Round 22 Preview – League One Women’s
Round 22 in the Football NSW League One Women’s competition shapes up to be another thrilling installment to kick off the run home. We have seven games to enjoy across the weekend which is headlined by Mt Druitt Town Rangers against Blacktown City FC in the Match of the Round. Let’s get onto the preview.
Match of the Round: Mt Druitt Town Rangers vs Blacktown City FC, Sunday 6 August, 3pm, Popondetta Park
Our Match of the Round sees Mt Druitt Town Rangers host Blacktown City FC at Popondetta Park on Sunday afternoon.
Mt Druitt Town Rangers had their chances in their 1-1 draw against Marconi Stallions at Wanderers Football Park last weekend.
Neil Ross will hope to get some troops back for this clash and that will lead them towards picking up three points on Sunday.
One constant for the Town Rangers has been Holly Pender who gave them the lead and will look to find the back of the net again.
Blacktown City FC were beaten by the league leaders Central Coast Mariners 4-0 in their home game at Landen Stadium.
Their sophomore year has already been an improvement for Blacktown City FC and they will look to round off the season with a few more wins.
They will want to take bragging rights in this derby game and will need ‘keeper Kiara Rochaix to produce some quality saves across the game.
This game will be broadcast live on NPL.TV on Sunday afternoon with a new addition to the team, the talented Megan Grew behind the microphone.
South Coast Flame FC vs Inter Lions, Saturday 5 August, 3:15pm, Sir Ian McLennan Park
We kick off the weekend with South Coast Flame FC against Inter Lions at Sir Ian McLennan Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Flame were in fine form in demolishing South East Phoenix FC in their 7-1-win last Saturday night on the South Coast.
Emily Kostovski has become a valuable part of the Flame’s attack with three goals in the last fortnight and looking to add to her tally this weekend.
They remain in the hunt for the top four and they will need to stack up results headed into the end of the season to continue that dream.
Inter Lions will want to forget about their last game which was a thumping by the title chasing UNSW FC side at home.
They face a tough challenge against South Coast Flame FC at home. Inter Lions have shown that they can dust themselves off quickly.
St George FC vs Nepean FC, Sunday 6 August, 3pm, Ilinden Sports Centre
St George FC welcome finals chasing Nepean FC down to Ilinden Sports Centre for their game on Sunday afternoon.
The Saints kept up their good form with a 3-2 win over SD Raiders FC in their clash at Ernie Smith Reserve last weekend.
St George FC hold an eight point advantage on the chasing pack and a win on Sunday afternoon will go a long way to secure their top four spot.
Their attack has clicked into gear in recent weeks through the combination between Kyla Vanderlaan and Jordan Baker which is ready to fire again.
Nepean FC underlined the youthful nature of their squad in their 2-0 loss to Sutherland Shire FA in the Match of the Round.
Ben Gough’s team had their recent streak snapped and will be keen to get back in the winner’s circle and put pressure on the top four.
They have the firepower up top between Ella Joyce and Maria Serrant to find the back of the net alongside the work of Olivia De La Harpe down the wings.
UNSW FC vs Camden Tigers, Sunday 6 August, 3pm, The Village Green
Second place UNSW FC face off against Camden Tigers in an important game at The Village Green on Sunday afternoon.
The students were in fine form with their double digit win over Inter Lions which kept up their League One Women’s title hopes.
It was a welcome return for Amanda Levaskevich. She came off the bench to score twice and add another bow to their attacking arsenal.
They will want to continue their strong form with another three points before the run home starts in earnest.
Camden Tigers were gallant in their 3-1 defeat to third place Hills United FC at their home ground of Ron Dine Reserve.
The Tigers will look to have a positive end to the campaign and keep themselves off the foot of the League One Women’s ladder.
Marconi Stallions vs Sutherland Shire FA, Sunday 6 August, 3pm, Harrie Denning Centre
Marconi Stallions welcome Sutherland Shire FA to Harrie Denning Centre for their game on Sunday afternoon.
The Stallions had a strong performance in their 1-1 draw against Mt Druitt Town Rangers last weekend in Rooty Hill.
Marconi Stallions have shown in their back-to-back draws they aren’t a pushover side and will make sides work for the three points.
Yoshimi Miki put together another strong work between the sticks and has shown herself to be adept at combating one-on-one threats.
Sutherland Shire FA rebounded with their 2-0 Match of the Round win over Nepean FC down at Cook Park.
Captain Genevieve Nisbet played a leading role in the win with the opener and will hope to spur the side to another three points.
They will target a top half finish in the League One Women’s competition after their strong form through the middle of the season.
Hills United FC vs South East Phoenix FC, Sunday 6 August, 3:45pm, Bella Vista Public School
Hills United FC will take on South East Phoenix FC in their game at Bella Vista Public School on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts got themselves back in the winner’s circle with their 3-1 win over Camden Tigers in their travels to the south-west.
They found the back of the net again which pleased Alan Tasses and hope the result lead to an uptick in their form headed towards the end of the season.
These two played in the Match of the Round back in Round 14 with Hills United FC winning 7-1 and the hosts will look for a similar result on Sunday.
South East Phoenix FC toiled away in their 7-1 loss to South Coast Flame FC in their game on Saturday night.
The visitors have kept up a positive spirit this season despite their recent results which will hold them in good stead to pick up points in the last few weeks.
Central Coast Mariners vs SD Raiders FC, Sunday 6 August, 5pm, Pluim Park
Rounding off the weekend is leaders Central Coast Mariners hosting SD Raiders FC at Pluim Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Mariners bounced back with a comfortable win over Blacktown City FC in their travels to Landen Stadium.
League One Women’s top goal scorer Chloe Smith got a brace in the win and looks to add to her lead at the top of the table this weekend.
Bolstering their line-up is the return of keeper Kiara Fontanilla after being at the World Cup with the Philippines which will give them an added boost in their title hopes.
SD Raiders FC had their recent winning streak snapped in a pulsating game against St George FC down at Ernie Smith Reserve.
The visitors will want to get back in the winner’s circle and finish off the final few weeks on a high to build on for 2024.
They have unearthed some good talent this season including goal scorer Isabella Sultan whose combination with Abuk Nyor has been vital to their success.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)