Women's NSL - Season 2000/2001

Women's National Soccer League

Supplied by AWSA and transcribed by Thomas Esamie

Round Five (played December 2 & 3)
Venue : Coffs Harbour International Stadium
Northern NSW Pride
Praszczalek, Ingles, Alley (Scevak 54), Stevens, Dunne, Wilson, Amber Neilson, Colthorpe (Crawford 46), McMinn (Aimie Neilson 70), Attwill, Gill
0 - 2 Queensland Sting
Ratcliffe, Nolan, Bartlett (Grant 46), Blackwell, Tramacchi (Dunne 54), Duus, Revell (Reuter 54), Canham, Ferguson (Harch 46), Maza, Mann
Goals : April Mann 41, 62
Despite having already cemented first place, Queensland Sting were not about to take things easy today against Northern with the 16 December grandfinal on their agenda. The experienced Sting went on the attack from the start and enjoyed the better of play. Queensland took the lead seven minutes before half-time, striker April Mann released with a fine through ball which she took wider right and finished in fine style into the bottom left corner of goal.

The young Pride were not without their chances, Katie Gill denied of an equaliser as her header from a corner kick was headed off the line. Hayley Crawford also came close with a header in the 75th minute.

Sting scored their second in the 64th minute from the penalty spot. Mann was brought down by a crude tackle from behind in the box as she threatened in a one-on-one with the keeper, and took the spot kick herself, striking into the top right corner of the net.

This was the Sunday match, the other two of this round were played on Saturday.

Venue : Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Adelaide Sensation
Trimboli, Vozzo (Fata 76), C May, Gawlik (H May 46), Morris, Spagnoletti (Harrison 65), Stocco, Alagich, Winn, Jones (Tsacos 49), Halfpenny
0 - 5 NSW Sapphires
Kell (King 82), Tann-Darby, Warrener, Kristine Collins, Slatyer (Kimber 79), Rockall, L Collins (Kathryn Collins 59), Klessattel (Davison 77), Carney, Cannuli, McLaughlin (Gilbert 72)
Goals : Lisa Warrener 3, Justine McLaughlin 24, Michelle Carney 44, Taryn Rockall 64, Catherine Cannuli 82
The Sapphires steamrolled Sensation today in the clash which promised to play a major part in deciding Queensland Sting’s opponent in the 16 December grandfinal. Adelaide appeared unusually tentative, and had few answers to NSW’s confidence and composure on the ball. The Sapphires opened their account after just 3 minutes, Lisa Warrener the scorer. Justine McLaughlin and Michelle Carney added a goal each to give the Sapphires a 3-0 lead at the break.

Adelaide came out firing after half-time and had a Stacey Stocco diving header disallowed for offside. The home side’s disappointment increased as NSW continued to rack up more goals, Taryn Rockall and Catherine Cannuli adding their names to the score sheet. Adelaide’s biggest loss in history could not have come at a worse time.

Venue : Epping Stadium, Melbourne
Victoria Vision
Barbieri, McEvoy, Romano (Lovie 46), Groenewald, Saville, Black (Humble 76), A Kapusta, Jansen, L Kapusta (Lamb 46 (Vardakas 83)), Kuralay, Terek
Goals : Selin Kuralay 34, Leigh Terek 54
2 - 2 Canberra Eclipse
Butland, Hoy, Borucinski, Staniforth (Beattie 74), Kunz, Karp, P Hepperin, Wilson, Thomson (Somi 89), Rawson (Riley 85), Doyle
Goals : Gill Thomson 24, own goal 85
Victoria Vision needed to win their match over Canberra Eclipse to have a chance of claiming 3rd spot, but shot themselves in the foot with an unfortunate own goal with five minutes remaining. The 2-2 result however gave Eclipse their first point of the season.

Canberra took the lead midway through the first half through Gill Thomson, with Vision equalising ten minutes later through the dynamic Selin Kuralay. Kuralay was unlucky not to score at least one more with several great chances as Victoria took control of the play. They were rewarded with a penalty after a handball in the box, duly converted by Leigh Terek to claim the lead, but a last ditch effort by Canberra broke Vision’s hearts, their defender under pressure in the air headed into her own net.