Goals. Goals. Goals were the theme of the weekend as 42 found the net across the six National Premier Leagues 2 Women’s competition.
Match of the Round: St George FC vs Nepean FC
Nepean FC put the mistakes of the last two weeks behind them as they thrashed St George FC 8-nil in this weekend’s Match of the Round at St George Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The scoring was shared evenly between the Nepean side, as Alix Waddell and Erin Connell netted braces supported superbly by a superb strike from youngster Imogen Lane that shot them to a 3-nil half-time lead.
Coach Alan Tasses preached discipline as Nepean FC kept the foot on the throat and added five more goals in the second half. Those included a return to scoring for Stefanie Trovato while Bianca Galayini and Aisling Davidson also found the back of the net.
The first fifteen minutes of the match, saw the Nepean side guilty of being wasteful of their chances. Galayini and Connell had some prime chances to open the scoring but couldn’t find the target.
Erin Connell found the cure for their wastefulness in the 16th minute. A delightful cross from the returning defender Desiree Vassallo allowed the striker to slide in at the near post to make it 1-nil.
Nepean FC continued to thrust forward as Imogen Lane was denied by a brave leg save from Saints shotstopper Selen Santoro. The youngster wasn’t to be denied a second time though.
Lane found a pocket of space on the right-hand side, strode forward and unleashed a shot that sailed through the clear blue skies above St George Stadium and left Santoro frozen to the spot as the visitors made it 2-nil.
The Saints worked themselves into the contest and fired their first effort through Leanne Sharp. She whistled an effort within range but it sailed harmlessly wide.
Nepean FC completed the first half with a surprise third goal. Energetic midfielder Galayini was gifted enough space which she gleefully accepted floating in a cross that fooled everyone making it 3-nil to them going into the break.
In the second half, it was all Nepean FC. Five minutes after the restart, Stephanie Haaring released Connell down the right wing well, the striker completed her brace with a powerful effort that arrowed into the net.
Tasses sent on the dynamic duo of Stefanie Trovato and Britney Pelle to remind the visitors to keep focus for the whole 90. Trovato almost made an instant impact as she cut inside before rifling an effort just wide of the post.
Waddell scored her first as the shade started to engulf St George Stadium when two-goal hero Connell cushioned the ball for the forward to knock home as they made it five.
Trovato got herself a goal in the 68th minute with a well-placed finish before Nepean FC brought out the party tricks. Their sixth and seventh were chips of differing varieties as Waddell spied Santoro off her line and chipped her before Aisling Davidson completed the rout with a late free-kick.
Afterwards Nepean FC coach Alan Tasses was delighted for a comfortable result after the frustrating finishes of the last few weeks.
“It was a lot better today. The girls stayed disciplined for the whole ninety as it would be easy to have gone away from that after going into the break, up 3-nil,”
“We spoke about that pre-game, the girls had lacked the discipline in previous weeks and it was good to do that this afternoon,”
“Being able to bring on someone like [Stefanie] Trovato shows that the club has some serious depth which will allow them to possibly challenge this season.” Finished Tasses.
For Mark Cupitt and St George FC it was another disappointing afternoon which hopefully rock bottom for them and they rebound next weekend.
