Round 7 Review – NPL 2 NSW Women’s

The Easter weekend brought a bounty of goals, drama and six more editions of National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s action that played out across two days of the long weekend.

This weekend saw the gap between the top two and the rest widen but the race for the rest of the spots is hotly contest.

Let’s get onto the review.

Match of the Round

Nepean FC vs Western NSW Mariners

The frustration continues for Nepean.

They were held to a 1-1 draw against a tough Western NSW Mariners side on a hot afternoon at Cook Park for this weekend’s Match of the Round.

Nepean FC have more draws than an IKEA desk with this result their third shared points of the season. Finishing remains an issue, as after Brittney Pelle equalised in the second half, they battered the woodwork but couldn’t find a way past the stubborn Mariners defense.

For Western NSW Mariners, this result represented progress. Anna Hunt picked up her fourth goal of the season, but the visitors were made to work hard in a tense second half, and as coach Josh Ward echoed in the post-match, this is a game the Mariners would’ve lost last season. This year, it was a point and they stay steady in the top five.

In the hot conditions, the contest took some time to get going. Both sides battled hard in the midfield for control. The Mariners settled first, taking the lead 1-nil in the 20th minute through youngster Anna Hunt to gut punch the home side.

Looking to respond immediately, Stefanie Trovato found a pocket of space for Nepean FC, the striker wrapped her effort against the post then winger Britney Pelle made a surging run down the wing before the effort went untouched across the area.

Western NSW Mariners continued to frustrate the home side, with some wonderful defense from Brydie Comiskey and Poorsha McPhillamy denied Nepean FC space before the latter had to leave the contest through injury.

Coming out for the second half, Nepean FC were quicker to the ball and positive in their play. Trovato picked the ball up again, inside the box but shot high. Much of the play went through young attacker Imogen Lane, who played as the outlet for Nepean FC in the second half.

Following up her two shots, Trovato turned provider for the equaliser after the hour mark. She flicked the ball over her head into the path of both Lane and Pelle, in the scramble, the latter tapped home for 1-1.

Nepean FC’s intensity and urgency ramped up in search of a winner. The home side started to dominate the midfield, regularly snatching the ball off Mariners defenders. Trovato looked to have found the second but her chipped effort was chalked off.

Substitute Bianca Galayini got into the act next, snatching at a chance from their renewed Nepean press as the traffic started to flow one way. Coach Alan Tasses urged his Nepean side to keep their effort up to avoid a third straight draw.

Pelle was the brightest spark for Nepean FC this afternoon. She surged into the area before she cracked an effort against the post then another substitute, Lauren Gaul headed over.

Captain Desiree Vassallo was the vocal heartbeat of the Nepean attack in the second half, and the defender rose highest to a corner 79th minute which was cleared then Jessica Elliott’s follow up volley was claimed.

The Mariners had a pair of chances just inside the 80th minute mark where they could’ve snatched the game. Teegan Courtney stormed down the right before a header whizzed over the head of Hunt. Next, the youngster broke the trap, cleared the Nepean FC keeper but was denied by the post then Vassallo.

Headed into the dying embers of the contest, Nepean FC tried to push forward again, Galayini swept an effort wide in their best chance, as the points were shared on a warm afternoon.

Speaking afterwards, Nepean boss Tasses remained frustrated at their inability to finish off contests but remained proud of their second half performance to dominate the contest.

“We created enough chances to win three games today – hit the woodwork several times. You can’t drop points in games like this after sticking it to APIA and Sutherland. Today was very frustrating, especially that first half.” said Tasses.

“Like anything, this has become a habit which we have to break. In patches we looked good today but again, it was that in patches. We have to be better than that if we are to make semi-finals this season in this competition.”

For Mariners coach Josh Ward, today was progress. His side would’ve lost that contest last season, now they have built up a strong platform and hopefully, can use this to take them to finals football.

“Conditions were tough out there today. The girls did well. I’ll take a draw away from home. We lost [Poorsha] McPhillamy who is the spine of our side which didn’t help. We could’ve stolen it at the end there as well.

“I think the draw was a fair result after losing a few players in that second half. This year we have started to pick up points away from home, in games that last season, we would’ve lost. Now, we gear up for a big game against Marconi in Bathurst.”

Match Stats

Monday 22 April 2019

Cook Park, St Marys

Referee: Darwy Ioanou

Assistant Referees: Declan Cotter & Emily Payne

Nepean FC 1 (Pelle ‘63)

Western NSW Mariners 1 (Hunt ‘20)

Nepean FC: 1. MALAS Narmin, 2. JACKSON Emma (15. WHEELER ‘45), 3. DAVIDSON Aisling, 4. ELLIOTT Jessica, 5. HANSEN Janie, 7. TROVATO Stefanie, 8. LANE Imogen (14. GAUL ‘76), 9. PELLE Britney, 12. WADDELL Alix (10. GALAYINI ‘55), 13. VASSALLO Desiree, 22. WHOLOHAN Emma (6. WHITEMAN ‘45)

Unused subs: 20. SEGAVCIC Kelly

Yellow cards: Trovato

Red cards: nil

Western NSW Mariners: 3. COLMAN Sarah, 4. COMPTON Molly, 5. MORRIS Sarah, 6. MURPHY Taylah (2. HAWES ‘44), 7. KILBY Larissa, 8. MCPHILLAMY Poorsha (28. KILBY ‘67), 9. COMISKEY Brydie, 10. COURTNEY Teegan, 11. HUNT Anna, 13. PASCAL Berry, 15. SELMES Chloe (14. UPTON ‘80)

Unused subs: 1. DAYMOND Jessica

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Central Coast Mariners 0 defeated by Sutherland Shire FA 1

Sutherland Shire FA took the chocolates in the only contest played on Easter Sunday as they downed Central Coast Mariners, 1-nil, at Pluim Park.

The visitors scored the lone goal through Jasmine Stretton in a tight contest that saw both teams trade chances on a bright afternoon on the Central Coast. For Sutherland Shire FA, it takes their unbeaten streak to seven.

For the Mariners, they worked hard against one of the competition’s top sides but they weren’t able to find the vital breakthrough, making it two games without a goal now. Between the sticks, Rhiannon Hines, has been tough to beat against both Ravens and Shire FA.

Marconi Stallions 2 defeated by SD Raiders FC 3

It was goals by the gallon Monday afternoon at Marconi, as SD Raiders FC triumphed 3-2, making it four straight victories for the south-west side against local rivals Marconi Stallions.

SD Raiders FC third straight victory moves them into third in the National Premier Leagues 2 Womens ladder after their mid-week success against Inter Lions. Today, they raced into a 2-nil lead and held onto it through the first 45 minutes.

The home side came out reinvigorated in the second half, Jessica Beale and Jasmin Courtenay found the back of the net as their two-game win streak was snapped by their nearest neighbours. They have a mid-week catch up against Nepean FC to help them rebound.

For SD Raiders FC, they have steadied the ship after their inconsistent first month. Coach Terry Gray has them playing some positive football and sitting sandwiched between some of the more fancied sides in the competition.

Southern Branch FC 3 defeated Inter Lions FC 1

Putting together their best display of the season, Southern Branch FC secured their second victory of the season, 3-1, against a gallant Inter Lions side Monday afternoon at South Nowra Football Complex.

Picking up their second win of the season came through a vintage display from Shaylee Meehan. Southern Branch’s poacher nailed home a brace herself then added an assist when her partner in crime, Matilda Potter tapped home in the second half.

Helping the home side to their victory was impressive performances again from Meredith Cheyne, Jazmin Douglas and youngster Bronte Wright as Southern Branch FC moved into tenth position on the NPL2 Womens ladder.

Inter Lions remain one of two sides still without a victory but they did find the back of the net to avoid the egg on the Easter long weekend. Natalie Hardas scored in the second half, opening her account for the season.

