Round 5 Review – League One Women’s
The long weekend brought a great round of Football NSW League One Womens football which spanned three days and provided some exciting games.
In Round 5, Sutherland Shire FA, Hills United FC, Central Coast Mariners, Nepean FC, Mt Druitt Town Rangers and UNSW FC all took the chocolates on the Easter weekend.
Let’s get onto the review.
Match of the Round: St George FC 1 defeated Sutherland Shire FA 4
Sutherland Shire FA won 4-1 in a spirited local derby over St George FC at Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon.
It was Sutherland Shire FA’s first win of the 2023 season, and they did it in style. Violet Keelan starred with a brace in the first half. Alina Stojcevski and a wonder goal from Janan Codmani finished off the win for the visitors.
Sutherland Shire FA started brighter and had the ball in the back of the net in the first five minutes. Ariane Brown put in a cross for Violet Keelan to tap home for 1-0.
The visitors continued to push forward and went close to a second. Another cross from wide found Keelan whose initial shot was saved then Angelina Mastoris’ follow up fizzed wide.
St George FC eventually settled as Caitlin Campbell floated in a cross which found the head of Jordan Baker who nodded wide.
Sutherland Shire FA doubled their advantage in the 42nd minute. Once again, Keelan broke through and poked the ball past the keeper and into the net for 2-0.
St George FC did pull a goal back just before half-time. Kyla Vanderlaan with some good work on the right sent in a cross which was turned home by a Sutherland Shire FA defender for 2-1.
Coming out of the break, both teams felt just fine.
Campbell tried to get St George FC level again from a set piece. She stood over a free-kick which floated over the bar aided by the gusty conditions.
St George FC kept pushing for the equaliser through stalwart Jordan Baker. Through some industrious work on the left, the striker found room but whipped an effort wide of the mark.
The visitors made St George pay for missing their half chances with their third goal. Stojcevski found a small pocket of space and her low drive went into the bottom corner for 3-1.
Trying to respond immediately, Campbell had another free-kick opportunity. She played it short to Baker whose shot flew over the bar.
St George FC kept pushing for another goal with Vanderlaan heading wide then Baker had another shot which was easily taken by Sutherland Shire FA keeper Jasmin Lawler.
Sutherland Shire FA put the icing on the local derby win with their fourth goal. Janan Codmani spied St George FC keeper Alexandra Hinson off her line and chipped the ball into the net for 4-1.
Speaking post-match St George FC coach Mark Greenfield remained optimistic about his side despite the defeat as they had their chances.
“I thought we played really well but a few mistakes were punished. You can’t make any mistakes in this league as teams will make you pay. We played well and dominated possession and will have to go back to the drawing board.” said Greenfield.
While Sutherland Shire FA coach Jon Long was delighted for the team as they notched up their first win in 2023.
“It was nice to get the win in the local derby.
“There is a lot of feeling in these games with players having played for both.
“It was also nice to score some goals after missing so many chances last week and it gets us back on track for the semi-finals. Today was a big game after three draws which we should’ve won and give us a springboard for next week.” said Long.
Sunday 9 April 2023
Ilinden Sports Centre, Rockdale
St George FC 1 (OG ‘44)
Sutherland Shire FA 4 (Keelan ‘5, ‘42, Stojcevski ‘59, Codmani ‘82)
St George FC: 1. Alexandra Hinson, 2. Joanna Minas (8. Abbey-Rose Cryer ‘29), 3. Kate Dale, 4. Nicole Besz, 6. Georgia Manos (18. Jaslyn Moore ‘45), 9. Jordan Baker, 10. Morgan Maxwell, 11. Kyla Vanderlaan, 16. Emma-Jade Winston, 20. Caitlin Campbell, 26. Capri Tuffy
Unused subs: 21. Amy Orphanides, 22. Rebecca Cousins, 29. Maiya Perdikaris, 42. Dina Kamoun
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Sutherland Shire FA: 2. Genevieve Nisbet, 4. Angelina Mastoris, 5. Ariane Brown (32. Tahli Fowler ‘61), 6. Jasmine Stretton, 7. Violet Keelan, 8. Isabella Raad, 9. Alina Stojcevski (13. Ella Boes ‘86), 10. Janan Codmani (17. Sarah Waser ‘86), 11. Christina Dendrinos (15. Valentina Alvarez ‘85), 24. Ruby Hart (3. Zoe Hart ‘45), 31. Jasmin Lawler
Unused subs: 36. Ellie Campbell
Yellow cards: Mastoris
Red cards: nil
South Coast Flame FC 1 drew with SD Raiders FC 1
Our lone Saturday fixture saw South Coast Flame FC and SD Raiders FC share the points in a 1-1 draw at Sir Ian McLennan Park.
