Round 5 Review – National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s

As another fantastic weekend of action is put into the books. Gladesville Ravens and Sutherland Shire FA remain unbeaten whilst there were some huge wins for some of the chasing pack as the National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s competition delivered again. Let’s get onto the review!

Match of the Round: SD Raiders 2 defeated UNSW FC 1

SD Raiders FC rebounded in fine fashion, defeating UNSW FC 2-1 in an open contest at Ernie Smith Reserve in our Match of the Round this week.

The home side admitted they were overawed by their opponents last week. This week there was no affliction, as they scored in each half through Alexandra Vousden and a confident Sarah Mandile finish to record the three points against UNSW FC in a contest where they looked much more themselves.

It was sadly déjà vu for Alex Nolan’s side. UNSW FC were in the contest for much of it, equalising through Grace McCormick in the first half. It came down to a moment though, as they switched off again and it cost them, at least, a point.

Both sides took their time to settle into the contest. UNSW FC opted to try to play down the flanks which brought the first goalmouth action which was gobbled up by SD Raiders keeper Natasha Pentecost.

It was from SD Raider’s first set-piece, the contest opened up. The visitors failed to clear their lines from a corner as it fell invitingly to Alexandra Vousden. She chipped a gorgeous ball over the top of UNSW FC keeper Nadine Knight, making 1-nil to the home side.

The best chances in the first stanza fell to SD Raider’s striker, Sarah Mandile. The tall presence was almost played in from a defensive header but swerved wide then followed up with a curler that snuck wide of the left-hand post after some swift build up.

UNSW FC continued to probe each flank. Jenaya Goodacre and Tahlia Hanslow did some superb work to put in some teased balls that caused some havoc in the SD Raiders box. They just couldn’t find the final ball to equalise.

Right after the half hour mark, they found the solution. Sinead Hayes burnt down the left side before she delivered a precise ball into the area, which Grace McCormick tapped home, making it 1-1 on the night.

The chances dried up in the remainder of the first half. Hannah-Rose Davey turned well in the box before she forced Knight into a tough save that couldn’t be followed up. For UNSW FC, McCormick broke free but didn’t wrap her foot around the shot as the whistled signaled the break, at 1-1.

SD Raiders dominated the first portion of the second half. They kept the ball well, angling for an opening. The only chance came through Mandile, the striker popped up on the right to fizz a shot wide in the 53rd minute.

Again, the duo of Mandile and Davey created the best chances for the home side. Davey opened up the chance which fell finally to Mandile, who blasted the ball over. SD Raiders were knocking harshly on the door.

The introduction of Jessie Kuang gave UNSW FC new life. She delivered a wonderful ball which fell onto the head of fellow substitute Miranda Summersby-Mitchell. The attacker couldn’t crane her neck enough to force the header home.

In a tight contest, the game was decided on a moment of mastery from Kirilee Cook. She spied the run between the lines of Mandile, stroked a pass through the middle of the UNSW defence. The precise pass put Mandile on-goal and the striker atoned for the misses and made it 2-1.

Again, the best chance for UNSW came through Kuang. She created some panic in the SD Raiders defense with her cutting cross, but none of the present attackers for UNSW could turn the ball home, and Pentecost claimed.

SD Raiders had two late chances to extend their lead. Courtney Krope bent an effort wide in the 81st before Samantha Muscat befell a similar fate with her chance in stoppage time. It didn’t matter as the home side held on for a precious victory.

A content Terry Gray, SD Raiders coach, was buoyed by the improved performance from his side this weekend and paid credit to their resolve to bounce back in such style.

“I think we were intimidated last week. We decided that wouldn’t happen this week, take the game to the opposition and not get trapped in our area. It worked well in such a tight game and we played some great football.” he said.

“We had the potential for a larger win, but three points is three points. The girls are happy with the performance and it’s onwards and upwards for us.” finished Gray.

The frustration continues to build for UNSW FC coach Alex Nolan. Once again, he was annoyed with a few moments of madness which cost his side, but overall remained positive.

“It’s the same every week for us. We’re dominating teams but not getting the reward. We switched off for one second, conceded a ball over the top and it hurt us.” he said.

“I was really proud with how the girl’s played though, I thought we dominated and were the better side. We aren’t clinical enough in front of goal. In defense, we were good but one counter attack and it changed the contest.” finished Nolan.