St George FC 0 defeated by Gladesville Ravens 6

Gladesville Ravens resurrected their goalscoring form as they thumped St George FC, 6-nil, on a warm afternoon at St George Stadium on Monday.

It was a first half blitz from the visitors. Five of their goals were netted in the first 45, as Yume Kashima had a first-class display with her hat-trick, taking her tally to five goals for the season, as the Ravens restored their position at the top.

Emily Diaz added another goal to her stellar start to the season with Carlie Ikonomou also scored in the first half barrage. Kasia Wojtowicz made it half a dozen in the 53rd minute as the Ravens strolled to their sixth win of the season.

UNSW FC 0 defeated by APIA Leichhardt Tigers 4

APIA Leichhardt Tigers roll on, putting four past UNSW FC in a standard display to round off the Easter Monday fixtures, winning 4-nil at Valentine Sports Park #3.

The result puts them in fourth position, as APIA made it back-to-back successes for the second time this season. APIA scored twice in either half as they put away UNSW FC with ease. Georgia Bridges opened the scoring from an Ash Palombi cutback.

Palombi took her season total into double figures with a goal of the season contender. The striker controlled the ball from the edge of the box before she thrashed the ball into the top corner of the goal for 2-nil at the break.

The visitors added a precise counter attack goal finished by Logan Garard after Lucy Gilfedder broke from a corner. Jessica Fallah returned from injury to find the back of the net for their fourth.

Afterwards APIA coach Matt Constantini jokingly added that some team might feel the brunt of their attack on the scoresheet if they can find their shooting boots.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)

Source FNSW Website

Round 8 Review – NPL 2 NSW Men’s

The Easter weekend saw a typically feisty round of games in the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Men’s competition, with a couple of strikers who can’t stop scoring, as well as plenty of late drama.

Match of the Round: Central Coast Mariners FC vs Macarthur Rams FC

Central Coast Mariners moved into fifth place on Sunday afternoon after a convincing 4-0 victory over Macarthur Rams at Pluim Park.

Dylan Ruiz-Diaz led the way with a hat trick, with Peter Kekeris adding a goal from the penalty spot. The win means that the Mariners are now unbeaten in their last three games.

The first chance of the game fell to Central Coast midfielder Bilal Belkadi, with his volley going wide of the goal.

Ruiz-Diaz then showed great skill to beat two defenders, before fizzing a ball across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.

Macarthur’s first real opportunity came the way of Craig Cooley after he gained possession 25 yards out, but he was unable to hit the target.

As the game began to open up, the deadlock was broken ten minutes before the interval. Ruiz-Diaz was fouled 30 yards out from goal and he made the Rams pay, curling a brilliant free kick over the wall and into the top corner.

Ruiz-Diaz then almost doubled his tally for the afternoon a couple of minutes later, with his left footed drive going just past the post.

The Mariners kept the pressure on, and neat interplay between Charles William and Joshua Nisbet saw William’s shot blocked. In the resulting scramble a Nisbet header trickled agonisingly wide.

Ruiz-Diaz continued to be a thorn in Macarthur’s side after the break, and he almost scored a contender for Goal of the Season, dribbling past three defenders and smacking a shot off the post.

There was some individual brilliance at the other end as well, and the outstretched leg of Central Coast goalkeeper Aidan Munford was the only thing preventing the Rams from drawing level after Clement Ebahece Waoci had tricked his way past three opponents.

Munford’s save would prove vital as the Mariners doubled their lead on the hour mark. Jordan Smylie won a penalty after being tripped by Michael Stojanovski, and Kekeris kept his composure, slamming the spot kick into the bottom corner.

After a scrappy period with little to speak of in terms of goalmouth action, a third Central Coast goal meant there was no chance of Macarthur hopes being resurrected.

Belkadi started the move, releasing substitute Michael Katsoulis on the right side. Rams goalkeeper Jacob Madden was able to parry the shot from Katsoulis, however Ruiz-Diaz was in the right place to double his tally for the afternoon.

Ruiz-Diaz then thought he had completed his hat trick a few minutes later after finishing from a Katsoulis cross, but the flag went up for offside.

Despite a late send off for Mariners defender Lewis Miller after a second bookable offence, as well as a flurry of Macarthur set pieces, the yellow & navy were comfortable, and there was even time for Ruiz-Diaz to get his third of the game.

Jordan Smylie was key in the buildup, evading two defenders before finding Ruiz-Diaz, who turned and placed the ball in the far corner to bring his tally to seven goals for the season.

After some inconsistency in the early weeks of the campaign, Central Coast look to have found some form, at the expense of the Rams, who had another tough day at the office.

Next week, Macarthur return to Lynwood Park for an important clash against Canterbury Bankstown, while Central Coast travel to Lily Homes Stadium to meet Hills United.

Match Stats

Central Coast Mariners FC 4 (Dylan Ruiz-Diaz 35’ 76’ 90+2’, Peter Kekeris 60’) def Macarthur Rams FC 0

Saturday 20 April 2019

at Pluim Park

Referee: Matthew Riedy

Assistants: Brodie Merchant and Liam Webb

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Aidan MUNFORD, 3. Lewis MILLER, 4. Michael GLASSOCK, 9. Jordan SMYLIE, 10. Charles WILLIAM (7. Michael KATSOULIS 46’), 12. Ollie VALENTINE, 14. Alec VINCI, 15. Bilal BELKADI, 17. Joshua NISBET, 18. Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ, 19. Peter KEKERIS (11. Emmanuel PETERS 78’)

Subs not used: 2. Nicholas FAUST, 6. Matthew BUETTNER, 20. Joe GAUCI

Yellow cards: 19. Peter KEKERIS 10’, 3. Lewis MILLER 45+4’ 86’, 3. Michael GLASSOCK 64’, 18. Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ 64’

Red card: 3. Lewis MILLER 86’

Macarthur Rams: 20. Jacob MADDEN, 2. Craig COOLEY, 3. Danny LAZAREVSKI, 4. Cooper HANAGAN (11. Sam ONANA AWONO 46’), 6. Masudi ELONGO, 9. Eli SQUILLACIOTI (8. Anthony HADDAD 61’), 12. Michael STOJANOVSKI, 14. Jamie DIB, 15. Clement EBAHECE WAOCI (10. Ben CORNISH 75’), 18. Chris SHEERIN, 19. Matthew TROTTER

Subs not used: 7. Matthew SADLER, 40 Tristan MICHELMANN

Yellow cards: 6. Masudi ELONGO 56’, 15. Clement EBAHECE WAOCI 67’

North Shore Mariners FC 3 (Mitchell Smith 41’ 67’, Daniel Saric 90’) vs Canterbury Bankstown FC 0

In the Saturday afternoon fixture, North Shore Mariners kept the pressure on league leaders Western Sydney Wanderers with a dominant display at Northbridge Oval.

After a cagey opening to the game, the Mariners took the lead just before halftime, with Mitchell Smith turning and finishing well off a pinpoint cross from Ricky Woodward.

Canterbury had some decent spells in the second half, but it was that man Mitchell Smith who would score again midway through the second stanza, finding the bottom corner after a lovely chipped pass from Marquin Smith.

North Shore rounded off the scoring in the 90th minute thanks to a couple of substitutes, as Nathan Separovic broke free on the counter and set up Daniel Saric for an easy finish.

Blacktown Spartans FC (Shun Tokuno 63’, Lachlan Rose 90+1’) FC 2 vs Rydalmere Lions FC 1 (Luke Grima 90’)

Blacktown Spartans were able to move back into the winner’s circle with a dramatic win over Rydalmere Lions on Saturday night.

The spectators at Blacktown Football Park were treated to an absorbing contest, with both teams able to create plenty of chances. It was the Spartans would open the scoring in the second half via a free kick from Shun Tokuno.

The Lions persisted, and finally got their reward in the 90th minute when Luke Grima finished off a lovely team move. However, there was a final twist in the tale, and Spartans went straight for goal from the kickoff, with Lachlan Rose breaking free of the defence to score a dramatic injury time winner.

