing the chance for three points. Both sides sit in seventh and eighth respectively and remain on the outside looking in for the finals.
Northbridge Bulls FC continue to be an enigma side. Tamiers Souza scored another brace to take her tally to an eyewatering 20 for the season. Jessica Seaman and Rita Boateng also found the back of the net in the draw.
For Marconi Stallions, they really wish they could bottle their second half performance and make it a full 90 minute one. Tania Baban fired home a brace for the visitors while Candace Sciberras and Natasha Aitken scored in an entertaining clash.
Hills United FC 3 defeated Inter Lions 1
The good times continue to roll for Hills United FC with their 3-1 win against Inter Lions on Sunday afternoon at Bella Vista Public School.
After their washout last week, Hills United FC operated like a fine-oiled machine once again and took their streak to a baker’s dozen. Coach Alan Tasses was happy with their performance after the break as they controlled the contest.
The goals for Hills United FC went to Isabella Sciberras with a brace and Bianca Galayini chipped in the third goal to take her tally to three for the season. Hills United FC remain unbeaten and the side to beat in the League One Womens competition.
Inter Lions did find a late consolation goal to Natalie Pahor to make it 3-1. The Lions were competitive until the final whistle and showed they will be a spoiler for teams headed into the second half of the League One Womens season.
SD Raiders FC 4 defeated South Coast Flame FC 1
SD Raiders FC were comfortable 4-1 winners against South Coast Flame FC at Wanderers Football Park on Sunday evening.
The hosts took their game to Wanderers Football Park to avoid a washout and put together another good performance. Sarah Mandile was the highlight act for SD Raiders FC with her hat-trick to kickstart her goal campaign.
Their other goal came through Mikala Tucker who slotted home after some solid build up work from Trudy Camilleri in SD Raiders FC first half onslaught. They led 3-1 at the break and were right on course for the three points.
South Coast Flame FC did find a goal in the first half through Jessica Cruickshank to make it 2-1 and give them a brief fightback. The visitors continue to battle hard and Caley Tallon-Henniker was one of their better performers on the night.
Gladesville Ravens 4 defeated Camden Tigers 0
Rounding off the weekend is Gladesville Raven swooping on Camden Tigers in a 4-0 win at Christie Park on Sunday night.
Gladesville Ravens had four different goal scorers in their impressive performance. Georgia Vlangos scored a wonderful free-kick for the opener then the Ravens added three goals in the second half to complete the scoreline.
Anja Seeto, scoresheet fixture Gemma Woolley and Lara Brewis were the goalscorers in that second half blitz. For Woolley it was her 15th goal of the season and it continues the Ravens strong run over the first half of the season.
Camden Tigers put in a better performance this week but were wasteful in the final third against the Ravens tonight. The Tigers coach was happy with the performance but is searching for a full 90 minute performance.
Nepean FC vs UNSW FC & South East Phoenix FC vs Mt Druitt Town Rangers were washed out
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)