Round 8 Review – League One Women’s


Round 8 in the Football NSW League One Women’s competition was one where the top sides in the league flexed their muscles and continued their strong starts in a smorgasbord of football across the weekend.

Let’s get onto the review.

Match of the Round: Hills United FC 5 defeated Camden Tigers FC 0

Hills United FC were 5-0 winners over Camden Tigers FC at Landen Stadium on Sunday night in this week’s Match of the Round.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 30th minute through Imogen Lane before Isabella Sciberras added a second to give them a 2-0 lead at the break. Brooke Hastie headed home from a corner then substitute Brooklyn Meredith tapped home before Sciberras got her second of the night.

Camden Tigers worked hard and battled but were beaten in this contest. They had a few chances through Samantha Cefai but were unable to challenge the Hills United FC custodian Sarah Easthope.

It was football under the lights on Sunday night between Hills United FC and Camden Tigers FC when they strode onto the Landen Stadium.

Hills United FC started the match on the front foot. The hosts had a series of shots in the opening five minutes which went wide or straight to Camden Tigers keeper Zarli Lakeman.

Brooke Hastie had the first big opportunity for Hills United FC. Her free-kick was just outside the box but she curled it wide of the mark.

Hills United FC continued to hold the ball for much of the contest. Aisling Davidson had a shot from range which floated over the bar.

Isabella Sciberras was involved in all of Hills United FC’s work in the first half. She combined well with Juri Hiragawara for the latter to bend her effort wide.

The dominance from Hills United FC paid off on the half hour mark. Sciberras worked the cutback well for Imogen Lane to curl home for 1-0.

It was double delight for Hills United FC shortly after. Sciberras picked the pocket of a Camden Tigers defender and rolled the ball home to make it 2-0 for the hosts.

Camden Tigers worked their way into the contest and had the final chance of the half. Top scorer Samantha Cefai had an effort captured well by Hills United FC keeper Sarah Easthope.

Coming out of the break, Hills United FC looked to stretch their advantage. Lane worked into some space and shot it right at Lakeman.

The Tigers almost pulled a goal back from some industrious work. The ball pinballed in the area before Cefai put her effort on target.

Hills United FC pressed forward again looking for their third. Another cross from the right saw Lane thump her header wide of the mark.

The hosts did make it 3-0 from a set piece. Sciberras swung in the corner which found the head of Brooke Hastie to nod home.

They added a fourth in the 84th minute. Substitute Brooklyn Meredith had the simplest of tap ins after a superb pass from Lane which made it 4-0 for Hills United FC.

Hills United FC rounded out the game with a fifth goal in stoppage time. Sciberras swept home from close range to make it 5-0 and her second goal of the game.

Post match, Hills United FC coach Alan Tasses was delighted with the effort from his side and the goals they were able to score in this game.

“I think the difference tonight was that we created well.

“The girls were much more composed in the final third which showed in the score line.

“We played good football and connected well then set up the goals well with some tap ins which is wonderful.”

For Camden Tigers FC coach Troy Witton, he reflected on the result which saw the side battle hard but fell to another defeat.

“It was a lot better than the last three weeks, we kept the ball a bit better.

“There were a few bad goals which we gave away but that is the way our season is going.

“We work hard then concede soft goals but we have a game on Wednesday to turn it around but it’s frustrating.”

Match Stats

Sunday 29 April 2023

Landen Stadium, Seven Hills

Hills United FC 5 (Lane ‘29, Sciberras ‘36, Hastie ‘70, Meredith ‘84, Sciberras ’90+2)

Camden Tigers 0

Hills United FC: 1. Sarah Easthope, 2. Emma Jackson (15. Cassandra Wheeler ‘80), 3. Aisling Davidson, 5. Shailee Bartle (4. Leah Tallon ‘73), 6. Brooke Hastie, 8. Bella Donaldson (19. Alyssa Janssen ‘73), 9. Imogen Lane, 11. Isabella Sciberras, 14. Ellen Berios (10. Bianca Galayini ‘56), 17. Chantelle Trovato, 40. Juri Hiragawara (21. Brooklyn Meredith ‘80)