GHFA Spirit FC 2 (Louis Bozanic 26’, 34’) vs Hills United FC 1 (Daniel Fogarty 31’)

It was a narrow but deserved victory at Christie Park for Spirit FC, who leapfrogged their opponents on the table.

In a highly entertaining first half, Spirit midfielder Louis Bozanic opened the scoring with a clever free kick that snuck under the wall.

Hills responded a few minutes later, with Daniel Fogarty finishing off a swift counter attack. However, parity would be short lived, and Spirit would lead into halftime after a well-worked passing move resulted in Bozanic flicking the ball home from Andy Robertson’s cross for his second of the evening.

It was real backs-to-the-wall stuff for United after the interval due to red cards for Marcus Zarantonello and Glen Kelshaw, but to their credit they hung on with nine men, with their goalkeeper Shaun Catlin making some important saves. Hills could even have snatched an unlikely point with two minutes left after Daniel Fogarty reacted quickest to a loose ball, but his shot hit the crossbar.

St George FC 1 (Bradley Bartels 66’) vs Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2 (Marley Peterson 1’, Mohamed Adam 80’)

In a frantic and hard-fought game at Ilinden Sports Centre, it was the Wanderers who would prevail, maintaining their one point lead at the top of the league.

The youngsters in red & black got off to a dream start when Marley Peterson blasted the ball home from outside the area in the opening minute.

The Wanderers sent plenty of dangerous balls into the penalty area early on, but St George would impose themselves on the contest, and Aleksandar Lekoski thought he had found an equalizer after rounding the goalkeeper, only to be denied by a block from Noah Pagden.

St George’s pressure finally told in the second half when Bradley Bartels broke through and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

The Saints were then denied by two goalline clearances in the space of a minute, but Wanderers forward Mohamed Adam would end up being the hero ten minutes from time, netting his ninth goal after the season after being set up by Wanderers substitute Lochlan Constable.

Northern Tigers FC 1 (Shervin Adeli 80’) vs Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC 1 (Aaron Peterson 5’)

Goals at either end of the match meant the points were shared in this intriguing contest at North Turramurra Recreation Area.

Big striker Aaron Peterson got Bonnyrigg off to a flyer with a well-taken strike in the fifth minute, turning and smashing the ball in off the post.

Greg Kondek almost got a second for the away side, but this time the bounce didn’t work in their favour, with the ball coming off the post via the fingertips of the Tigers goalkeeper.

However, the Tigers were able to hold their own, and that save would prove crucial, as Northern Tigers equalised late on after Shervin Adeli capitalised on a defensive error.

Mounties Wanderers FC 4 (Noah Chianese, Mitchell Davidson, Bruno Pivato, Joshua Viera) vs St George City FA 0

Mounties ended a two game losing streak after a clinical performance against St George City FA at Sydney United Sports Centre.

An early goal for Mounties set the tone, and although St George City had their fair share of possession and chances, Brian Brown’s side stepped it up after the break, with three more unanswered goals.

In the end, a deserved win for Mounties, who showed the variety of attacking threats at their disposal, with Noah Chianese, Mitchell Davidson, Bruno Pivato, and Joshua Viera finding the back of the net.

Midweek Round 3 catchup game: Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (James Armson 51’) vs Mounties Wanderers 0

On Tuesday night, Bonnyrigg White Eagles prevailed in a tight contest against Mounties Wanderers at Bonnyrigg Sports Club.

Defences were on top in the first half, with the breakthrough coming just after halftime when James Armson sent a 25 yard rocket into the bottom corner.

Bonnyrigg struck the woodwork soon afterwards, but the miss didn’t come back to haunt them, despite some late Mounties pressure.

By Eric Subijano

Twitter – @eric_subijano

Source FNSW Website

Round 8 Preview – NPL 2 NSW Men’s

With only two points separating the top four sides, the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Men’s competition is as close as ever.

Round 8 has six games on Easter Saturday, but our Match of the Round will be on Sunday, when Central Coast Mariners host Macarthur Rams.

Match of the Round: Central Coast Mariners v Macarthur Rams, 4pm Sunday 21st April, Pluim Park

It’s been a mixed start for Central Coast as they look to make the finals for the third year in a row.

Two wins from the opening seven games will be a disappointment for Ray Junna’s young men, but at least they can take some positives from last weekend after a late equaliser from Dylan Ruiz-Diaz secured a point against Bonnyrigg.

Macarthur’s winless run now stands at five games, but there are positives after the way they hung on for a draw with 10 men on Saturday against St George FC.

Rams coach Claudio Canosa will be hoping his side can boost their attack in the coming weeks after scoring only four times in the opening seven games.

 

North Shore Mariners v Canterbury Bankstown, 3pm Saturday 20th April, Northbridge Oval

The round begins with a Saturday afternoon game just north of the Harbour Bridge, as North Shore Mariners host Canterbury Bankstown.

Confidence will be high for Joe Haywood’s men after last Sunday night, when Mitchell Smith’s first half header took them to a 1-0 win against St George City FA and into second place.

Canterbury are still looking for their first victory, but they’ll be happy after salvaging a 2-2 result with Western Sydney Wanderers on the weekend.

That was the first time Canterbury had scored multiple goals in a game since the epic 5-5 draw with Mounties in Round 1, and they’ll be hoping that Toshihisa Saikawa can repeat the kind of form that saw him find the net against the Wanderers.

 

Blacktown Spartans v Rydalmere Lions, 7pm Saturday 20th April, Blacktown Football Park

Spartans have started the year in inconsistent fashion, and a lack of goals has been a concern for Paul Hubbard’s young side. However, coming from behind twice to draw with Spirit FC could be just the confidence boost they need, especially with Rydalmere having the joint-third best defence in the division.

The Lions are also coming off a good result after their 2-1 win over Northern Tigers, one which propelled them into fifth place. Things are looking up for Rydalmere now as Hassan Jalloh has started to hit some goalscoring form, with three goals in his last five games.

 

GHFA Spirit FC v Hills United, 7pm Saturday 20th April, Christie Park

Spirit FC will be hoping to rediscover that winning feeling after three games without a victory, but their attack is in good working order, with Duncan Stewart getting yet another goal to open the scoring on Saturday.

However, it’s another tough assignment for the men from Christie Park as they face in-form Hills United. The north-west Sydney outfit have five wins in their last six games, and with the Giovenali brothers patrolling the midfield, as well as the lightning-fast Daniel Fogarty up front, United are sure to be a stern test for any side.

 

St George FC v Western Sydney Wanderers, 7pm Saturday 20th April, Ilinden Sports Centre

St George FC are probably still wondering how they didn’t leave Lynwood Park with all three points last Saturday, and it doesn’t get any easier for the defending Champions as they host league leaders Western Sydney Wanderers, still looking for their second victory of the year.

However, the Wanderers will be ruing missed opportunities of their own, with last week’s 2-0 halftime lead against Canterbury turning into a 2-2 stalemate by the final whistle.

On the plus side for the Red & Black, Mohamed Adam continues to find the net, and he (along with Mitchell Smith and Duncan Stewart) tops the NPL 2 scoring charts with an impressive tally of eight goals.

 

Northern Tigers v Bonnyrigg White Eagles, 7pm Saturday 20th April, North Turramurra Recreation Area

Bonnyrigg will make the trip north with a spring in their step – the White Eagles are now undefeated in five games after a 1-0 victory in their midweek catchup game against Mounties, only conceding once in that time.

This will be Tigers sixth home game in the first eight rounds, and the northern suburbs outfit will be looking for more home comforts after an away defeat to Rydalmere last weekend.

Despite the defeat, new signing Joshua Swadling continues to catch the eye, and the former Central Coast United winger leads his team with five goals.

 

Mounties Wanderers v St George City FA, 7pm, Saturday 20th April, Sydney United Sports Centre

Mounties had started to find some form after two wins in a row, but have hit a setback with losses to Hills and Bonnyrigg that have rung some alarm bells at the club considering the players they bought in the off-season.