Sunday 8th April 2018
St George Stadium, Rockdale
Referee: T Brown
Assistant Referees: J Garcia and A Phipps
St George FC 0
Nepean FC 8 (Connell ’18, ’50 Lane ’33 Galayini ’36 Waddell ’66, ’72 Davidson ’90 Trovato ’68)
St George FC: 3. SMITH Carla, 6. BENNETT Amy, 10. RENFIGO Yadira (18. REGAN ’58), 11. ORR Helen (24. MARJANOVIC ’83), 12. ABEL Danielle, 15. HA Grace (16. NICHOLLS ’45), 20. SANTORO Selen, 21. DANES Tyler (28. CUPITT ’78), 29. SHARP Leanne, 30. WEBSTER Hayley (8. SHRESTHA ’67), 33. DIAVATIOTIS Jasmine
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Nepean FC: 1. BARTELS Danielle, 3. DAVIDSON Aisling, 4. CONNELL Erin (26. CLARKE ’69), 6. BALLARD Monique, 7. HAARING Stephanie (9. PELLE ’58), 8. LANE Imogen (21. TROVATO ’58), 10. GALAYINI Bianca (2. JACKSON ’72), 11. STEDMAN Madeline, 12. WADDELL Alix (20. MALAS ’87), 13. VASSALLO Desiree, 15. WHEELER Cassandra
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Central Coast Mariners 8 defeated Western NSW Mariners FC 1
In the Mariners derby it was the coastal variety that showed a clinical edge as they breezed past Western NSW Mariners this afternoon.
One again, Candice Phelan topped the charts with a four-goal haul to take her season tally into double digits. Melissa Swinfield treated herself to a double in a five-star first half for the Mariners.
The Mariners continued to push forward as Jordan Evans and Jade Mcatamney completed the scoresheet as the Coast head the chasing pack in second after five weeks.
On a forgettable afternoon for Western NSW Mariners, Teegan Courtney scored her fifth goal in as many games for some consolation.
SD Raiders 12 defeated Southern Branch FC 0
In a weekend filled with big scorelines this was one to send a message as SD Raiders demolished Southern Branch FC at Ernie Smith Reserve.
Six goal hauls are a rare occurrence much like a shooting star. On a bright afternoon Samantha Nagy soared through the Southern Branch FC defense on several occasions to confirm the haul and launch her into the top goal-scorer discussion.
Cassidy Chidgey got herself a hat-trick making it eight goals for the season while Logan Garard, Jessica Fallah and Tamara Skinner sent the Raiders faithful home happy. The back to back victories that sees them join a whole host of sides in equal second position.
Marconi Stallions 5 defeated UNSW FC 1
The Stallions hot scoring form continued as they downed ten-woman UNSW FC 5-1 this afternoon at Marconi Stadium.
In a tightly packed mid-table, Marconi joined the congestion with their victory. Since their opening round defeat to Sydney Olympic FC, the Stallions have piled on 15 goals since.
Ceyda Cambaz got herself a brace for the home side while Jessica Beale continued her fine form with another goal making it three in consecutive weeks for the striker.
Rounding out the Stallions scoring was Crystal Richardson and Summar Richardson. For UNSW despite being reduced to ten after Tahlia Hanslow’s red card, Harley Johnston gave them some solace with her second half strike.
Gladesville Ravens 1 defeated Inter Lions SC 0
We have a new contender as a tightly contested single goal win saw Gladesville Ravens propel themselves right into the conversation at Christie Park this afternoon.
In contrast to most of the contests this weekend, this game was close and not decided until late in the second half. Annalise Schiraldi netted her third goal of the season that gave the home side all three points.
The Ravens have found their feet in National Premier Leagues 2 after a stuttering first season and have built themselves the perfect platform to launch for the rest of the season.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 3 drew with Sydney Olympic FC 3
APIA Leichhardt Tigers may have earned themselves a new nickname as the ‘cardiac kids’ after a frantic three-all draw against Sydney Olympic FC under the bright lights at Lambert Park.
The Tigers held a surprising 2-1 lead at the break after a brace of goals from Ashleigh Palombi after the visitors had dominated the first twenty minutes. Olympic FC would fnp; [,+ind a route back into the contest from a spot kick as the two sides caught their breath at the break.
After the break, the game turned into a swinging pendulum as an unfortunate own goal from Sam Scarlato brought Olympic level then the premiers turned to their sharpshooter, Madelaine Costanzo, who fired them into the lead, destined for victory.
The Tigers dug deep after Olivia Hardaker was shown a red and remarkably found a late equaliser through Jess Martinez. That late goal meant the points were shared in a superb and scintillating encounter to round off a weekend of goals.
Source FNSW - By Justin Davies