Some massive matches were played in the NPL NSW Women’s elite competition as Nikola Pozder reports.
North Shore Mariners v Northern Tigers
At Northbridge Oval on Sunday afternoon the North Shore Mariners hosted the Northern Tigers.
It was all the Tigers from kick off until full time with an 11 minute blitz in the first half.
For the Mariners, it meant it was their sixth straight defeat to kick start the 2019 season whereas for the Tigers, they keep improving every week, undefeated in 5.
It took only four minutes for the away side to hit the front as Malia Steinmetz put them in front.
Only two minutes later and Daisy Arrowsmith doubled the Tigers advantage with a neat finish between the keepers legs.
The early scoring didn’t end there when Maddie Bart headed home at the far post on 11 minutes.
That was where the scoring stopped until four minutes into the second period when Arrowsmith grabbed her second.
Arrowsmith finally had her hat-trick mid-way through the second half with another calm finish to extend the lead to 5-0.
Rochelle Johnson had a couple chances to score a consolation for the Mariners but she couldn’t find the back of the net.
The result was enough to push the Tigers into third place on the league ladder.
Sydney Olympic 2-3 Macarthur Rams
The Rams had the lead after 12 minutes with Kylie Ledbrook scoring direct from a free kick.
Less than a minute later, Olympic were level in some style through Sienna Fraser with an incredible volley.
Fraser then made it two 10 minutes from half time putting away her rebounded shot with a header.
Kahli Muilwyk then found an early second half equaliser for the Rams and it was game on.
Late in the piece it seemed Olympic had the game in the bag but a missed penalty kept the Rams in the game.
And they made them pay in the 92nd minute with a penalty of their own that Ledbrook dispatched, giving them a 3-2 victory and inflicting Olympic’s first loss of the season.
Manly United 1-1 NWS Koalas
At Cromer Park Manly United welcomed the North West Sydney Koalas.
It was a close first half with both teams trying, but unable to break the deadlock.
Early in the second half the away side hit the front as Morgan Roberts latched on to a long ball over the defence to put the ball into the back of the net.
You don’t give Remy Siemsen space because if you do, she’ll punish you and that’s exactly what she did to find Manly’s equaliser.
Football NSW Institute 0-3 Blacktown Spartans
Football NSW Institute and the Blacktown Spartans locked horns at Valentine Sports Park.
The Spartans made it three straight wins and proved their in red hot form, snapping the Institutes own three game unbeaten run.
They scored three first half goals through Hannah Bourke, Linda Dudek and captain Alix Roberts.
Illawarra Stingrays 2-1 Bankstown City
Bankstown City travelled to JJ Kelly Park to face off against the Illawarra Stingrays.
It was the home side that got off to the best possible start, taking a two-goal lead through Eden Stoddard and Kaelah Austin.
Bankstown managed to score a goal late but couldn’t find an equaliser despite pushing the Rays to the end.
The win lifts the Stingrays to first place on the ladder.
Sydney University 4-0 Emerging Jets
In the latest kick off on Sunday afternoon, Sydney Uni hosted the Emerging Jets.
It was a tight first half and Alex Epakis’ side took a slender one-goal lead into the break.
Another three second half goals had the Uni cruising to a 4-0 win.
Sarah Morgan, Holly Caspers, Mel Caceres and Clare Wheeler all found themselves on the scoresheet.
By Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s writer