Nevertheless, Matthew West has a long history of banging in the goals at this level, and with six for the season, he will be the one to watch for Mounties.

Meanwhile, St George City have a six-goal hero of their own in former Young Socceroo Steve Kuzmanovski. However, with no other City player scoring more than once so far, the newly-promoted side will be looking to attacking talent in the form of John McGuigan and Kerim Kumsuz to help ease the burden.

-By Eric Subijano

Twitter – @eric_subijano

Source FNSW website

Round 7 Review – NPL 2 NSW Men’s

Western Sydney Wanderers remain top of the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Men’s but their lead is reduced to just one point after a 2-2 draw with Canterbury Bankstown.

North Shore Mariners and Hills United are right on their heels, one point adrift while early competition leaders GHFA Spirit are a further point behind.

Match of the Round

Macarthur Rams v St George

How St George contrived not to take all three points from this one will forever remain a mystery.

Despite going a goal down after just three minutes, a neat ball catching out the Saints defence which gave Craig Cooley a clear chance on goal which he didn’t waste, St George largely dominated the rest of this game but simply didn’t take advantage of their many opportunities.

Within a minute of the Rams taking the lead, Kevin Lopes had the perfect opportunity to immediately draw the Saints level but spurned the chance, striking into the side netting instead of the open goal. It was just the first chance of the night for the visitors which wouldn’t be taken, one of many.

Daniel Loe was one of the principals of the St George fightback, his strong runs down the right always causing danger. In the 20th minute, his low cross from the byeline after a superb ball from Bradley Bartels split the Rams defence, was frantically cleared after heavy pressure.

Five minutes later, Marcus Beattie broke through and took on Jacob Madden, the towering Rams keeper. But Madden was equal to the task, denying Beattie, and keeping the Rams in front, but only just.

That pressure was to tell eight minutes before the break, when Loe again, winning the ball through sheer determination, crossed into the area where an unfortunate handball by Matthew Trotter saw the first penalty of the night. Up stepped Matias da Silva Santos, who slammed the spotkick into the net for the equaliser.

Just three minutes after that, St George were awarded a second penalty, again for handball, this time against Masudi Elongo. It seemed the game was starting to turn.

Da Silva Santos again went to the penalty spot, but the power this time was lacking and Madden did well to save. Not, as time would tell, for the last time.

Even stevens at the break, the Rams came out for the second period with some renewed early vigour. They may still have been relying on breaks, mainly through Eli Squillacioti, but there was danger all the same.

But when central defender Stephen Tomasich was carded for a second time and earned a red in the 53rd minute, it would really put the Rams under the pump. Squillacioti moved in to the backline, removing that threat up front, and the St George domination returned. This time against a ten man Rams.

Remarkably, St George were awarded a third penalty and again Madden was to save. Beattie took the spotkick this time, Da Silva Santos erring on the side of caution, but it made no difference. It remained 1-1.

It didn’t end there though. With fifteen to go, Beattie worked his way clear and this time he did beat Madden, but not the post. It clearly wasn’t going to be St George’s night.

Musashi Kokubo was just wide, Shaqil Ali had a flick turned brilliantly away by Madden, and Lopes was wide with a header with five to go. The Rams were hanging on valiantly, helped by a man-of the match performance by the Rams keeper.

If this wasn’t bad enough for St George, who were throwing everything including the kitchen sink at Macarthur, the game was almost sensationally lost in time added on. A late Macarthur charge upfield saw the Rams awarded a penalty of their own. This would really have been the cruellest of blows to St George.

Yet again though, the keeper denied the taker, Costa saving low against Clement Ebahace Waoci.

The scoreboard may have only shown a final score of 1-1 but for a game of missed chances, this was up there with the best.

Match Stats

Macarthur Rams 1 (Craig Cooley 3’) v St George 1 (Matias Da Silva Santos 39’)

Saturday 13 April 2019

at Lynwood Park

Referee: Andrew Higgins

Assts: Adam Weir and Nick Ritchie

Macarthur Rams : 20. Jacob Madden 2. Craig Cooley (c) 4. Cooper Hanagan 5. Stephen Tomasich 6. Masudi Elongo 9. Eli Squillacioti 11. Sam Onana Anono (15. Clement Ebahace Waoci 68’) 12. Michael Stojanovski 13. Lorenzo Fatica (3. Danny Lazarevski) 14. Jamie Dib (7. Matthew Sadler 90+4’) 19 Matthew Trotter.

Subs not used: 1. Jair Fernandez 16. Joel Le Beau

Yellow Cards: Stephen Tomasich, Masudi Elongo, Eli Squillacioti, Matthew Trotter, Danny Lazarevski

Red Card: Stephen Tomasich

St George: 21. Anthony Costa (c) 2. Daniel Loe 3. Ali Nasreddine 4. Bradley Bartels 6.Musashi Kokubo 7. Matias Da Silva Santos (20. Shaqil Ali 69’) 9. Kevin Lopes 10. Chanhwee Jeong 12. Marcus Beattie (18. Matias Paz 89’) 14. Paolo Mitry 19. Toby Norval (17. Aleksander Lekoski 63’)

Subs not used: 1. Bailey Kubecka 5.Jacob Bandur

Yellow Cards: Bradley Bartels, Paolo Mitry, Shaqil Ali

Hills United 2 (Jacob Basden, Jordan Parfait) v Mounties Wanderers 0

Hills United continue to surprise, and a strong 2-0 win over Mounties is just more evidence of the distance that the club has come in recent times.

Goals to Jacob Basden and Jordan Parfait, one in each half, sent the Mounties home empty handed, although just as notable as the result is that Hills kept Mounties scoreless. It was the first time this season that Mounties haven’t found the back of the net, something that the Hills defence can take plenty of pride in.

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (Goran Subara 2’) v Central Coast Mariners Academy 1 (Dylan Ruiz-Diaz 82’)

It was a midtable deadlock at Bonnyrigg Sports Centre as the White Eagles and Mariners Academy fought out a 1-1 draw, a result which doesn’t really help either side in their quest to move up the ladder.

An early lead from Goran Subara just two minutes in looked likely to remain the only goal of the game as the clock ticked down late in the game, but with just eight minutes left, Dylan Ruiz-Diaz with his fourth of the season gave the Mariners something to take back up the freeway.

Rydalmere Lions 2 (Hassan Jalloh 20’pen , Luka Zepina 62’) v Northern Tigers 1 (Joshua Swadling 57’)

An early send off to Northern Tigers’ Jordan Ferrier put the visitors behind the eight ball, and when Hassan Jalloh took advantage from the spot, it was always going to be tough for the Tigers.

They did well though to remain in the game and a cracking free kick from Joshua Swadling from outside the area was well worthy of an equaliser.

But Rydalmere remained focussed on the job at hand, and within five minutes, had retaken the lead. Luka Zepina got the winner with just under thirty minutes to go, a fine scoreline for the Lions, who leapfrog the Tigers on the ladder as a result.

GHFA Spirit 2 (Duncan Stewart, Futoshi Kondo) v Blacktown Spartans 2 (Christian Torelli, Garang Awac)

After winning their first four games, Spirit have now hit something of a road hump, going three without victory but their undefeated home record remains intact. Spirit took the lead twice against Spartans, Duncan Stewart and Futoshi Kondo putting them ahead on each occasion, but Blacktown replied through Christina Torelli and captain Garang Awac.

The result sees Spirit drop to fourth, but they still remain only two points from top, in a tightly packed first four.

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Daniel Wilmering 9, Mohamed Adam 22’) v Canterbury Bankstown 2 (Toshihisa Saikawa 51’, George Vagerakas 59’)

It was looking good for league leaders Western Sydney Wanderers as they took an early 2-0 lead against Canterbury Bankstown on Sunday. Daniel Wilmering got on the end of a Tate Russell cross to head the Wanderers in front before Mohamed Adam doubled the lead midway through the first half. Adam got to the ball first after the Berries keeper parried a Wilmering cross, leaving Adam with the simplest of finishes.

