Kieran Yap provides his weekly round-up of all the action from the Victoria NPL Women’s competition. As usual, there is a detailed report of one game and a wrap of all the other games along with photos (27/4/22).
Above: Bulleen United threaten the Bayside United goal. Photo: Bayside United.
MAIN REPORT OF THE WEEK:
Bulleen Lions 7-0 Bayside United
Bulleen Lions added another victory to their impressive start to the season. Bayside were the unfortunate side of the end of a 7-0 thrashing. Caitlin Friend’s side had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Calder United in Round Three but rebounded emphatically this week.
Paige Zois was the architect behind most of Bulleen’s best moves. In the opening minutes, she ran down the left wing then cut inside to deliver a dangerous through ball that Bayside struggled to clear.
Bulleen’s first goal came in the fourth minute. Rebekah Stott rose at the far post to meet a corner kick and the ball was bundled home by a pack of players with the final touch credited to Zois.
Minutes later, Zois tried her luck from long range. The shot whistled over the bar, but it was a warning of things to come.
Bulleen were missing Alex Natoli from the backline and Tiffany Eliadis from their attack, but were rarely worried by Bayside. Tyja-Jay Vlajnic was nominally a left-back but spent more time in the forward third. The Lions’ defence sat high and won the ball early at every opportunity.
With the field compressed, Zois was in her element, her movement and quick feet helped her find pockets of space, and it was her skill that unlocked Bayside for the second time.
A quick change of pace and a well-weighted through ball set Vlajnic through on goal and the Serbian international showed no hesitation in making it 2-0 with a first-time shot on the left side of the box.
Vlajnic should have made it three before the half was over. She was found unmarked at the back post but somehow her shot went over the crossbar from a yard out.
The floodgates were well and truly open and Bulleen were full of confidence. Stott slalomed around five Bayside players before feeding Vlajnic out wide. From the resulting corner, the ball remarkably bounced twice off the woodwork before being cleared.
Bulleen put the tie to bed before halftime. Aroha Little and Rosie Rodger combined to tee up Zois who was sitting behind the attacking play. This time she made no mistake from 30 yards out. Her shot flew into the top corner to make it 4-0 in spectacular style.
The goals kept flowing in the second half. Vlajnic cruised along the wing to set up Emily Dolzan for a tap in and a sixth goal arrived soon after when Zois’s free-kick bounced fortuitously around the area and into the net.
Natalie Govic raced through on goal from a long pass and committed the keeper before tucking it away for Bulleen’s sixth goal.
The seventh of the afternoon was probably the easiest for Bulleen and the most disappointing from Bayside’s perspective. The ball was turned over by Lauren Farriugia in the Bayside goal and Tessa Sernio intercepted it and finished into the bottom corner.
The emphatic win puts Bulleen on top of the ladder as the only undefeated team after four rounds. The tests get harder next week with Bayside facing an in-form Calder United who will look to recover from a loss to Heidelberg, while Bulleen are up against third-placed Alamein.
Squads: BULLEEN LIONS: Dolzan, Fruscazlo, Govic, Griss, (O’Bryan 77), Little (Johnson 64), Muldeary, Rodger, Sernio (Burn 66), Stott (Oruc 46), Vass, Vlajnic, ZoiS, Sheilds.
Scorers: Zois 4′, 42′. Vlajnic 26′. Govic 52′, 61′. Dolzan 45′. Sernio 89.
BAYSIDE UNITED: Anvari, Baker, Budiongo, Fogarty, Gaudry, Jowett (Sousa 46), Kiousis, Parker, Quinn, Ramsay, Shearing, , Stevenson (Mclure 41), Walters (Porter 74)
Referee: Damir Kulas
Across the grounds, two goals from Heidelberg United ensure a win for them over Calder United to keep them in second place. Adriana Taranto continued her strong form with Calder’s only goal but strikes from Danielle Wise and Grace Jale won the day for the visitors. This capped off a big week for Heidelberg after winning a Nike Cup match 6-3 in extra time against Preston Lions. Jale has been a big hit for Heidelberg, her winning goal on the weekend was her third goal in as many days for the club.
Alamein and Box Hill United fought out a 1-1 draw after a dramatic end which saw the home side equalise in the dying moments thanks to Jamilla Hull after Sofia Sakalis put Box Hill into a 24th minute lead. The Perth Glory attacker has settled in instantly at her new club, her opening goal was her second in as many games. Sakalis’ goal can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/BoxHillUtd/videos/512521617117695
South Melbourne and FV Emerging’s match was postponed which keeps the traditional giant at the bottom of the table.