The top four of National Premier League 2 Womens continue to chug along, as the mid-table rubix cube got much harder with 5th to 9th position all trying to solve the puzzle and be the final member of the top five.
Match of the Round: APIA Leichhardt 2 defeated by Central Coast Mariners 5
Central Coast Mariners laid down an impressive marker, as they handed APIA Leichhardt Tigers their first home loss in three years, 5-2, as Jordan Evans scored four on a cold night at Lambert Park.
The young striker warmed up those supporters that travelled down the highway with her magnificent performance, as she netted twice in the first half before adding two more in the second 45. Goal-scoring fixture Candice Phelan 24th of the season rounded off a dominant performance.
APIA Leichhardt weren’t their usual slick selves as they weren’t able to find their passing rhythm and got themselves two goals through a deflection in the first half while Ash Palombi headed home for her 14th of the season, in the Tigers first loss at home in three years.
Evans was involved in the action early, the attacker had an early chance spurned before she converted for the first of the match. Taking a diagonal ball in stride, Evans burst into the area and finished past APIA keeper Courtney Halpin for 1-nil.
APIA responded immediately in an open first half. Lorena Bugen whipped in a diabolical corner that deflected off one of the Mariners defenders and into the back of the net for 1-1.
The two sides continued to trade efforts as Ash Palombi and Candice Phelan both flayed their chances wide, as the game lived up to the pre-match billing of being an attacking fiesta came to fruition quite early.
In the first half, the ball seemed magnetized to Evans feet. As the half wore on, she had a trifecta of chances where she broke into the box, but couldn’t find the finish as it looked like the half would end in a stalemate.
Although it didn’t. Candice Phelan broke free from the APIA defense, burst into the box and collided with APIA keeper, Halpin which was judged to be dangerous play from the keeper and a spot kick awarded. Evans stepped up and fired low right for a 2-1 score.
Luck favours the brave. Evans completed her hat-trick just before the hour mark, in probably the oddest style – a hopeful punt got caught in the lights which fooled Halpin and made it 3-1 for the visitors, who looked to lock down second place.
APIA tried to respond quickly again, through Karen Saavedra whose header was denied then Ash Palombi turned well before cutting an effort wide of the post, as it looked like it was one of those nights for the Tigers.
Down the other end, Evans continued to strike gold. Speeding down the left, she fooled her defender before sweeping into the box, having her first shot denied by Halpin but she responded quickest to the rebound making it 4-1 and three points for Mariners.
Needing to find three goals in quick succession, APIA pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute for 4-2. Ash Palombi nodded home a header that gave them life. They pushed forward with chances to Lucy Gilfedder and Palombi again, but they thrashed wide.
As APIA needed to throw players forward, Central Coast added a final goal to the tally. Who else but Candice Phelan swept downfield quickly, finished at the second chance for a 5-2 final.
Afterwards a jubilant Dan Barrett praised his Mariners side for a thorough performance as they don’t intend to slow down anytime soon.
“We knew today was going to be tough, we needed a massive effort. Credit to the girls tonight they did that. We’re very dangerous up front which is good for us,”
“We don’t count on losing anytime soon. That is seven straight victories and completing the double over APIA Leichhardt this season, we’re trying to finish as high as we can.” Finished Barrett.
For APIA boss, Matteo Maiorana tonight was a bitter pill to swallow but he hopes it is one that spurs on the home side to not taste the feeling again.
“It was disappointing to lose. We haven’t lost many across the last few years, so it gives them a measuring stick to see if we want to be successful in this division. Credit to Central Coast they played well tonight,”
“We didn’t play well tonight, definitely not enough for a win but I don’t think a 5-2 loss reflected the contest. There were some freak goals that we conceded but we know what needs to be done with a tough run-in if we want to compete.” Finished Maiorana.