Canterbury could have been forgiven for thinking the game against the leaders was gone but they showed plenty of spirit and their efforts were rewarded after the restart when Toshihisa Saikawa brought one back in the 51st.

Eight minutes later, George Vagerakas brought the scores level, ensuring a share of the points for Canterbury, an excellent result as they look to get their season back on track.

North Shore Mariners 1 v St George City FA 0

In Sunday’s late evening kick off, North Shore Mariners were too good for St George City FA, claiming the points with a narrow one goal victory.

The win lifts North Shore to second on the table, on goal difference ahead of Hills United, and further cements their position in the top six.

Source FNSW website

Round 6 Review – NPL 2 NSW Women’s

The two unbeaten sides remain top of the tree, but only by the skin of their teeth, as the fierce competition that is the National Premier Leagues 2 Womens ramped up again. There were goals, late winners and drama aplenty as teams continue to find their footing this season.

Match of the Round: Gladesville Ravens 0 drew with Central Coast Mariners 0

Central Coast Mariners become the first side to take points off the unbeaten Gladesville Ravens as the two sides played out a scrappy 0-0 draw on a brisk night at Christie Park.

The Ravens had many chances, sharpshooter Emily Diaz broke through late but was denied by a brave save from Mariners keeper Rhiannon Hines. The Ravens almost made it the late, late show when a a pair of free-kicks weren’t turned home but the leaders remain the side to beat thus far despite the stalemate.

After what has been a tough opening month, the Mariners showed their mettle in their defense, they marked Diaz out of the game mostly, but there were a few golden chances that the youngsters will learn from as the season progresses. Coach Dan Barrett was buoyed by their first point since late March.

On a cold night, the Ravens were determined to warm the hands of Mariners keeper Hines early. They stuck her palms with a series of shots, although Hines gathered well, it was a sign of intent.

Next the opening almost presented itself for Ravens. A horror back pass opened up the space but the shot from Annalise Schiraldi fell teasingly wide of the goalframe. Next the crossbar took a battering as Emily Diaz rattled the woodwork in the 14th minute.

Mariners created their first chances in the contest in the 15th minute, Gabrielle Blanch cut inside smartly before she blazed over then Kaitlyn Murphy suffered the same fate four minutes later as the game opened up.

Next it was a pair of number 10’s that tried to break the deadlock. Ravens’ Yume Kashima used some smart footwork to create a chance but it was gobbled up then Jade McAtemney for the Mariners put aq free-kick on the foot of Iona Snape, but the striker couldn’t connect as the search continued.

Diaz continued to be the threat for Ravens albeit from range. She uncorked a fierce shot that needed to be tipped around the corner from Hines. That was the last significant action as the teams headed for the warm change rooms locked at 0-0.

The visitors almost had a gift-wrapped chance two minutes after the restart. Coach Dan Barrett urged them to press across the game, and it created a stray ball that fell to Mikala Tucker. She couldn’t force Eri Arikawa into a stop.

Both keepers were safe tonight. Arikawa and Hines gobbled up chances like it was a training session, as the game drifted past the hour mark, still locked at 0-0. It seemed a moment of magic might decide this contest.

Fresh on the field, Ravens substitute Amelia Vitek tried to conjure that moment. She sliced through the midfield with a stepover but her effort fizzed wide of the post. With time running out set pieces became more valuable to break the game open.

Carlie Ikonomou was precise with her delivery over the dead ball all night, shot in a free-kick low which fell to Vitek, the striker couldn’t turn home then a grateful Hines gathered the follow up as the Ravens soared forward.

As the clocked ticked into final five minutes, the crowd rose to its feet, as Emily Diaz picked off a defender and bore down on goal. She eyed off Hines but fired straight which allowed the custodian to clean up.

Into injury time, Ravens had a chance to make it the late, late show again. Ikonomou stood over a late free-kick, tumbled an effort into the crowded penalty area but it was taken in a final act of strength from Hines, as the game ended nil-all.

Alex Di Sciascio was upbeat about the Ravens despite their first dropped points of the season. His side had the majority of the chances, and it remains a wonderful start to their season:

“It was two teams looking for a result tonight. One magical moment might have sealed it, and if we could hit it anywhere but the keeper, it is three points for us. Alas tonight, neither side could find that moment.” he said.

“The girls are training hard. We’ve improved so much from last season which is pleasing. We are continuing to build to that, not peak early and do so in the semi-finals later this season.” finished Di Sciascio.

For Mariners boss Dan Barrett, it might not have been three points but it was a confidence boosting performance from his young side against one of the competition heavyweights:

“We’ve had a very disrupted season, missing five regulars for the whole season, so we’re starting again. We’re a team that plays off our effort and that showed tonight, it’s what we expect every week.” said Barrett.

“What I was most happy with tonight was our pressure. They didn’t have time on the ball to truly hurt us, and the whole back four, keeper and the rest of the side were fantastic tonight.” finished the Mariners boss.

Match Stats

Sunday 14 April 2018 – Christie Park, Macquarie Park

Referee: A. Verma

Assistant Referees: L. Mussin & E. Chan

Gladesville Ravens 0

Central Coast Mariners 0

Gladesville Ravens: 1. ARIKAWA Eri, 2. TAYLOR Eloise, 3. SMITH Ashleigh, 4. LIDBETTER Eleanor, 5. FISHER Alanna, 6. IKONOMOU Carlie, 7. DIAZ Emily, 8. ZACZEK Zoe, 9. SCHIRALDI Annalise, 10. KASHIMA Yume (13. VITEK ‘64), 11. WOJTOWICZ Kasia

Unused subs: 14. KINCHINGTON Annabelle, 23. GESTIER Hannah, 28. MOORE Kirilly

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Central Coast Mariners: 1. HINES Rhiannon, 2. BLANCH Gabrielle, 4. SNAPE Iona, 5. OLIVEIRA Katie, 8. WISE Danielle, 9. EYERS Haylie (23. DRYSDALE ‘86), 10. MCATEMNEY Jade (22. COLLINS ‘40), 11. SHORTER Elizabeth, 12. MURPHY Kaitlin, 21. TUCKER Mikala, 27. AUDDINO Indianna

Unused subs: 26. BARCHAM Abbey, 28. CARMODY Kiah, 40. COYTE Sophie

Yellow cards: Auddino

Red cards: nil

Southern Branch FC 1 defeated by Western NSW Mariners 2

Western NSW Mariners make the long trip home from Nowra happy. The Mariners triumphed 2-1 against a game Southern Branch FC side this afternoon at South Nowra Football Complex.

The visitors aiming for their third straight victory kicked off the contest with a goal to Brydie Comiskey, her second goal of the season before Shaylee Meehan equalised with her first goal of the season for Southern Branch FC. Suddenly, the home side sensed glory was on the horizon.

Their glory was snatched late on by the Mariners. Much like they did against UNSW FC back in Round 2, it was a winner in the final ten minutes.

Young star Anna Hunt popped up to knock the ball home in the 87th minute. Her third of the season, made it 2-1 and the victory left the Mariners sat in fourth place at the completion of a big weekend in the NPL2 competition.

Sutherland Shire FA 1 drew with Nepean FC 1

They left it late, but Sutherland Shire FA remain unbeaten after their 1-1 draw with a robust Nepean FC side down at Harrie Denning Centre this afternoon in a cracking contest.

Nepean FC would’ve got away with it too if it wasn’t for that meddling Georgia Manos. The attacker found the back of the net in the 89th minute to share the spoils. Shire FA coach Dragan Blazevic would be pleased to take a point despite not being at their usual best.

For the visitors, it was a case of the best laid plans come to waste. Stefanie Trovato continued her impressive form, with her third goal of the season. Nepean continue to stand toe to toe with some of National Premier Leagues 2 Womens top sides but like last week, the plan fell apart late.

