A very interesting round three of NPL NSW Women’s action and results kept everyone on their toes.
Some huge match ups and goals galore as Nikola Pozder reports. 👇⚽
Sydney Olympic 4-3 Illawarra Stingrays
It was goals galore at Peter Moore Field as the home Sydney Olympic pulled through against the Illawarra Stingrays in a seven-goal thriller.
Teresa Polias almost had Olympic ahead on 12 minutes, hitting the bar with a fantastic free kick.
Only 20 seconds or so later, Sarah Yatim broke the off-side trap, got beyond the Stingrays keeper and tapped the ball home.
The action continued, end to end with both teams. Having good chances to add to the score line.
In the 32nd minute, Yatim took advantage of a goal mouth scramble following a corner to poke the ball into the back of the net.
Mackenzie Hawkesby made it 3-0 only three minutes after the break after a neat through ball by Polias.
In the 55th minute the away side were gifted a lifeline as Michelle Carney pounced on an Amanda Horafios error.
Three minutes later and it was game on as Olivia Price scored the Stingrays second.
A mazy run from the silky Price before she combined with Carney and then beat Horafios at the second attempt.
The come-back was completed in the 66th minute as Eden Stoddard broke through the Olympic defence to make it 3-3.
But all their hard work would be undone 9 minutes from full time as Jessica Frampton headed home from a Polias corner to put Olympic back in front.
That’d be all she wrote thought as Olympic came away with a 4-3 victory.
Macarthur Rams 2-0 Blacktown Spartans
A massive win from the Macarthur Rams at Lynwood Park against the Blacktown Spartans.
The Spartans didn’t seem to recover from head coach Stephen Peters stepping down during the week from his post.
Laura Murtagh had the home side in front before the break, 1-0.
Murtagh then added her second in the second 45 to give the Rams a 2-0 lead and what would end up being the full-time score.
Sydney University 1-0 Emerging Jets
The Jets have showed some steel since the restart and again pushed their more favoured opponents to the end.
They went into half time locked at 0-0, giving Alex Epakis’ team something to think about.
In the 69th minute though Julie-Anne Russell popped up to score the only goal of the game and give the home team an important three points.
FNSW Institute 3-2 NWS Koalas
After a fine victory last week, the NWS Koalas couldn’t back it up on Sunday going down to the FNSW Institute.
Not having Amy Sayer in the team showed for the away team and she will definitely be a great loss for the Koalas.
It was an impressive first half with the teams going into the break locked at 2-2, Isabella Gomez and Bryleeh Henry scoring for the Institute while Morgan Roberts and Sophie Harding scored for the Koalas.
Gomez bag her brace in the second half which would end up being the only goal and the winner.
Northern Tigers 0-0 Manly United
At North Turramurra the Northern Tigers and Manly United clashed in a local derby.
They couldn’t be separated with United being shut out for the first time this season.
Despite their first dropped points of the season, Manly remain on top of the ladder.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 7-1 Bankstown City
It didn’t get any easier for Bankstown City on Sunday, going down 7-1 to the APIA Leichhardt Tigers.
It took a sublime free kick from Rhianna Pollicina to open the scoring for the home team as the Tigers went into half time leading 1-0.
Again though, it would be the second half that’d see Bankstown crumble.
Teigen Allen, Princess Ibini-Isei and Ashleigh Palombi all scored before Georgia Plessas pulled one back to make it 4-1.
Deborah De La Harpe, Amy Dahdah and Georgia Yeoman-Dale all added to the score line to round up the 7-1 thrashing.
By – Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s 1 Writer