With one round to go, Sydney University secured the 2020 NPL NSW Women’s Premiership on Sunday afternoon.
The battle for those playoff spots remains after some exciting round 10 action.
APIA Leichhardt 2-0 Emerging Jets
APIA Leichhardt needed three points to keep their finals hopes alive and they picked up just that in a tight clash with the Emerging Jets.
It wasn’t a convincing performance from APIA but it was enough for Matthew Costantini’s team to walk away with the victory.
They hit the front within the first 10 minutes as Rhianna Pollicina got onto the end of a Deborah-Anne De La Harpe corner to volley the ball into the goal at the far post.
Neither side created anything else as the first half came to a close.
Princess Ibini then had a fine chance in the second period but she couldn’t find the target from a good position.
A nice team move by APIA wasn’t converted into a goal before Bronte Peel lead a three on one counter attack the away side couldn’t capitalise on.
Pollicina would finish the game off with a fine finish of her own.
She lined up a free kick outside the box and fired into the back of the net with some precision to score her second of the evening.
It makes for an interesting final day of the season with all to play for at Cromer Park.
Macarthur Rams 0-6 Manly United
Total dominance at Lynwood Park as the travelling Manly United came away with a massive win against the Macarthur Rams.
It was still a close game at the break with the away wide leading 2-0.
They added another four in the second period though to come away with a massive 6-0 victory.
A hat-trick to the superb Remy Siemsen as well as a brace for Tara Andrews and a goal for Chloe O’Brien.
Sydney University 3-0 Northern Tigers
In a replay of last year’s grand final, it was again Sydney Uni that would come away with the victory against the Northern Tigers.
Michelle Heyman scored her first Sydney Uni goals, giving the home side a 2-0 lead at the break.
Clare Wheeler added a third after the break to lock up all three points and another premiership for Alex Epakis’ team.
Illawarra Stingrays 2-1 NWS Koalas
At Ray Robinson Field we saw the home side come from behind to secure a massive three points against the North West Sydney Koalas.
It was the away side that started better and went into half time leading 1-0 courtesy of a Nat Tobin goal.
Michelle Carney equalised soon after the break before Sarah Johnston’s screamer brought the Stingrays all three points.
FNSW Institute 0-2 Sydney Olympic
Sydney Olympic secured their finals place with a victory against the Football NSW Institute.
Cortnee Vine put Olympic in front in the first half to send the away side leading 1-0 at the break.
She completed her brace in the second period when she doubled Olympic’s lead and secured all three points.
Bankstown City 0-2 Blacktown Spartans
The Blacktown Spartans are one step closer to securing their finals place after they defeated bottom placed Bankstown.
Ash Crofts had the away side in front in the first half to add to her tally of goals this campaign.
It was 2-0 as the match came to a close with Crofts picking up her second of the afternoon for another three points.
By – Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s writer