Despite that Nepean FC boss Alan Tasses can be pleased for their return in three contests against APIA, Shire FA and Mariners. Those contests yielded five points. That puts them in the top half of the table, only a point out of the top five.

Marconi Stallions 3 defeated UNSW FC 1

The Stallions secured back-to-back victories with a comfortable 3-1 success against UNSW FC this afternoon at grand old Marconi Stadium today.

Marconi moved themselves into the top five with today’s win. The home side struck early which put a downbeat UNSW FC side on the back foot and they never recovered. Both goals in the first half came from the set piece as well.

Jessica Beale pulled out a party trick as she scored directly from a corner for the first before Jasmin Courtenay made it half a dozen goals for the season. She turned home well from another set piece as the Stallions dominated but need to be clinical in front of the goal.

Fresh from the break, Stallions added a third through Ceyda Cambaz despite UNSW FC coming out with a better intent in the second half. Alexandra O’Rourke clawed back a goal for the students as the attacker was a standout for the visitors in a well beaten side.

St George FC 0 defeated by SD Raiders FC 2

Down by the sea, it took them over an hour but SD Raiders secured a 2-nil victory against St George FC tonight at St George Stadium.

For the best part of an hour, the two sides were locked in a tight tussle. SD Raiders showed their class with a pair of goals in the final 15 minutes to triumph under the St George lights.

The result makes it back-to-back successes for SD Raiders FC. They remain tied on points with fifth placed Marconi, only outside on goal difference. For St George, it was a positive performance just need to add points to the final product.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers 7 defeated Inter Lions FC 0

In the battle of the jungle, there was only one queen, that being APIA Leichhardt Tigers. They swept away Inter Lions, 7-nil on a routine night at Lambert Park.

APIA continued on their free-scoring ways, as the home side were clinical in front of goal against the bottom placed Inter Lions. Ash Palombi made it nine goals for the season with her magnificent hat-trick to set Lambert Park on fire.

She was helped by the efforts of attacker Logan Garard, who picked up a brace in the rout. Two of APIA’s off-season signings, Georgia Bridges and Kerrie Ryan, added to their season tally as well. Three more points make a good week for the Tigers who rose to third after this result and their 2-2 draw in midweek.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)

Source FNSW website

Round 7 Preview – NPL 2 NSW Men’s

Our Match of the Round focus this week turns to the lower reaches of the league with Macarthur Rams taking on St George, while Sunday’s eye-catcher is leaders Western Sydney Wanderers v bottom placed Canterbury Bankstown.

Macarthur Rams v St George, Saturday 7pm, Lynwood Park

It hasn’t been a good start to the season for either of these two clubs, sitting in 13th and 12th respectively. Just one win each will have set some alarm bells ringing and there will be a sense of urgency at Lynwood Park on Saturday. It is likely that the Rams and Saints will both fancy their chances in claiming a second win, a chance to climb just that little bit further away from the bottom.

Which way it goes is anybody’s guess but rest assured, while it may have no bearing on any early title challenge, there will be plenty of intensity on display all the same.

Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Central Coast Mariners, Saturday 630pm, Bonnyrigg Sports Club

Both of these clubs are coming off good wins last weekend and will be looking to continue their upward trajectory on Saturday. Bonnyrigg inflicted the first defeat on Spirit while the Mariners knocked five past the Berries so while it might be 9th v 8th, one suspects both will be higher the top than bottom as the season moves along. Bonnyrigg’s two losses came in their first two games, finding their feet, and while the Mariners’ results have been a little up and down, last week’s hefty win will have done them the world of good.

GHFA Spirit v Blacktown Spartans, Saturday 7pm, Christie Park

Spirit will have been disappointed after handing over the competition lead last weekend, so we can expect a quick response when they welcome Spartans to Christie Park. Three wins and a draw from four games at home has set the template for their fine start and with their next two also at home, Spirit will surely be looking for another six points over the next fortnight. The Spartans’ away record is not so hot this year, just one point from four games, so against a Spirit side who always relish their home turf, this will be a tough one for the visitors.

Hills United v Mounties Wanderers, Saturday 7pm, Lily Homes Stadium

Hills United have continued to impress. While early days, they have shown themselves to be a solid unit and now in their third year back in Mens 2, they have made their best start yet. Having won four of their past five, with some major scalps amongst them, Hills will entertain Mounties with some degree of confidence.

Mounties are coming off a winning double and they still have a game up their sleeve, travelling to Bonnyrigg next midweek. They have a chance to make good inroads if the results go their way, something coach Brian Brown will be keen to see particularly. But against a Hills side who, like Mounties, seem to have no trouble scoring, it will be close though there also could be a few goals in this one.

Rydalmere Lions v Northern Tigers, Saturday 7pm, Valentine Park No 2

After a couple of early wins, Rydalmere have now gone four without success but that isn’t for lack of trying. They made a tough game of it against the youthful Western Sydney Wanderers last Sunday, perhaps only wilting late in the heat against their much younger opponents, and they will be sure to give Northern Tigers a run for their money.

The Tigers have been inconsistent so far, coupling impressive wins with a couple of defeats, keeping one of the league’s major players still thereabouts in fifth. This will be only their second trip on the road this season, their previous journey saw the Tigers coming home empty handed, so they will be wanting a change of fortune this time.

Western Sydney Wanderers v Canterbury Bankstown, Sunday 3pm, Sydney United Sports Centre

The new competition leaders take on bottom placed Canterbury Bankstown and if ever a game seemed a fait accompli, it would be this one. Top of the table with five wins from six, the Wanderers also have the equal best attack and the league’s best defence. On the opposition side of the equation, the Berries are yet to win and with 22 conceded, they have the league’s worst “against” record. Sign enough then, as any football fan would know, that a Canterbury win is entirely possible.

No game is settled before kickoff, and the Wanderers will not want to take this one for granted, but the youthful Western Sydney side, with the dangerous Mohammed Adam up front, and the industrious and creative Fabian Monge in midfield, will take some beating.

North Shore Mariners v St George City FA, Sunday 630pm, Valentine Park No 2

Sunday’s late kickoff has St George City FA travelling across town to Glenwood to meet North Shore Mariners. It has been a good time for City who achieved two excellent results over the past week and they will be hoping to make it a trio of results come Sunday night. They will look once more to Steve Kuzmanovski to lead the way, the striker now with six, a healthy total after just half a dozen rounds.

North Shore will try for a St George double after having beaten the Saints last Sunday. They are in a strong vein of form with four wins from their past five and their only reverse was by the narrowest of margins against Hills in round four. Only the two Wanderers, Western Sydney and Mounties, have scored more goals, so City will do well to keep an eye on Mitchell Smith for one.

Source FNSW website

Round 5 Review – National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s

As another fantastic weekend of action is put into the books. Gladesville Ravens and Sutherland Shire FA remain unbeaten whilst there were some huge wins for some of the chasing pack as the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s competition delivered again. Let’s get onto the review!

Match of the Round: SD Raiders 2 defeated UNSW FC 1

SD Raiders FC rebounded in fine fashion, defeating UNSW FC 2-1 in an open contest at Ernie Smith Reserve in our Match of the Round this week.

The home side admitted they were overawed by their opponents last week. This week there was no affliction, as they scored in each half through Alexandra Vousden and a confident Sarah Mandile finish to record the three points against UNSW FC in a contest where they looked much more themselves.

It was sadly déjà vu for Alex Nolan’s side. UNSW FC were in the contest for much of it, equalising through Grace McCormick in the first half. It came down to a moment though, as they switched off again and it cost them, at least, a point.

Both sides took their time to settle into the contest. UNSW FC opted to try to play down the flanks which brought the first goalmouth action which was gobbled up by SD Raiders keeper Natasha Pentecost.

