Women's NSL - Season 2004

Women's National Soccer League

Supplied by AWSA and transcribed by Thomas Esamie

Home Teamv Away Team
Round Two (played October 14 & 15)
Venue : McKellar Stadium, Canberra
Canberra Eclipse
Amy Beattie, Rhian Davies, Gipsy Hosking, Erin Frewin, Samantha Blacka, Georgia Chapman, Caitlin Munoz (Sabrina Spinapolice 89), Megan Kehoe (Korri Chaivannacoopt 46), Stacey Stocco, Ellie Brush (Michaela Day 65), Kim Channing
Goal : Ellie Brush 4
1 - 0 Adelaide Sensation
Luisa Marzotto, Nenita Burgess, Amy Shigrov, Tanya Katianos, Kirralea Brock, Sarah Baker, Chichi May, Renee Harrison (Tanya Harrison 74), Ann-Marie Ralph (Stella Rigon 67), Christina Papageorgiou, Vicki Balomenos (Katrina Bexis 74)
Despite having a player sent off in the first half, new team Western Waves secured their first ever WNSL point with Thursday's 1-1 draw against Northern NSW Pride in Newcastle.  The following day, Canberra Eclipse came away with the three points over Adelaide Sensation.

Canberra Eclipse came away with a 1-0 victory on Friday night over Adelaide Sensation in Canberra, the first game of the season for both teams.

It was a clash between two young sides who have both lost many of their usual star players. Of the twenty-two starting players, only three were aged 21 or over.

Canberra took the early lead, but for the remainder of the contest, it was a fairly even battle in the middle of the park, neither side able to seize control of proceedings and with little clear danger on either goal.

The Adelaide defence was caught in disarray within four minutes of the opening whistle, an error allowing Eclipse striker Kim Channing to put the ball into the danger area from the left. The cross failed to be cleared, allowing Ellie Brush to stick the ball away from seven metres in front.

The game was a fairly open affair, but not a flowing performance from either side, the ball given away rather easily and insufficient movement off the ball. A stray final pass resulted in numerous attacks breaking down, although it was more a case of inexperience rather than a lack of spirit.

Canberra's Caitlin Munoz had the next best chance for the half, creating some room for herself before her drive from the edge of the 18-yard box was not far wide in the 23rd minute.

The second period was much the same as the first with little clear cut action to test either goalkeeper. Adelaide's best chance to level the score came in the 81st minute, midfielder Christina Papgeorgiou in the chase for a through-ball along with goalkeeper Amy Beattie, and in the challenge, the ball ricocheted wide of the target.

Venue : Wanderers Oval, Newcastle
Northern NSW Pride
Erin Herd, Cheryl Salisbury, Melanie Cotts, Gemma O'Toole, Emma Howes, Meegan Shepherd, Joanne Peters, Lindsey Jones, Leaha Guiffre (Emma Stevenson 46), Elizabeth Kermode (Debra Searle 59), Kate Gill
Goal : Kate Gill 40
1 - 1 Western Waves
Ashley Bennet, Tanya Oxtoby, Nicola Williams (Lindsey Jobling 69), Luciano Colangelo, Stacey Woodfin, Sarah Cunningham, Tal Karp, Sara Gawned (Laura Turnbull 79), Ciara Conway (Stephanie Grant 41), Kylie Chatto, Hayley Crawford
Goal : Tanya Oxtoby 3
Northern NSW, having played a game or two more than most other sides so far this season, now claim outright first place, although could well have enjoyed a greater outcome if not for poor composure in front of goal from their numerous chances in the game. It was Western who put the more favoured Pride on the back foot by taking the early lead and, to their credit, battled with great determination against the odds and would be delighted to come away with the draw.

In sapping 37 degree heat, the Waves couldn't have asked for a more perfect start when they scored in the third minute of play. A freekick to Western was played forward from deep and bobbled in the danger area before captain Tanya Oxtoby, a draft player for Northern last season, got her foot to the ball and the shot trickled over the line. It was her first ever league goal.

The home side soon settled into the game and were the more effective all over the park, as Western adopted a more defensive strategy. The Pride attack, led by Kate Gill, created chances but were hunable to find the back of the net. The best of these was a header to captain Cheryl Salisbury midway through the half, but her point blank attempt was saved by keeper Ashley Bennet, also a Northern draft last year.

Then in the 31st minute, Western Waves were reduced to ten players when midfielder Sarah Cunningham was shown the red card for violent conduct following a foul on Salisbury.

Nine minutes later, Pride equalised. A Meegan Shepherd through-ball allowed Gill behind the defence and with the goalkeeper out off her line, calmly slotted the ball home for the Qantas Matildas' striker's second goal in as many games.

A southerly wind thankfully cooled the temperature for the second half, and the Waves sat back behind the ball to cover for their numerical disadvantage, whilst Northern took control of proceedings.

Although continuing to push forward, Northern were unable to convert any more shots and thus squandered their opportunity for the three points. The gutsy Waves, still without stars Lisa De Vanna and Collette McCallum, never gave up and held on for the shared result.