Round 14 Review – PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women’s

16.07.2017

Round 14 was filled with excitement and drama as the goals flew in across the four matches over the week which didn't alter the top four with a month left.

Our Match of the Round saw Bankstown City Lions take on Gladesville Ravens.

Match of the Round: Bankstown City Lions 1 v Gladesville Ravens 0

In a rare midweek contest, a first half penalty from Joanna Martino helped the Lions over a spirited Ravens side 1-nil Tuesday night at Jensen Park.

The spot kick from Martino was the only goal of the contest but the Lions were made to work for the victory as the Ravens pushed them the whole way and on another night could've taken a point from a tough road trip.

On a cold night at Jensen Park – Gladesville Ravens had the first chance of the contest as Brownyn Peddley turned smartly but couldn't place her shot on target.

The good spell for the visitors continued on 13 minutes when Jemima Davidson found space and curved a shot that angled wide of Lions keeper Renee Krstanovska post.

Bankstown City Lions found their feet in the contest and conversely the lead in the 23rd minute when Tania Baban was taken down in the box. Joanna Martino stepped up and slotted her ninth of the season to make it 1-nil.

Despite conceding the Ravens continued to push forward. Isobel Blair the latest to test Krstanovska as her strike required a diving stop from the Lions shot stopper.

Just before the break, Bankstown City Lions carved open a splendid opportunity for their second. Charlotte Ibbtson angled a pass into the path of Baban who put the shot right at Ravens keeper Kasia Glennie.

Davidson was in the thick of the action for the Ravens after the break and the winger produced a wicked shot in the 53rd minute that swerved just wide of the post.

As the contest started to open up due to fatigue of two games in three days, the Ravens sensed a chance to snatch a point.

They provided a few nervy moments for the Bankstown City Lions defense including a 82nd minute free-kick from Isabella Bianchino that had to be pushed out by Krstanovska. That was the biggest threat to the Lions as they ran out 1-nil winners tonight.

Afterwards Lions coach Troy Spink commended his side's effort after such a short turnaround.

"A very scrappy win tonight – we knew it was especially with a lot of ladies filling in. We're very happy after two games in three days and the loss against Olympic FC." Said Spink.

Tonight wasn't the form we like to show but to win when you aren't playing your best is good enough sometimes." He finished.

Gladesville Ravens coach Jose De Costa was upbeat about his side's effort despite the loss.

"I think we played really well. Considering the way we played, we created a lot of chances particularly in the first half and I think nil-all might have been a fairer result." Said De Costa.

Match Stats

Tuesday 11th July 2017

Jensen Park

Bankstown City Lions 1 (Martino)

Gladesville Ravens 0

Bankstown City Lions: 2. BABAN Tania(OPOKU-AGYEMANG '59), 4. BABIC Liana, 9. LUCIEN Sunny(OLIVERI '76), 10. MICHEAL Maniso(CHAMBERS '87), 11. MARTINO Joanna, 17. MURPHY Caitlin, 19. KRSTANOVSKA Renee, 23. FINCH Maddi, 26. ROBBINS Elise, 30. IBBOTSON Charlotte and 33. NGHATH Farous(OSMAN '45)

Subs not used: 31. HENDRA Chelsea

Yellow cards: Babic and Micheal

Red cards: nil

Gladesville Ravens: 1. GLENNIE Kasia, 2. GESTIER Hannah, 3. SMITH Ashleigh, 4. VANSAARLOOS Paige, 6. BEATTIE Alex, 12. DAVIDSON Jemima(BIANCHINO '71), 13. PEDDLEY Brownyn, 14. BLAIR Isobel(JONES '79), 15. FANELLA Stacey, 16. HOPKINS Isabella(BAKER '71) and 17. CORNEY Cecila(FIERO '74)

Subs not used: 11. BREUKELAAR Isabella

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Inter Lions 1 drew with Central Coast Mariners 1

Inter Lions looked a revitalised side as they collected their first point under the Danny Abboud reign with a hard fought 1-1 draw against Central Coast Mariners.

Leanne Sharp was the player to find the net for Inter Lions while Oriane Keane cancelled it out with her second goal of the season to share the points.

The result draws the Mariners level with the Stallions on 14 points with four weeks to go, needing to haul in the three point advantage Nepean FC holds in fourth place.

Marconi Stallions 2 defeated by Sydney Olympic FC 3

The goals flowed at Marconi Stadium as Sydney Olympic FC marched onto a 11 games undefeated in a 3-2 thriller on a chilly afternoon.

Sydney Olympic FC rocketed out to a 2-nil lead at the break, thanks to a Madelaine Costanzo brace which fires the striker to the top of the goalscorer's list in PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women's.

Courtney Holmwood added a third for Olympic FC after the restart to make it a commanding 3-nil lead for the league leaders on the march to the premiership.

To their credit though, Marconi Stallions battled hard and found the net themselves twice through Joanna Burgess and Helen Petonis on an afternoon that leaves their finals hope dangling by a thread.

Southern Branch FC 1 defeated by Sutherland Shire FA 2

Southern Branch FC pushed the second placed Sutherland Shire FA the whole way as Brittany Christie scored the winner for the Shire ladies in a tense contest.

Morgan Maxwell and the aforementioned Brittant Christie were the goalscorers for a Sutherland Shire FA side still missing some key stars due to injury.

As mentioned in the preview – Southern Branch FC are a tougher than a two dollar steak at home and Brittany Anderson got them back within a goal.

The home side had a chance to snatch a late point as they received a penalty in the 85th minute but it was fired wide as Sutherland Shire FA remain in the chase for first.

-By Justin Davies, PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women's reporter