Round 20 – National Premier Leagues 2 Womens Review

There was plenty of goals to go around over the weekend in the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s competition, 24 scored across the six games to be exact.

A weekend which provided sublime winter conditions, as the intriguing battle for fifth and third continued.

Gladesville Ravens 4 defeated St George FC 0

Gladesville Ravens continue to cling onto fifth position as they brushed aside a gallant St George FC 4-nil Sunday afternoon at Christie Park.

Back to back victories for the Ravens came with another magnificent performance from Emily Diaz. Gladesville’s main woman scored a brace in each half as the home side recorded their tenth victory of the season, maintaining their single point lead over Nepean FC.

Coming into the backend of the season, Gladesville Ravens come into the finals with the much-fabled momentum and possibly can snatch fourth, if SD Raiders slip up in both of their final games, so we’re set for a fun final fortnight.

Inter Lions 2 defeated SD Raiders 1

The taste of victory must be sweet for Inter Lions, as they picked up their first three points in a while, with a comeback 2-1 success against a frustrated SD Raiders at Concord Oval this afternoon.

SD Raiders gave themselves the perfect start as Logan Garard struck in the first 45 minutes to hand them the half-time lead. Matt Constantini remained frustrated, as his side dominated the contest but much like recent weeks, couldn’t finish them off.

Missing a huge chunk of his goals through injury has cruelled SD Raiders but Constanini remained positive that the character in the squad might serve them well in the finals series, although he needs to find a regular goal scorer to threaten.

Credit goes to Inter Lions. A young side stuck to their task, continued to play the Lions style football and remained disciplined. Kirilee Cook reaped the rewards as the striker bagged a pair of goals in the second half comeback to spread some smiles on the Lions dials going into the final few weeks.

Western NSW Mariners 0 defeated by Nepean FC 2

Nepean FC battled hard in a tough contest with a pair of first half goals sending them back down the highway, 2-nil victors against Western NSW Mariners.

Stefanie Trovato and Britney Pelle were the two to find the net, as Nepean FC keep up their chase of Gladesville Ravens in fifth, trailing them by a single point. The last month of intense football might have taken a toll on Nepean as they weren’t their usual fluid selves but got the job done.

Alan Tasses was pleased to take three more points as he admitted that Nepean FC were a bit flat on Sunday afternoon,

“It is always positive to come back from Mudgee with the points despite a below par performance.”

Marconi Stallions 2 defeated by Central Coast Mariners 4

Finals football might be a bridge too far now for Marconi as they fell 4-2 to a vibrant Central Coast Mariners side in a goal fest at Marconi Stadium.

The struggling Stallions found the net first through the aptly named Kristy Hope then the Mariners machine kicked into gear. Melissa Swinfield equalised for the yellow and navy right on the half hour mark before Candice Phelan’s 35th of the season handed them a 2-1 lead.

From there, Mariners stretched their lead to two goals twice, once through Iona Snape’s 55th minute strike then the youngster completed her brace to complete the 4-2 score line. For Marconi, pulled one back via Hannah Voloder but couldn’t make that final push for a point.

Mariners coach Dan Barrett once again praised his side for “riding out the storm against a desperate Marconi side then once we took the lead, it was complete control” as the boss now prepares for a mid-week top two battle with Sydney Olympic FC.

Sydney Olympic FC 10 defeated Southern Branch FC 1

Sydney Olympic move their streak to 19 games as they put Southern Branch FC to the sword, hammering the bottom placed side 10-1 on a beautiful afternoon at Peter Moore Field.

Lieke De Bever couldn’t have scripted a better performance. The striker took over the golden boot lead after a massive eight goal haul, taking her season total to 37, two ahead of Candice Phelan with those two set to clash in a mid-week fixture.

Sandwiched between the goal glut from Olympic’s main striker was a brace for Danielle Calvi in the first half that helped the home side to a commanding 6-1 lead at the break. Calvi has quietly become a handy third option for Olympic with 14 goals herself in their undefeated season thus far.

For Southern Branch FC, after their courageous performances in recent weeks, they walked into a buzzsaw in regards to the competition leaders. They did find themselves a goal and some consolation is their final two games being on home soil.

UNSW FC 0 defeated by APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2

The corner has been turned for APIA Leichhardt Tigers. Another compelling display saw them run out 2-nil winners against UNSW FC in this weekend’s late kick-off at Heffron Synthetic Field.

Missing two critical members of their squad in Ash Palombi and Carla Canini, APIA weren’t phased as they set about their task. Christina Ferreyra continued her purple patch of form with a first half goal to send the visitors in a goal to the good.

Not content to sit on their lead, APIA put together a sweeping attacking movement reminiscent of their earlier season from. Sarah Urquhart was at the center of the move and played a fantastic through ball for APIA captain, Lucy Gilfedder to tuck underneath the goalkeeper for 2-nil.

That result moves the Tigers into third position, confirms their stated goal for the season which was to make finals football, and following their blip a few weeks back, now are primed for a shot at the championship.

Source FNSW website - By Justin Davies