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 (11/5/22).
Above: Aerial action between Alamein (blue) and Bayside United. Photo: Gary Cook via Bayside United.
MAIN REPORT OF THE WEEK:
Alamein 3-0 Bayside United
Alamein secured fourth spot on the table with a 3-0 win over Bayside. Kat Smith’s side was on the attack throughout and although Bayside showed much improvement from the previous two weeks, they were unable to reverse the run of poor results.
Bayside came into this game having suffered heavy defeats to Calder United and Bulleen Lions over the past two rounds. Alamein were looking for their first win in three matches after a draw at Box Hill and a loss to Bulleen.
Alamein started on the attack almost immediately. Bayside were content to sit back and to try and counterattack. Katrina Nikpour was Alamein’s most enterprising player early on. She found some space in midfield and her long-range shot missed the target but issued a warning for young goalkeeper Elisa Chechelnitskiy.
Nikpour was the creator of Alamein’s first goal. After being released down the right flank, she crossed the ball in dangerously. Nia Stamatopoulos was on hand to meet it. Her side-footed finish was perfectly executed, high into the net to make it 1-0.
Alamein were enjoying plenty of space on both wings. Bayside attempted to play the ball out through midfield but were often cut off. On the stroke of half time, a turnover created Alamein’s second goal.
Kiara Bercelli ran onto the through ball and cut inside her marker for a composed finish. The assistant referee signalled for offside but the central official overruled the decision and play continued. To Bayside’s credit, they played to the whistle, but it made for momentary confusion among those watching. It was a well-crafted and executed goal and on the stroke of halftime, it was 2-0.
Alamein continued to attack in the second half. Adelyn Ayton almost scored a long-range screamer with a shot almost out of nothing. Chechelnitskiy scrambled but had it covered as it whizzed high and wide of the goal.
A third goal felt inevitable and Bercelli provided one on the hour mark. Nikpour won the ball in midfield and her sliced pass fell into the ball of Bercelli who leapt to get above the bouncing ball and hit it into the net on the half volley.
Sidney Allen almost scored a fourth for Alamein. She raced onto a long clearance and outpaced her the defenders. After winning the ball she looked up and tried to beast Chechelnitskiy from range but her shot flew over the bar.
Molly-May Ramsay had Bayside’s best opportunity to pull one back. After finding space on the edge of the 18-yard box, she lined up a shot but did not challenge Evelyn Goldsmith in the Alamein goal.
Alamein next face a huge challenge when they meet third-placed Calder United. Bayside have a tough test ahead, but a winnable game against FV Emerging.
Squads: ALAMEIN: Goldsmith, Paraskevas, Renehan, Heysen, Hull, Allen, Ayton, Anastasopoulos (Wilson) (Parrone), Nikpour (Giummarra), Stamatopoulos, Bercelli.
Scorers: Stamatopoulos 32′, Bercelli 45′, 61′.
BAYSIDE UNITED: Chechelnitskiy, Gaudry (Porter), Cain-Edwards, Fogarty, Baker, Shearing, Jowett, Ramsay, Parker (Budiongo).
Referee: Luke Vaira
ROUND SIX ROUND-UP:
Across the other grounds, Bulleen Lions drew 1-1 against an impressive FV Emerging side. Caitlin Karic opened to scoring for NTC and it took a 74th-minute own goal by Emma Olsen to rescue a point for Bulleen.
Calder United continued their strong season with a 5-0 win over South Melbourne. Alana Cerne, Raquel Deralas, Natasha Dakic, Belinda Stojcevski, and Alexis Rossi scored for Calder. They now have 11 goals in their last two games.
Box Hill United defeated Heidelberg United 2-1 to complete the round. Laura Pickett scored in the 10th minute for Box Hill, before Danielle Wise levelled the scores. Anais Josekski regained the lead for Box Hill United in the 65th minute and that’s the way things stayed.