Sunday 3rd June 2018 Lambert Park, Marion
Referee: Michelle Allen
Assistant Referees: Santina Wang, Lola Collingbourne
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2 (OG ’13, Palombi ’82)
Central Coast Mariners 5 (Evans ’10, ’46, ’59, ’67, Phelan ’90)
APIA Leichhardt Tigers: 1. HALPIN Courtney, 4. SCARLATO Samantha, 6. GILFEDDER Lucy, 8. CANINI Carla, 11. PALOMBI Ash, 14. WATTS Rebecca (29. SMITH ’64), 15. MANIAS Kylie, 17. URQUHART Sarah, 19. SAAVEDRA Karen (16. BENNETT ’64), 21. CARMICHAEL Nicole, 23. BUGDEN Lorena
Subs not used: 13. SIM-SING Beatrice, 20. MARSH Stephanie, 22. RENFIGO Yadira
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Central Coast Mariners: 1. HINES Rhiannon, 2. BLANCH Gabrielle, 3. SWINFIELD Melissa (25. SNAPE ’48), 4. PHELAN Candice (16. MAH ’91), 5. OLIVEIRA Katie (12. DAVIS ’45), 7. EVANS Jordan, 8. LITTERICK Kirby, 9. EYERS Haylie, 10. MCATEMNEY Jade, 11. SHORTER Elizabeth, 13. MURPHY Kaitlin
Subs not used: 21. TUCKER Mikala, 50. BRADBURY Maddison
Yellow cards: Litterick, Swinfield
Red cards: Litterick ’87
Marconi Stallions 1 defeated by Nepean FC 4
In one of the more surprising results of the season, Nepean FC completely put Marconi Stallions to the sword in a 4-1 victory this afternoon at Marconi Stadium.
Consistency and clinical have been the two buzzwords for Alan Tasses this season, and they definitely were that today. Stefanie Trovato led the way for them with a double, as Nepean FC rocketed out to a 2-nil lead at the break.
Alix Waddell continued her form with another goal while Annie Halls rounded off a performance that left Tasses jubilant, as the women from the foot of the mountains denied a talented Stallions outfit room to play and were clinical in front of goal.
For the Stallions, the result dented their finals chances, they have fallen to seventh, but did find some solace in a goal to youngster Isabella Said in the second half.
Western NSW Mariners 3 defeated Gladesville Ravens 1
Back-to-back successes for Western NSW Mariners has them firmly in the mid-table logjam after a 3-1 performance against the struggling Gladesville Ravens today in Orange.
Mariners coach Josh Ward called it the most complete performance from the side, as they took apart the Ravens side, although they went into the break, only a single goal to the good. Jasmin Courtenay fired home.
In the second, Sarah Morris scored her maiden goal for the Mariners while it was a memorable debut for 14-year old Anna Hunt. The youngster drilled a bullet header past the Ravens keeper in a dominant performance from the home side.
Southern Branch FC 0 defeated by Inter Lions 3
Inter Lions have recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season, as they completed a successful trip down to Nowra, downing Southern Branch 4-nil this afternoon.
The young squad held a single goal lead headed to the break, as Georgia Bourbous smashed home providing more evidence that they have started to gel and putting together a slick brand of football for the second half of the season.
Striker Sarah Mandile struck twice in the second stanza, to complete the scoresheet for the Lions. The victory has them in eighth position, but importantly, within striking distance of Nepean FC that occupy fifth.
St George FC 1 defeated by SD Raiders 4
SD Raiders stretched their advantage over fifth to 7 points after a comfortable 4-1 success against lowly St George FC at the historic St George stadium today.
For much of the contest, it seemed to be a personal contest between Logan Garard and Samantha Nagy for most sublime goal of the afternoon. Both the attackers scored long range bombs that flew past Saints keeper, who had pulled off some impressive saves across the 90 minutes.
The two strikers picked up doubles in SD Raiders third straight victory which Matt Constantini praised as Garard’s best performance this season. He also singled out Saints Marissa Nicopoulos as a star performer in the losing side.
St George FC did find themselves on the scoresheet, as Lara Nicholls netted her fourth goal of the season on another unsuccessful afternoon for the Saints.
UNSW FC 0 defeated by Sydney Olympic FC 8
In a season filled with spectacular performance, Lieke Bever might have topped the lot. Her six-goal performance powered Sydney Olympic FC to their twelfth victory against a hapless UNSW FC today at Valentine Sports Park.
Sydney Olympic FC shot out to a 4-nil half-time lead on a glorious afternoon at football headquarters. Lieke Bever netted herself a first half hat-trick while Kristy Rohrer added the other as the premiers flexed their muscle.
They continued their assault in the second half, Bever completed a second hat-trick to shoot past the double digits in goals for the season, as last year’s golden boot, Madelaine Costanzo completed the scoring in a one-sided affair.
Source FNSW website - By Justin Davies