In what shaped as an intriguing round SD Raiders FC earned a hard fought away win against Mt Druitt Rangers FC while Western NSW Mariners won a topsy-turvy game against St George FC while UNSW thumped Parramatta FC.
Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC 1(Stefanie Trovato 53’) vs SD Raiders FC 4(Nicole Monti x2, Caterina Moio,Niqui Caridad), 3pm Sunday May 7th at Popondetta Park
In what proved to be an entertaining encounter, SD Raiders FC continued their unbeaten start to the year as they won a hard fought contest against a resilient and tough Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC outfit.
In what at times was a quite physical contest, both teams looked to attack and create chances as SD Raiders looked to keep atop of the ladder.
SD Raiders clinical finishing proved to be the difference between both teams as 4 set pieces proved to be the undoing of Mt Druitt.
Mt Druitt though were not without their own chances and on another day could have scored more than just the solitary goal.
SD Raiders coach Catherine Cannuli conceded her team started very strongly but did drop away in the second half as Mt Druitt grew into the contest.
Overall though Cannuli was happy with the performance of her team as they find themselves well positioned as they go into the bye before facing Parramatta in a fortnights time.
Mt Druitt technical Director Danny Abboud was pleased with his team’s performance regardless of the score as they were unable to finish a string of chances which came their way especially in the second half.
The clinical nature of SD Raiders proved to be the major difference between both teams which again has them well placed to be fighting for major honours at the end of the year.
UNSW 7(C.Christopher x3, N.Zwahlen, L.Campbell, C.Lucantonio, T.Nolan) vs Parramatta FC, 3pm Sunday May 7th at David Phillips Complex
UNSW continued Parramatta FC’s horror start to the year as they hammered home 7 unanswered goals.
In what proved to be a one sided contest, UNSW asserted their authority from the opening whistle and did not let up. C.Christopher helped herself to a hat-trick as 4 other different goals scores rounded out the scoring.
UNSW coach Renato Jelen was pleased with his teams performance which keeps them in touch with the leaders while for Parramatta the result continued a poor run of results to start the year as they still wait to register their first point of the 2017 season.
Western NSW Mariners FC 3(Jasmin Courtenay 35’,50’,60’) vs St George FC 2( Amy Bennett 15’, Ashley Miller 23’), 3pm Sunday May 7th at Jack Brabham Park
In a highly entertaining and absorbing contest Western NSW Mariners FC claimed the three points against St George FC after coming back from 2-0 down to clinch a 3-2 win.
In a game of two halves St George FC started the brighter of the teams and grabbed a deserved lead on the 15th minute mark through Amy Bennett.
They then doubled the lead on 23 minutes via the boot of Ashley Miller as St George threatened to run riot.
Western NSW Mariners FC though got themselves back into the contest in the 35th minute as Jasmin Courtenay hit one from 30 yards to halve the deficit. Western Mariners were lifted by that goal as they ran out the first half strongly.
The equaliser duly arrived just after the half time break as Jasmin Courtenay scored her second as the game began to become an arm wrestle.
Western NSW took the lead for the first time in the 60th minute as Jasmin Courtenay completed her hat trick as she was first to react from a Mariners corner.
St George did have chances to draw level as with the best opportunity falling to Amy Bennett who was denied one on one.
In the end the Mariners held out leaving St George coach Carlo Tini frustrated with a game that got away from his team.
“We missed too many goals in front, simple”.
Western NSW Mariners coach Jason Payne was in contrast delighted with his teams ability to come back after finding themselves down early.
The Mariners ability to control the ball in the second half went a long way in helping them achieve victory against a very tough and competitive St George outfit.
-By Sebastian Kalos