It was from SD Raider’s first set-piece, the contest opened up. The visitors failed to clear their lines from a corner as it fell invitingly to Alexandra Vousden. She chipped a gorgeous ball over the top of UNSW FC keeper Nadine Knight, making 1-nil to the home side.

The best chances in the first stanza fell to SD Raider’s striker, Sarah Mandile. The tall presence was almost played in from a defensive header but swerved wide then followed up with a curler that snuck wide of the left-hand post after some swift build up.

UNSW FC continued to probe each flank. Jenaya Goodacre and Tahlia Hanslow did some superb work to put in some teased balls that caused some havoc in the SD Raiders box. They just couldn’t find the final ball to equalise.

Right after the half hour mark, they found the solution. Sinead Hayes burnt down the left side before she delivered a precise ball into the area, which Grace McCormick tapped home, making it 1-1 on the night.

The chances dried up in the remainder of the first half. Hannah-Rose Davey turned well in the box before she forced Knight into a tough save that couldn’t be followed up. For UNSW FC, McCormick broke free but didn’t wrap her foot around the shot as the whistled signaled the break, at 1-1.

SD Raiders dominated the first portion of the second half. They kept the ball well, angling for an opening. The only chance came through Mandile, the striker popped up on the right to fizz a shot wide in the 53rd minute.

Again, the duo of Mandile and Davey created the best chances for the home side. Davey opened up the chance which fell finally to Mandile, who blasted the ball over. SD Raiders were knocking harshly on the door.

The introduction of Jessie Kuang gave UNSW FC new life. She delivered a wonderful ball which fell onto the head of fellow substitute Miranda Summersby-Mitchell. The attacker couldn’t crane her neck enough to force the header home.

In a tight contest, the game was decided on a moment of mastery from Kirilee Cook. She spied the run between the lines of Mandile, stroked a pass through the middle of the UNSW defence. The precise pass put Mandile on-goal and the striker atoned for the misses and made it 2-1.

Again, the best chance for UNSW came through Kuang. She created some panic in the SD Raiders defense with her cutting cross, but none of the present attackers for UNSW could turn the ball home, and Pentecost claimed.

SD Raiders had two late chances to extend their lead. Courtney Krope bent an effort wide in the 81st before Samantha Muscat befell a similar fate with her chance in stoppage time. It didn’t matter as the home side held on for a precious victory.

A content Terry Gray, SD Raiders coach, was buoyed by the improved performance from his side this weekend and paid credit to their resolve to bounce back in such style.

“I think we were intimidated last week. We decided that wouldn’t happen this week, take the game to the opposition and not get trapped in our area. It worked well in such a tight game and we played some great football.” he said.

“We had the potential for a larger win, but three points is three points. The girls are happy with the performance and it’s onwards and upwards for us.” finished Gray.

The frustration continues to build for UNSW FC coach Alex Nolan. Once again, he was annoyed with a few moments of madness which cost his side, but overall remained positive.

“It’s the same every week for us. We’re dominating teams but not getting the reward. We switched off for one second, conceded a ball over the top and it hurt us.” he said.

“I was really proud with how the girl’s played though, I thought we dominated and were the better side. We aren’t clinical enough in front of goal. In defense, we were good but one counter attack and it changed the contest.” finished Nolan.

Match Stats

Sunday 7 April 2019

Ernie Smith Reserve, Moorebank

Referee: Byrand Mitio

Assistant Referees: Jessica Di Bartolo & Michelle Hilton

SD Raiders FC 2 (Vousden ‘8, Mandile ‘75)

UNSW FC 1 (McCormick ‘32)

SD Raiders: 1. PENTECOST Natasha, 3. SHERMAN Morgan (32. KROPE ‘66), 5. DAVEY Hannah-Rose, 6. DENNIS Rebecca, 9. BAUDANA Tara (27. S. MUSCAT ‘83), 10. MCGRATH Christina, 11. COOK Kirilee, 12. HANKIN Brooke (15. PAVLICEVIC ‘66), 13. MATEFFY Kate (14. CASSAR ‘70), 16. MANDILE Sarah, 30. VOUSDEN Alexandra

Unused subs: 17. MUSCAT Rihanna

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

UNSW FC: 1. KNIGHT Nadine, 3. HANSLOW Tahlia, 6. BROWNING Rebecca (2. SUMMERSBY-MITCHELL ‘66), 10. NG Amy, 13. GOODACRE Jenaya (21. SUTHERLAND ‘80, 14. HAYES Sinead, 15. MCCORMICK Grace (8. READ ‘73), 18. BURNS Gabrielle (33. KUANG ‘62), 25. MADEISKY Erin, 30. O’ROURKE Alexandra (22. ADAM ‘77), 36. REISIN Saskia

Yellow cards: Nolan

Red cards: nil

Western NSW Mariners 2 defeated St George FC 1

Home form continues to be a boone for Western NSW Mariners. They notched up a close 2-1 success against St George FC in the early kick-off today at Marjorie Jackson Field.

Poorsha McPhillamy gave them the perfect start as they searched for back-to-back victories for the first-time season. The midfielder fired home her first goal of the season to hand the Mariners a slight 1-nil advantage at the break.

The Saints not wanting a repeat of their heavy loss last week, gave a good account of themselves across the contest, snatched a goal through Emily Upstone. The points would stay with Western NSW as Teegan Courtney slotted home their second goal.

Josh Ward was delighted for the three points which puts the Mariners in the top five. He also lauded their defense for their improvement and might step up some finishing practice to make for a calmer finish next weekend.

Southern Branch FC 0 defeated by Sutherland Shire FA 7

Sutherland Shire FA flexed their muscles in a sublime 7-nil victory against Southern Branch FC on a picturesque day at South Nowra Football Complex.

The visitors continued their unbeaten start to the season with another huge scoreline with some familiar names appearing on the scoresheet. Captain Jordan Baker and Jess Meads both picked up braces with last week’s hat-trick hero Brittany Christie notched one.

Shire FA rounded off their fourth win of the season with Maddison Farmer and Georgia Manos both scoring, the latter with her first of the season, as Shire FA continue to push Gladesville Ravens at the top of the table.

For the home side, they couldn’t back up the massive performance from last week’s victory but they didn’t disgrace themselves against one of the sides that will be battling for top honours this season. Keeper Jaime Griffin pulled off some good saves to prevent the score reaching double figures.

Inter Lions 1 defeated by Gladesville Ravens 3

Near. Far. Wherever they are. The unbeaten streak continues for Gladesville Ravens. The latest was a 3-1 success at Concord Oval against Inter Lions today.

Like the Canadian pop singer, the Ravens hope to have the staying power across the 2019 season. If Emily Diaz continues her form in front of goal. She nabbed another goal tonight alongside Annalise Schiraldi, another fixture on the scoresheet currently.

On her return to her club, Zoe Zaczek also scored for the Ravens as they remain top of the NPL2 NSW Women’s competition. For Inter Lions, Natasha Camporeale found a second half consolation goal to give them some joy.

Marconi Stallions 4 defeated Central Coast Mariners 1

The Stallions galloped back into form with a terrific 4-1 display at Marconi Stadium against a wounded Central Coast Mariners this afternoon.

It was a blistering performance from the home side. They scored twice in the first half through Jasmin Courtenay, both in the first half hour before the Mariners responded with Jade McAtemney for a 2-1 half-time score.

Marconi brushed off conceding with a further two scores after the break. Jessica Beale and Emma Voloder opened up their account in a victory which puts the Stallions into sixth position after the weekend.

Dan Barrett was disappointed to lose, but the Mariners boss remained upbeat about his young charges despite their injury woes: “We are missing a lot of quality through injury. Marconi did well and deserved the points. My young side tried their best and it’s all I ask.”

Nepean FC 2 drew with APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2

In a fascinating night cap to the round, Nepean FC showed their mettle in a frantic 2-2 draw against a frustrated APIA Leichhardt Tigers side tonight at Cook Park.

