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 on one game and a wrap of all the other matches along with photos (3/5/22).
Above: Calder United (white) on the charge against Bayside United. Photo: Jack Dilks 171819.
Bayside United 0-6 Calder United
Calder United recorded another impressive result as they put Bayside to the sword in a 6-0 thrashing.
Bayside were looking for a response after losing 7-0 to Bulleen Lions in round four. But their task was made more difficult by injuries in the squad. Alisa Chechelnitskiy make her second appearance for the senior team
Despite the score, the Under 19’s goalkeeper was among her side’s best players and made some stunning saves throughout the afternoon.
Calder United started with Harriet Withers for the first time this season. The winger has returned to the club as an A-League Women’s champion after her first campaign with Melbourne Victory.
The visitors were on the attack early with Stacey Papadopoulos’ pace and intent causing issues early for Bayside.
The first goal arrived in the 30th minute, after the two Calder attackers combined. Withers received the ball at halfway and launched a long, direct pass to Papadopoulos.
Spotting Chechelnitskiy only slightly off her line, the Calder United forward produced an incredible chip from the edge of the box. It was the first goal of the season for Papadopoulos and she could have hardly done it in better style.
Montana Mathews sparked the next Calder attack. She embarked on a long, powerful run that began inside her own half. Papadopoulos got on the end of the eventual pass and should have scored a second. Withers almost turned the ball in from the scramble but Bayside survived.
The second goal arrived just before halftime. A free-kick 20 yards from goal was played short by Adriana Taranto. Alana Cerne’s shot was directed through the defenders and into the bottom corner. It was well placed and powerfully hit. Chechelnitskiy was unsighted by the wall and crowded penalty area and had little chance of saving it.
Withers continued to test the home defence. Her cross fell to Elle Talevski, but Chechelnitskiy was able to dive, stretch and tip the ball onto the post.
Bayside defended well and counterattacked for much of the second half. They held out until the 76th minute before another well-worked free-kick added a third for Calder United.
With Bayside set up to defend a shot. Taranto slid the ball wide to her left. Papadopoulos crossed the ball in low into the six-yard box and Raquel Deralas forced the ball home to make it 3-0.
With 10 minutes left of regular time, Calder United could have been forgiven for taking the foot off the pedal. However, they were effectively just getting started.
Against a tiring Bayside, they embarked on a relentless series of attacks to end to game and added another goal after Papadopoulos and Julia Sardo combined to set up Tiarna Stella for her first goal of her NPLW career.
Her first touch took her around the defender and her second was a perfectly hit shot into the top left corner. It was a goal created through composure and she struck it venomously. It was a memorable way to open her account for the club.
A fifth was added soon after when Withers and Stella set up Sardo to strike from distance. The shot flew past Chechelnitskiy and crashed off the underside of the bar before crossing the line.
Deralas was finding pockets of space in attack and pulled two brilliant saves from Bayside’s young goalkeeper. After a clever turn and dangerous strike, Chechelnitskiy dove spectacularly to tip it over the bar. The pair repeated the scene moments later, Deralas was somehow denied again.
Papadopoulos had started the scoring an hour earlier and in the 90th minute, she added her second and Calder’s sixth. After trying to dissect the defence with a probing pass, the ball deflected back to her. She raced through to finish from point-blank range.
The win took Calder United up to third on the table, they are playing with confidence and have multiple avenues to goal. They play bottom-placed South Melbourne in round six and will be confident of another win.
Bayside face Alamein next. After conceding 13 goals in two games, they will be eager to make amends and show improvement. Alamein were impressive against league leaders Bulleen on Monday night. Bayside will have to be at their best to get a result.
Squads: BAYSIDE UNITED: Chechelnitskiy, Mclure (Gaudry 45+1) Shearing, Baker, Budiongo, Fogartry, Gilbert (Sata 89), Jowett, Parker, Ramsay (Anvari 45+1), Sousa (Porter 73)
CALDER UNITED: Dal Oste (GK) Matthews (Deralas), Sardo, Dakic, Robers (Eicke 52), A Taranto, (M Taranto) Cerne, Withers, Groba (Stella 69), Papadopoulos, Talevski (Cain 52).
Scorers: Papadopoulos 30′, 90′. Cerne 42′, Deralas 76′, Stella 86′, Sardo 88′.
Referee: Danielle Anderson
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Elsewhere around the competition, Heidelberg United defeated South Melbourne 3-0 thanks to a brace from Stephanie Galea, including an incredible free-kick. Danielle Wise was the other scorer in a comfortable win.
FC Bulleen Lions and Alamein faced off on Monday night. Bulleen took a second-minute lead through Tiffany Eliadis before Emma Runnalls levelled the scores in the second half.
Bulleen looked set for their second draw of the season, but Alana Burn secured the points in the 82nd minute and return the Lions to the top of the table.
Box Hill United’s match against FV Emerging was postponed.