Round 8 – National Premier League 2 NSW Women’s Review

The status quo remained in National Premier League 2 Womens as the top four all recorded victories that saw them create some distance between the chasing pack, on another exciting weekend of football.

Match of the Round: Marconi Stallions 0 defeated by APIA Leichhardt Tigers 1

Marconi Stallions played one of their best games of the seasons but go away empty-handed after an 83rd minute Ash Palombi goal gave the undefeated Tigers the victory this afternoon at Marconi Stadium.

The Stallions dominated the first half, as they peppered Stephanie Marsh, the APIA custodian but remarkably the two sides went into the break scoreless. APIA looked much more like their fluid selves in the second half and broke the Stallions hearts late on.

Goal scoring wizard Ash Palombi popped up with seven minutes to go, from a corner, and prodded home to keep APIA on the tails of Olympic FC, and still undefeated.

Two sides riding high off their recent successes took to Marconi Stadium confident of continuing their streaks. The Stallions settled first and almost found an opener.

Demelza Howard had so much room for activities as the forward strode confidently into space and rattled the crossbar in the 13th minute.

Stallions captain Hannah Voloder was in everything in the first 45, the defender was given room service delivery from Jessica Beale, but the defender sliced her effort wide.

The hits kept on coming for APIA. Beale thudded a header against the keeper before the rebound fell back to the striker as she arrowed wide, the Stallions pressing vigourously to find an opening.

While under pressure, the Tigers still found moments of magic. Jennifer Bennett bustled into space for a rare opportunity but she took the effort early and it fell tamely to the Stallions keeper.

Frustration started to seep in for the Stallions. Voloder dragged another effort wide before Beale repeated Howard’s effort of rattling the bar just after half-time.

Maiorana urged his Tigers forward, but the chances fell to the Stallions time after time. Vanessa Hoff probably had the best chance of the entire game on 71 minutes.

Hoff was found perfectly in the box by a cross that just needed contact, she went with the knee and it looked to float into the net before Marsh stretched her hands enough to pluck the ball out of the air, maintaining the deadlock.

It seemed that it was going to be a fruitless afternoon for both teams. APIA sent on Christina Ferreyra and Matt Turvey urged his Marconi side forward, as one goal would settle the game.

That goal would come in the 83rd minute. In the scrappiest of circumstances, Ash Palombi found enough space in the box to turn home the ball and take the honours in what their coach, Matteo Maiorana, admitted was the great escape.

“I was praying at half-time and thankful it was nil-all. It also gave us a chance to change a few things up in formation and play style,” admitted a sheepish Maiorana.

“To be honest, we didn’t deserve three points this afternoon. But the girls work hard on their defense, and we showed the heart and commitment to get something out of it.” Finished the APIA manager.

For Matt Turvey and Marconi, they will be bitterly disappointed to take anything from this afternoon’s contest but still have positive sides going forward.

MATCH STATS

Sunday 29th April 2018

Marconi Stadium, Bossley Park

Referee: Peter Desillas

Assistant Referees: Berat Yaman & Alexandria Akeern

Marconi Stallions 0

APIA Leichhardt Tigers 1 (Palombi ’87)

Marconi Stallions: 1. MAGGIO Kira, 2. VOLODER Hannah, 4. CONNORS Mia, 9. HOWARD Demelza (31. MANNA ’78), 10. VOLODER Emma, 12. CIABATTI Vanessa, 13. BEALE Jessica, 14. LAURIC Amanda, 15. WALTON Talie (26. BOLZAN ’62), 19. HOFF Vanessa, 25. RICHARDSON Crystal (27. HOPE ’55)

Subs not used: 20. CLARK Emily PARKER Angelina

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

APIA Leichhardt Tigers: 4. SCARLATO Samantha, 6. GILFEDDER Lucy, 8. CANINI Carla (21. CARMICHAEL ’59), 11. PALOMBI Ashleigh, 13. SIM-SING Marie, 14. WATTS Rebecca (17. URQUHART ’59), 15. MANIAS Kylie, 16. BENNETT Jennifer, 18. MARTINEZ Jessica (9. FERREYRA ’64), 19. SAAVEDRA Karen (12. LATHAM ’87), 30. MARSH Stephanie

Subs not used: 27. SIMMONS Nicola

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Inter Lions 0 defeated by Central Coast Mariners 1

Not all victories are created equal. Central Coast were made to dig deep to overcome a fiesty Inter Lions side 1-nil at Concord Oval.

The Mariners were Phelan fine as the striker drilled home her fifteenth of the season in an open first half in a contest that the Mariners determined to win ugly in a tough contest and take three important points on the road.

Afterwards Inter Lions coach Danny Abboud paid tribute to the work done at the Mariners, by Dan Barrett and his team, as they built a slick side that is worthy of their position of third after eight completed rounds.

Abboud also gave thanks to Inter Lions, as the experienced coach has started to see some fruit bear from his work at the club, since late last year.

Nepean FC 1 defeated by SD Raiders 2

Football can be decided by such slim margins, as Nepean FC found out in their close loss to a youthful SD Raiders on a crisp afternoon at Cook Park.

The football gods can have a wicked sense of humour, so it wasn’t a sublime piece of skill or individual brilliance that opened the scoring. It was the prolific own goal that gave SD Raiders the lead before Bianca Galayini equalised for Nepean FC before the halftime break.

Young winger Rhea D’Mello settled the contest for SD Raiders in the second half with her first goal of the season, as the visitors rebounded superbly from their slim defeat last weekend while Nepean FC tumbled into mid-table.

Both coaches came out of the game happy as Raiders boss Constantini applauded the character of the side against a tough opponent in Nepean FC while Tasses was happy with the effort all-round from the home side.

Southern Branch FC 1 defeated by Gladesville Ravens 5

Gladesville Ravens consolidated fourth place, posting their biggest win of the season in a 5-1 success in Nowra this afternoon.

The Ravens raced out to a 3-1 lead at the break, Alex Beattie, Annalise Schiraldi and Emma-Douglas Oliveira. After the break, Schiraldi and Oliveira completed braces as the visitors ran out convincing winners.

For Southern Branch, captain Brittany Anderson fired home an effort in the first half which gave them some joy on another losing afternoon for the southernmost NPL2 womens side.

Sydney Olympic 4 defeated Western NSW Mariners 0

Sydney Olympic FC kept their title rivals at arm’s length after a routine 4-nil victory against Western NSW Mariners this afternoon at Peter Moore Field.

The premiers romped home, despite their coach Bill Papas admitting it was an “off afternoon” for Olympic FC. Lieke Bever opened the scoring before own goal popped up again to make it 2-nil as Olympic rolled to their fourth straight victory.

Kristy Rohrer and Danielle Calvi completed the scoring in a game where Olympic had the glut of possession. Papas conceded that his side should’ve been more clinical in front of the net.

That will be of little comfort to Western NSW Mariners. The loss snapped a two-game win streak as the Mariners swing wildly between victory and defeat which has them mired right in the bottom half of the table.

UNSW FC 3 defeated St George FC 0

Rounding out an entertaining weekend of football, UNSW FC strode to a 3-nil triumph against a game St George FC, under the lights at Hensley Athletic Field.

Waking up students at the best of times can be a tough job, but the home side were pepped up from the beginning tonight. Paige Ayton slotted home in rainy conditions to make it 1-nil at the break.

The Saints perked up at the start of the second half and pushed back against UNSW FC. Once the students stemmed that tide, Sarah Blaydon and Alice Kreisler added a further two goals to put away the visitors.

Source FNSW website - By Justin Davies