Unused subs: 16. Bridget Brien

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Camden Tigers: 2. Charlotte O’Flynn (7. Eve Wilson ‘84), 6. Ashlee Taff, 11. Kristy Rohrer (10. Jade Constance ‘56), 12. Klara Vuckovic, 15. Elika Halim (14. Charlotte Wilson ‘68), 16. Merryn Clarke, 19. Samantha Cefai, 20. Katelyn Biffin, 21. Jessica Michalak (Charlotte Taylor ‘74), 29. Claire Witton, 31. Zarli Lakeman

Unused subs: 33. Emilia Michalak

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

St George FC 2 defeated SD Raiders FC 0

St George FC handed SD Raiders FC their first loss of the 2023 season with a 2-0 win at Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon.

That makes three positive results on the spin for St George FC after their slow start to the League One Womens campaign.

Abbey-Rose Cryer opened the scoring in the first half before Mary Moyo doubled their delight in the 76th minute.

SD Raiders FC will be disappointed to have their unbeaten start to the season snapped in such fashion but they do remain in the top half of the ladder.

Central Coast Mariners 2 defeated Blacktown City FC 0

Central Coast Mariners bounced back to the winners circle with a 2-0 win over Blacktown City FC at Pluim Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Mariners were hungry to avenge their defeat to UNSW FC last week and were in fine form on their home patch.

Kaya Hawkinson got her first goal of the season to open the game before Annalise Rasmussen doubled their advantage on the hour mark.

Blacktown City FC had one of their best first half performances of the season but weren’t able to capture the big moments of the game. David O’Keefe paid tribute to his midfield stars of Cameron Janssen, Ella Morris and Emma Ingerson for their work rate.

UNSW FC 5 defeated Inter Lions 2

Competition league leaders UNSW FC won 5-2 over a gallant Inter Lions side at The Village Green on Sunday afternoon.

UNSW FC were bright from the outset of the contest. Amanda Levaskevich scored in the first four minutes before she completed her brace six minutes later. The students had an own goal which made it 3-1 at the break.

Hayley Marshall was also at the double for UNSW FC. She scored both goals in the second half coming off the bench in the 54th minute and making an immediate impact.

Inter Lions were gallant in defeat against the top side in the division. They pulled a goal back in the 31st minute via Riley Dennis to bring life back into the game. Mia Micalizzi added a late consolation goal for the Lions to round out the scoring.

Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC 1 drew with Marconi Stallions 1

The points were shared in a 1-1 draw between Mt Druitt Town Rangers and Marconi Stallions at Wanderers Football Park on Sunday afternoon.

Mt Druitt Town Rangers will take a point but felt like it was two points dropped in this game.

Holly Pender gave them the lead just before half-time from a set piece but they succumbed to injuries and a late equaliser from the visitors.

For Marconi Stallions, that is back-to-backs draws for the club.

Sania Sahib rescued the point with her late goal which would have felt sweet against her old club. Daniela Brekic was another strong performer for the Stallions.

South East Phoenix FC 1 defeated by South Coast Flame FC 9

South Coast Flame FC thumped South East Phoenix FC 9-1 in their game at South Nowra Football Complex on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors were clinical in front of goal and added to their goal difference. Bronte Trew shot to the top of the League One Womens Golden Boot tally after her hat-trick in the result which included the opening goal of the one-sided result.

Kellie McIntyre was the other goal scorer in the first half for Flame which gave them a 3-0 lead at the break. Emily Kotevski and Cristina Barraza both scored braces while Lulu Lozano rounded out the scoring.

South East Phoenix FC started the game fast with chances were hit well on the counter by the Flame in the first half. They did pull a goal back through Amanda Carney to make it 3-1 before conceding some late goals to blow out the score line.

Sutherland Shire FA 0 drew with Nepean FC 0

Rounding out the weekend was a 0-0 draw between Sutherland Shire FA and Nepean FC at Seymour Shaw on Sunday night.

Sutherland Shire FA were left frustrated with the result which snaps their three game win streak and leaves them outside the top four. The hosts had enough chances to win the game but were unable to find a way past Chloe Carmichael.

Nepean FC will be glad to bank another point after their heavy defeat last week. The visitors were set up well and made it tough for Sutherland Shire FA to break through giving them their second clean sheet of the season.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)