This game was the second of a huge three game stretch for Nepean FC, and once again, they developed a plan that helped them deal with APIA’s massive attacking threat. Lauren Gaul again popped up with a goal while Stefanie Trovato swept home the other, as they remained compact to seal the point.

APIA will be frustrated to drop two points after two positive performances in the last fortnight. They found the back of the net through Ash Palombi and Logan Garard, but Matt Constantini will rue two goal-line clearances and the missed chances that saw the game end level.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)

Source FNSW website

Round 6 Review – NPL 2 NSW Men’s

There is a new leader at the top of the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Men’s competition after Western Sydney Wanderers took advantage of GHFA Spirit’s first loss of the season, opening up a two point buffer following its 2-0 win over Rydalmere Lions.

Wins to Hills United and North Shore Mariners helped them retain a top four spot while Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Central Coast Mariners Academy and Mounties all improved their positions following respective victories.

Match of the Round

Western Sydney Wanderers v Rydalmere Lions

Western Sydney Wanderers moved two points clear at the top of the table after what, in the end, was a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory.

It may have taken some time for the Wanderers to break the deadlock with two second half goals inside eight minutes, and there was certainly some danger from Rydalmere, especially in an open first half, but there can be little doubt that the three points were well rewarded.

This game was open from the off, and the Wanderers could even have taken a lead within a minute, but Mohammed Adam’s point blank shot was well saved by Lions keeper Harrick Sinpraseuth, who not long after, also denied Fabian Monge, tipping away a well-directed shot.

But the Lions were able to respond with a great chance of their own, and one from which they really should have opened the scoring. The speedy Hassan Jalloh raced onto a long clearance, and was first to the ball ahead of Wanderers keeper Jack Greenwood, before rounding and shaping up for a strike on the open goal. But Jalloh was only able to put wide, a gilt edged chance which the Lions would come to rue.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, just two minutes later, Rydalmere had a second chance to take the lead. A perfect cross from Christopher Nunes met the head of the rising Frederick Ankumah-Sey but his free header went wide, once more for the Lions.

Tate Russell then tried from distance, Jalloh continued to look dangerous, and Monge was always looking to create, as both sides searched for the advantage.

But on this hot autumnal afternoon, so hot in fact that a drinks break was enforced, it was not until the second half that the deadlock was finally broken.

Roberts tried in the 50th, Monge laid off rather than shot in the 53rd, but it was from that ensuing corner that a goal finally came. A short corner, an inswinging cross by Daniel Wilmerring and Adam rose to flick past Sinpraseuth.

That lead was doubled eight minutes later, Sinpraseuth parrying a stinging shot after good work down the left by Adam, but Roberts was on hand for the rebound, netting for 2-0.

From that point on, the Wanderers looked in control, dominating possession and territory, although Ankumeh-Sey almost reduced the arrears with header which flashed over the bar, and Jalloh also missed from close range after Greenwood had parried a rasping shot.

But the sense was the points were heading the way of the Wanderers, despite these close calls, and that was to prove the case.

The final act of the game was a second yellow to substitute Luke Grima, a subsequent red not even providing time for a restart.

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Mohammed Adam 54’, John Roberts 62’) v Rydalmere Lions 0

Sunday 7 April 2019

at Sydney United Sports Centre

Referee: Sebastian Brennan

Assts: Paddy Reynolds and Logan Jones

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. Jack Greenwood 2. Tate Russell 3. Matthew Cordier 4. Mohammed Al Taay 6. Fabian Monge 7. John Roberts (16. Lochlan Constable 69’) 9. Marley Peterson (22. Thomas Aquilina 89’( 12. Andrea Agamemnonos 14. Mohammed Adam 15. Noah Pagden 19. Daniel Wilmerring (26. Ali Auglah 71’).

Subs not used: 18. Elliot Carwardine 25. Jarrod Carluccio

Yellow Cards: Nil

Rydalmere Lions: 21. Harrick Sinpraseuth 2. Alistair McKie (33. Luke Grima 59’) 4. Simon Valastro 5. Abuzar Awaz 7. Aaron Avery (17. Dillan Kahale 75’) 8. Mitchell Gibbs 9. Hassan Jalloh 11. Frederick Ankumah-Sey (22. Dalibar Malesevic 66’) 14. Edward Stewart 23. Christopher Nunes (c) 58. Matthew Pombart.

Subs not used: 1. Luke Cotton 15. Alhaji Bangura

Yellow Cards: Mitchell Gibbs, Edward Stewart, Luke Grima

Red Card: Luke Grima

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (Richie Darko 64’) v GHFA Spirit 0

Bonnyrigg White Eagles have imposed the first defeat of the season on league leaders Spirit after a closely fought 1-0 win, a second half strike by Richie Darko enough to take all three points, in what was a game of few chances.

After a slow start to the season, the White Eagles are starting to gain the results that many expected prior to the season, and with this, the second of four home games in a row, Bonnyrigg might yet see a further rise up the table.

Spirit were kept scoreless for the first time this season, a credit to the solid Bonnyrigg backline.

Canterbury Bankstown 1 (Jake Bradshaw 90+1’) v Central Coast Mariners Academy 5 (Peter Kekeris 1’, 53’, Dylan Ruiz-Diaz 60’, 86’ Jordan Smylie 79’)

Central Coast Mariners certainly didn’t take long to atone for their midweek mishap.

A 0-4 reverse against St George City FA on Wednesday was erased from their memory in double-quick fashion with a thumping 5-1 victory over Canterbury Bankstown.

It took just one minute for the Mariners to take the lead, Peter Kekeris notching his first of two for the night.

There may have been no change before half time, but as the second half swung into action, the floodgates opened. Kekeris doubled the lead eight minutes after the restart, before Dylan Ruiz-Diaz made it 3-0 on the hour.

There was no coming back from this for the Berries, who conceded a fourth, to Jordan Smylie, before Ruiz-Diaz made it 5-0 four minutes from time.

A late consolation by Jake Bradshaw for Canterbury was just that, a result which the leaves the Berries anchored to the bottom of the table.

Northern Tigers 2 (Josh Swadling pen 19’, own goal 76’) v St George City FA 2

Northern Tigers had to come from behind twice, to snare a share of the points against the visiting St George City FA.

Going a goal down after sixteen minutes, the Tigers were able to draw level within three, Josh Swadling sending the City keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.

But City weren’t perturbed, taking the lead for the second time midway through the opening half.

Just when it was looking that City might take two wins in four days, an own goal with a quarter of an hour left ensured the game finished even.

Hills United 1 (Daniel Fogarty 18’) v Blacktown Spartans 0

Hills United have continued with their impressive early season form with a narrow single goal victory over neighbours Blacktown Spartans.

A goal by Daniel Fogarty after eighteen minutes was enough to seal the victory, his third of the year.

Particularly pleasing will be that this was Hills’ first clean sheet of the season, something coach Patrick Zwaanswijk will take some pride in.

Macarthur Rams 1 (Matthew Trotter) v Mounties Wanderers 3 (Theo Kofinas, Tai Smith, Matthew West)

Mounties Wanderers have made it two wins on the trot with a vital 3-1 victory at Macarthur Rams, the victory lifting Mounties into the top half of the table for the first time this season. And with a game up their sleeves, their rise may not be over yet.

Goals to menacing defender Theo Kofinas, Tai Smith and Matthew West sent the Mounties on their way, while the Rams replied too little too late, a Matthew Trotter goal with four minutes left, a sole response.

North Shore Mariners 1 (Mitchell Smith 32’) v St George 0

In a tight game at Northbridge Oval, North Shore Mariners did enough to take all the points against the visiting St George, a goal on the half hour by Mitchell Smith doing the damage. It was Smith’s sixth goal of the season, a tally which sees him just one goal shy of the league’s top marksman Duncan Stewart.

The win helps North Shore retain third spot, while the reigning champions, with three losses now in a row, sit uncomfortably in twelfth.

Source FNSW website