Women's NSL - Season 2004

Women's National Soccer League

Supplied by AWSA and transcribed by Thomas Esamie

Home Teamv Away Team
Round Seven (played November 7)
Venue : Wanderers Oval, Newcastle
Northern NSW Pride
Herd, Salisbury, Cotts, O'Toole, Wilson, Jones, Peters, Shepherd (Baker 63), Howes (Stevenson 72), Kermode, Gill
Goals : Elizabeth Kermode 4, 40
2 - 2 Queensland Sting
Nichols, McShea, Reuter, Grant, Harch, Polkinghorne, Ferguson, Mann, Walker (Castelanelli 90), Mitchell (Nicopolous 83), Walsh (McDonnell 78)
Goals : Lana Harch 31, Krystina Walker 46
For the first time in their six games this season, sharpshooter Kate Gill was not on the Pride scoresheet, but instead a new name came to the fore, Elizabeth Kermode scoring both for Northern, her first ever WNSL goals.

Kermode got Pride off to a great start in the big match in Newcastle, scoring inside four minutes from the opening whistle. Receiving the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box, Kermode decided to try her luck when no-one came in for the challenge and drove the ball into the back of the net.

The home side continued to play the better of the two and created chances, but Queensland levelled the scores just after the half-hour. Winning the ball at half-way, the Sting attacked down the flank and cut the ball back and from amidst a scramble, Lana Harch put her shot away. Pride then reclaimed the lead five minutes before the break. Meegan Shepherd's cross found Gill who, with her back to goal, laid the ball off for Kermode to slot home.

Sting hit back with another equaliser within a minute of the restart, again winning possession in midfield and attacking wide before Krystina Walker struck from the edge of the 18-yard box into the top right corner of goal. Queensland enjoyed a better half in this term, but although both teams were on the attack, there were few clear-cut chances on goal. Kermode had a good chance to snatch the win for Pride in the final minute, but her effort went high.

Venue : Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Western Waves
Perica, McGawley, Colangelo, Williams (Grant 83), Woodfin, Oxtoby, Cunningham, Karp, Gawned (Turnbull 18), Conway, Chatto (De Vanna 34)
Goals : Lisa De Vanna 49, 69
2 - 2 Victoria Vision
Barbieri, Lamb, Digiammarco, Koutrouvelis, Groenewald, Jackson, Fitzgerald, Vardakas, Baxendale (Angelucci 48), Totsidis, Pannella (Terek 75)
Goals : Sarah Fitzgerald 24, Leigh Terek 76
In Perth, Victoria Vision did well to come away with another point from their Adelaide-Perth road trip after a 2-2 draw against Western Waves. The Waves were boosted by the pace and class of Lisa De Vanna once she came off the bench late in the first half, but Victoria had already taken the lead. Two goals from De Vanna then gave the home side the advantage, but Vision soon after came up with the equaliser.

Western were the better side for the majority of the match, more cohesive in building into attack, whilst Victoria relied more on the counterattack.

Midway through the first half, Vision's Anthea Vardakas provided the freekick which was met by the head of Sarah Fitzgerald. The shot appeared to be going wide and deceived the goalkeeper, hitting the inside of the post and bobbling into goal. De Vanna set up Waves' best chance for the half, chasing a ball down and crossing for Ciara Conway who headed against the crossbar.

Four minutes into the second half, De Vanna levelled the scores, turning with the ball to shrug off her two markers before finishing into the bottom corner of goal. Tal Karp and Sarah Cunningham in midfield kept a steady supply of through balls for De Vanna to keep up the pressure on Victoria's defence. Twenty minutes later, one such ball saw the striker slot home with just the keeper to beat to give the Waves the 2-1 lead.

Vision goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri kept her side in the game with several good saves, before substitute Leigh Terek equalised with her first touch of the ball after coming in off the bench in the 76th minute. Terek received a long ball from deep, and seeing the keeper off her line, unleashed a stinging shot into the top corner of goal.