South Coast Flame FC spurred on by their huge win last week scored the first goal of the game just after half-time. Bronte Trew found the back of the net again, for her sixth goal of the season.
SD Raiders FC showed resilience and equalised through Abigail Boag in the 70th minute to earn a point. The visitors did have to ride out a late storm when Layne Knight saw red after her second yellow card and came home with a precious point.
Mt Druitt Town Rangers 1 defeated Camden Tigers 0
Mt Druitt Town Rangers left it late in their 1-0 win over Camden Tigers at Popondetta Park on a bright Sunday afternoon.
The hosts picked up their second win of the season, their first one on their home ground of Popondetta Park.
The hosts dominated the game but were wasteful in front of goal.
Mt Druitt’s winner came from the spot. Defender Holly Williams strode into the box and was fouled in stoppage time. She stepped up and dispatched her spot kick to earn her side the three points.
South East Phoenix FC 1 defeated by UNSW FC 6
UNSW FC were comfortable 6-1 winners over South East Phoenix down at South Nowra Football Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Sarah Ferris got the party started in the second minute before Amanda Levaskevich and Hannah Charak both found the back of the net in the first half. Cassandra Christopher, Margaux Montegut and Sonja Murphy rounded out the scoring for the visitors.
For South East Phoenix FC, they started slow and were never able to recover from the pair of goals they suffered in the first ten minutes. They did find some consolation in the second half through Amanda Carney which made it 4-1.
Blacktown City 0 defeated by vs Nepean FC 5
Local bragging rights went to Nepean FC in their 5-0 win over Blacktown City FC at Landen Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Nepean FC put on a five-star performance and notched up their second win of the season. The visitors strode out to a 2-0 lead at half-time with goals from top scorer Bronte Connolly and Ella Goodwin.
They kept finding the back of the net in the second half with substitutes Jamaica Marshall and a double from Ella Joyce.
The only blemish was a first half red card to Melina Manna for a scuffle.
It was an afternoon to forget for Blacktown City FC. Alyse-May Mccutcheon was the other player to see red in the first half altercation, but the hosts battled hard until they conceded some late goals which blew out the score line.
Marconi Stallions 1 defeated by Central Coast Mariners 3
Central Coast Mariners recorded a 3-1 win over a gallant Marconi Stallions team at Wanderers Football Park on Monday afternoon.
The Mariners were stung by an early goal but quickly settled to take a 2-1 lead into half-time. Chloe Smith was the star of the show bagging a hat-trick in what was a five star performance by the ace attacker.
Marconi Stallions opened the scoring through Lauren Featherstone who was playing as a striker and notched her second goal of the season. Despite the loss, Andy Severin praised captain Emma Voloder who was solid at the back.
Inter Lions 0 defeated by Hills United FC 9
Hills United FC laid down a marker with a crushing 9-0 win over Inter Lions down at Majors Bay Reserve on Monday afternoon.
Ellen Berios led the way for the visitors with a hat-trick to get her season going.
Both Bianca Galayini and Brooklyn Meredith poached doubles in the result while Stefanie Trovato fired home the opening goal in the huge result. Imogen Lane was the other scorer in a result Alen Tasses remarked was their best thus far.
Inter Lions suffered their biggest defeat of the season but remained positive throughout. Coach Jonathan Webb was upbeat post-match saying that there would be speed bumps along the road for his side this season.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)