Round 15 Preview – League One Women’s


Round 15 in the Football NSW League One Women’s competition offers up another weekend of intriguing action as teams compete for the top four.

There are seven games to run the rule over this weekend and it is highlighted by the Match of the Round between Marconi Stallions and South Coast Flame FC.

Let’s get onto the preview.

Match of the Round: Marconi Stallions vs South Coast Flame FC, Sunday 9 June, 3pm, Marconi Stadium

Marconi Stallions take on South Coast Flame FC down at Marconi Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Stallions take a three game unbeaten streak into this game and keen to make it four on the bounce.

Key to that uptick in form, has been a resolute defence which has seen them only concede once in the last month.

Up front, they will look towards Tania Baban and Charmaine Marquinez to find the back of the net and keep the run going.

South Coast Flame FC returned to the winner’s circle with a 3-2 win against Inter Lions FC away from home.

Coach Daniel Naumovski hopes that result might spark a run of form to get South Coast Flame FC back into the top four race.

Paula Mitchell has been a consistent figure for the Flame with her goals and they will need her on form on Sunday.

This game will be streamed on the Football NSW YouTube under the LIVE tab with ‘The Professor’ Mel Muscat behind the microphone for this clash.

Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC vs Sutherland Strikers FC, Sunday 9 June, 3pm, Popondetta Park

Mt Druitt Town Rangers face off against Sutherland Strikers FC down at Popondetta Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Town Rangers just keep pushing towards a top two finish after their 2-0 win against St George FC last weekend.

They will look to keep picking up results and putting pressure on Hills United FC for the League One Women’s title.

Leading the charge for the Town Rangers is captain Leena Khamis who fired home twice in their seventh straight win.

Sutherland Strikers FC put up a valiant effort in their 4-0 defeat to Bankstown City Lions FC in the Match of the Round.

One positive to come from the game was the debut of Tori Tumeth who integrated herself into the team quickly with her efforts.

The combination between Georgie Lewis and Gemma Woolley up front will be key to them causing an upset against the Town Rangers side.

Camden Tigers FC vs St George FC, Sunday 9 June, 3pm, Ron Dine Reserve

Camden Tigers host St George FC in their game down at the Ron Dine Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers took a lead before they were beaten 2-1 by SD Raiders FC on their home turf last weekend.

A shining light in the defeat for Camden Tigers was the impressive performance from Eve Wilson against a top side.

Lisa Fressard found the back of the net in the defeat and she remains the Tigers best threat going forward.

St George FC suffered back-to-back defeats after their 2-0 loss to Mt Druitt Town Rangers last weekend.

Recent results have put a dent in their chances of defending their championship so picking up three points is vital for the Saints.

Caitlin Russell made her starting debut for St George FC in the defeat and she will look to keep a clean sheet on Sunday.

SD Raiders FC vs South East Phoenix FC, Sunday 9 June, 3:30pm, Cirillo Reserve

SD Raiders FC face off against South East Phoenix FC down at Cirillo Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts dug deep to record a 2-1 win against Camden Tigers at Ron Dine Reserve last weekend.

Madeliene Malone made her starting debut for the club in the result after moving over from Macarthur Rams FC in the mid-season window.

SD Raiders FC have only conceded nine goals all season and custodian Natasha Pentecost has been a big factor in that through the first half of the season.

South East Phoenix FC were beaten 8-0 by league leaders Hills United FC at South Nowra Football Complex last Sunday.

The Phoenix side will look to brush off that defeat and put up a solid performance against another top side.

Hills United FC vs Inter Lions FC, Sunday 9 June, 3:45pm, Bella Vista Public School

Hills United FC welcome Inter Lions FC to Bella Vista Public School for their game on Sunday afternoon.

The top place side will charge into this game after their 8-0 win over South East Phoenix FC down in Nowra.

Isabella Sciberras is flying at the moment. She sits second in the goal scoring charts with 15 goals through 14 rounds.

Inter Lions FC put up an impressive rearguard but fell to a 3-2 loss to South Coast Flame FC at Majors Bay Reserve.

Caitlin Webster scored her first goal of the season in the close defeat and aims to find the back of the net again on Sunday.

Alongside her, Alicia Lee has shown a goal scoring touch which they will need against the league’s best defence.

Blacktown City FC vs Central Coast Mariners FC, Sunday 9 June, 4pm, Landen Stadium

Blacktown City FC face off against Central Coast Mariners FC at Landen Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts had their Match of the Round fixture against Nepean FC washed out due to the wet weather in Sydney.

Blacktown City FC will still be buoyed by their huge win the week before and use this game as a chance to move into the top half of the League One Women’s ladder.

Eloise Hansen has been a strong leader up front for Blacktown City FC and she looks to add to her five goals for the campaign.

Central Coast Mariners were the other fixture that was washed out after their clash against Marconi Stallions will be rescheduled.

The Mariners face a pile up of fixtures with wet weather plaguing them this season so they will need to keep the squad fresh in the next few weeks.

There are plenty of options for the yellow-and-navy including Iona Snape who has scored in bac-to-back wins for the club.

Bankstown City Lions FC vs Nepean FC, Sunday 9 June, 5:30pm, Jensen Park

Rounding off the weekend is Bankstown City Lions FC hosting Nepean FC at Jensen Park on Sunday night.

The Lions head into this game off a 4-0 win against Sutherland Strikers FC in the Match of the Round last weekend.

Aya Seino underlined her goal scoring threat with another two goals and the striker is a threat from anywhere on the park.

Bankstown City Lions FC also carry a huge set piece threat which is something that Nepean FC has to watch out for.

Nepean FC will be refreshed after their game against Blacktown City FC was washed out last weekend.

It will be a big game for their defense to hold up against the potent Lions attack which might mean a big game for custodian Jemica Artillaga.

Coach Joseph Ellul might look to look to this second half of the season to pick up some results and move up the ladder.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)