Match Stats

Sunday 7 April 2019

Ernie Smith Reserve, Moorebank

Referee: Byrand Mitio

Assistant Referees: Jessica Di Bartolo & Michelle Hilton

SD Raiders FC 2 (Vousden ‘8, Mandile ‘75)

UNSW FC 1 (McCormick ‘32)

SD Raiders: 1. PENTECOST Natasha, 3. SHERMAN Morgan (32. KROPE ‘66), 5. DAVEY Hannah-Rose, 6. DENNIS Rebecca, 9. BAUDANA Tara (27. S. MUSCAT ‘83), 10. MCGRATH Christina, 11. COOK Kirilee, 12. HANKIN Brooke (15. PAVLICEVIC ‘66), 13. MATEFFY Kate (14. CASSAR ‘70), 16. MANDILE Sarah, 30. VOUSDEN Alexandra

Unused subs: 17. MUSCAT Rihanna

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

UNSW FC: 1. KNIGHT Nadine, 3. HANSLOW Tahlia, 6. BROWNING Rebecca (2. SUMMERSBY-MITCHELL ‘66), 10. NG Amy, 13. GOODACRE Jenaya (21. SUTHERLAND ‘80, 14. HAYES Sinead, 15. MCCORMICK Grace (8. READ ‘73), 18. BURNS Gabrielle (33. KUANG ‘62), 25. MADEISKY Erin, 30. O’ROURKE Alexandra (22. ADAM ‘77), 36. REISIN Saskia

Yellow cards: Nolan

Red cards: nil

Western NSW Mariners 2 defeated St George FC 1

Home form continues to be a boone for Western NSW Mariners. They notched up a close 2-1 success against St George FC in the early kick-off today at Marjorie Jackson Field.

Poorsha McPhillamy gave them the perfect start as they searched for back-to-back victories for the first-time season. The midfielder fired home her first goal of the season to hand the Mariners a slight 1-nil advantage at the break.

The Saints not wanting a repeat of their heavy loss last week, gave a good account of themselves across the contest, snatched a goal through Emily Upstone. The points would stay with Western NSW as Teegan Courtney slotted home their second goal.

Josh Ward was delighted for the three points which puts the Mariners in the top five. He also lauded their defense for their improvement and might step up some finishing practice to make for a calmer finish next weekend.

Southern Branch FC 0 defeated by Sutherland Shire FA 7

Sutherland Shire FA flexed their muscles in a sublime 7-nil victory against Southern Branch FC on a picturesque day at South Nowra Football Complex.

The visitors continued their unbeaten start to the season with another huge scoreline with some familiar names appearing on the scoresheet. Captain Jordan Baker and Jess Meads both picked up braces with last week’s hat-trick hero Brittany Christie notched one.

Shire FA rounded off their fourth win of the season with Maddison Farmer and Georgia Manos both scoring, the latter with her first of the season, as Shire FA continue to push Gladesville Ravens at the top of the table.

For the home side, they couldn’t back up the massive performance from last week’s victory but they didn’t disgrace themselves against one of the sides that will be battling for top honours this season. Keeper Jaime Griffin pulled off some good saves to prevent the score reaching double figures.

Inter Lions 1 defeated by Gladesville Ravens 3

Near. Far. Wherever they are. The unbeaten streak continues for Gladesville Ravens. The latest was a 3-1 success at Concord Oval against Inter Lions today.

Like the Canadian pop singer, the Ravens hope to have the staying power across the 2019 season. If Emily Diaz continues her form in front of goal. She nabbed another goal tonight alongside Annalise Schiraldi, another fixture on the scoresheet currently.

On her return to her club, Zoe Zaczek also scored for the Ravens as they remain top of the NPL2 NSW Women’s competition. For Inter Lions, Natasha Camporeale found a second half consolation goal to give them some joy.

Marconi Stallions 4 defeated Central Coast Mariners 1

The Stallions galloped back into form with a terrific 4-1 display at Marconi Stadium against a wounded Central Coast Mariners this afternoon.

It was a blistering performance from the home side. They scored twice in the first half through Jasmin Courtenay, both in the first half hour before the Mariners responded with Jade McAtemney for a 2-1 half-time score.

Marconi brushed off conceding with a further two scores after the break. Jessica Beale and Emma Voloder opened up their account in a victory which puts the Stallions into sixth position after the weekend.

Dan Barrett was disappointed to lose, but the Mariners boss remained upbeat about his young charges despite their injury woes: “We are missing a lot of quality through injury. Marconi did well and deserved the points. My young side tried their best and it’s all I ask.”

Nepean FC 2 drew with APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2

In a fascinating night cap to the round, Nepean FC showed their mettle in a frantic 2-2 draw against a frustrated APIA Leichhardt Tigers side tonight at Cook Park.

This game was the second of a huge three game stretch for Nepean FC, and once again, they developed a plan that helped them deal with APIA’s massive attacking threat. Lauren Gaul again popped up with a goal while Stefanie Trovato swept home the other, as they remained compact to seal the point.

APIA will be frustrated to drop two points after two positive performances in the last fortnight. They found the back of the net through Ash Palombi and Logan Garard, but Matt Constantini will rue two goal-line clearances and the missed chances that saw the game end level.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)

Source FNSW website