ROUND 14 – NPL 2 NSW WOMEN’S REVIEW

While it rained across Sydney, it also rained goals in the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Womens competition.

Twenty-nine goals were put into the net across five matches as the Match of the Round was washed out. Both Sydney Olympic FC and Central Coast Mariners remain top while there was breakthrough wins for St George FC, Nepean FC and Inter Lions.

Inter Lions 4 defeated Marconi Stallions 1

Inter Lions move themselves into sole possession of sixth position, after a tough 4-1 success against a well-drilled Marconi Stallions side at Concord Oval on Sunday.

The Lions started slow but once they got their footing in the contest, Inter took control. Kirilee Cook was once again starred for them, the striker slotted home the first, as Zoe Zaczek and Sarah Mandile helped them a 3-1 half-time lead.

Cook completed her brace in a barren second half while Hannah Voloder fired home her fifth of the season for Marconi. The Stallions are starting to lose touch with the fifth placed Nepean FC, and the rest of the midfield.

Afterwards Lions coach Danny Abboud praised the effort to take down a quality Stallions side but also warned that during this upturn in form, the side can’t allow themselves to get a big head as there is still plenty of the season to go.

Nepean FC 2 defeated UNSW FC 0

This might be the consistency that Alan Tasses has been speaking of, Nepean FC put together solid back-to-back performances in a 2-nil victory against a fading UNSW FC side.

Nepean FC looked much more like the side that Tasses imagined in the pre-season. They moved the ball well, creating a host of chances against the students, even crashing three efforts against the crossbar that could’ve swelled the score-line.

Imogen Lane opened the scoring with her sixth of the season, as the youngster continues to combine well up top with the experienced Stefanie Trovato. Alix Waddell got their second in a first half salvo that settled the contest.

That result gives Nepean FC some breathing space in fifth place, they remain two points ahead of the chasing pack, and Tasses hopes that these two performances can be a springboard to a good run of performances headed into the post season.

Western NSW Mariners 1 defeated by St George FC 3

The Saints are coming! St George FC have broken the drought, springing the upset Sunday afternoon in Orange, defeating Western NSW Mariners 3-1.

All the goals for the Saints came in the first half. Emily Upstone, Tyler Danes and Marissa Nicopoulos wer the heroes for the team in red-and-white as they register their first win in National Premier League 2 Womens and put some space between them and Southern Branch FC.

It was a disappointing thud back to earth for Western NSW Mariners. They came into this game off back-to-back victories but they didn’t play to their usual standard – Meaghan Kempson tallied their lone goal in a loss that puts them back into the pack.

For St George it was celebration times for the Saints. Their coach Mark Cuppit was delighted for the team that their hard work was rewarded in finding three points in what has been, a downbeat season for the side.

Southern Branch FC 1 defeated by Central Coast Mariners 7

Central Coast Mariners continue on their merry way with another goal-filled contest against a stubborn Southern Branch FC on a cool afternoon down in Nowra.

While the scoreline might suggest a one-sided affair, Southern Branch FC held their own against the second placed, Mariners, they equalised through Shaylee Meehan after Iona Snape opened the scoring.

From there it was all Mariners. Georgia Davis got herself a brace, as did Candice Phelan to put her tally for the season to 27 as Gabrielle Blanch and Grace Bryant finished the scoring.

Mariners coach Dan Barrett praised the business-like approach they had to the contest, and even without a trio of players as they look to be fresh for the room home. Barrett also heaped some praise on the improvement of the home side since their first clash.

Sydney Olympic FC 7 defeated Gladesville Ravens 3

Valentine Sports Park played host to a football fiesta, as Sydney Olympic FC remain undefeated in a ten-goal bonanza against a struggling Gladesville Ravens side.

Lieke Bever once again dominated the scoresheet, the striker fired home five goals as Olympic made it 12 wins for the season, as they still look to be the side to beat in National Premier League 2 Womens coming into the finals.

Last year;s golden boot Madelaine Costanzo and Kristy Kunovski rounded out the Olympic scoresheet on a wonderful afternoon of football. Gladesville Ravens had some joy themselves as they found the net three times which is their best return in a few weeks.

SD Raiders vs APIA Leichhardt Tigers was washed out

-By Justin Davies