Womens National League 2008-2009 Season Round 08




written by Thomas Esamie



Played (13/12/08) Bob Jane Stadium
Referee : Kate Jacewicz, Crowd :
Melbourne Victory
Melissa Barbieri, Marlies Oostdam, Tal Karp, Laura Alleway, Maika Ruyter-Hooley, Sarah Groenewald (Stephanie Tanti 78), Rebecca Tegg, Brittany Timko, Sophie Hogben (Alisha Foote 71), Selin Kuralay, Daniela Digiammarco (Sarah Richardson 57)
Goal : Timko 26
Coach : Matt Shepherd
1 - 3 Queensland Roar
Casey Dumont, Karla Reuter, Clare Polkinghorne, Brooke Spence, Elise Kellond-Knight, Alicia Ferguson, Lana Harch, Tameka Butt (Ruth Blackburn 86), Lauren Colthorpe (Stephanie Latham 87), Courtney Beutel (Tashina Roma 80), Ellen Beaumont
Goals : Beutel 10, Ferguson 23, Butt 55
Coach : Jeff Hopkins

Played (13/12/08) Parramatta Stadium
Referee : Sara Hodson, Crowd :
Sydney FC
Nikola Deiter, Danielle Brogan, Alesha Clifford, Lisa Gilbert, Servet Uzunlar (Jo Burgess 61), Kylie Ledbrook, Danielle Small, Nicola Bolger (Linda O'Neill 55), Leena Khamis, Jordan Marsh, Kelly Golebiowski
Coach : Alen Stajcic
0 - 1 Perth Glory
Luisa Marzotto, Stacey Learmont, Carys Hawkins (Katy Coghlan 73), Sam Kerr, Ciara Conway (Shannon May 25), Tanya Oxtoby, Ella Mastrantonio, Dani Calautti, Elisa D'Ovidio (Katarina Jukic 80), Collette McCallum, Marianna Tabain
Goal : Tabain 64
Coach : Nicola Williams

Played (13/12/08) Parramatta Stadium
Referee : Kirralee Gardener, Crowd :
Central Coast Mariners
Emma-Kate Dewhurst, Caitlin Cooper, Lyndsay Glohe (Ellyse Perry 84), Rachael Doyle, Jodie Bain, Karina Roweth (Gill Foster 80), Teresa Polias (Elizabeth O'Reilly 65), Renee Rollason, Kyah Simon, Trudy Camilleri, Jenna Kingsley
Coach : Stephen Roche
0 - 3 Canberra United
Lydia Williams, Amy Chapman (Lucy Allan 88), Bronwyn Studman, Caitlin Munoz (Jennifer Bisset 82), Ellie Brush, Rebecca Kiting, Hayley Crawford, Cian Maciejewski, Kara Mowbray, Thea Slatyer, Ashleigh Sykes (Christine Walters 85)
Goals : Brush 21, Crawford 71, Munoz 78
Coach : Robbie Hooker

Played (14/12/08) Wanderers Oval
Referee : Lee Corey, Crowd : 750
Newcastle Jets
Alison Logue, Amber Neilson, Gema Simon, Joanne Peters, Stacey Day (Rhali Dobson 87), Katie Gill, Nicole Jones (Samantha Wood 71), Emily van Egmond, Kirstyn Pearce (Cheryl Salisbury 63), Rebecca Smith, Sanna Frostevall
Goals : Frostevall 35, Neilson 81
Coach : Gary Phillips
2 - 1 Adelaide United
Sian McLaren, Renee Harrison, Dianne Alagich, Kristyn Swaffer, Racheal Quigley (Angela Finmano 87), Sandra Scalzi, Stephanie Tokich (Donna Cockayne 60), Victoria Balomenos (Sharon Black 84), Tanya Harrison, Leanne Slater, April Mann
Goal : Balomenos 19pk
Coach : Mike Barnett


report by Paul Green


Adelaide United turned things around on Sunday afternoon at Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow, a week after a humiliating 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Central Coast Mariners at Hindmarsh Stadium, but their improved showing was not enough to wrestle away any points from an ever-stronger Newcastle Jets side.


Reds' coach, Mike Barnett, made a number of changes to his starting eleven, including leaving our veteran Sharon Black and bringing in goalkeeper Sian McLaren.


"She would have played last week, ironically, but she was injured and she did very well today," he said after the game.


"She caught everything and it was a very pleasing performance.


We'll never know if McLaren would have let in the six goals the unfortunate Emma Wirkus conceded in Adelaide, but on this showing by the promising young keeper it would have seemed unlikely.


Barnett left out not only Black, but Sarah Amorim, Donna Cockayne and Lauren Chilvers, bringing in Leanne Slater, Rachael Quigley and Tanya Harrison, the latter pair having come off the bench against Central Coast after the break. Cockayne was given the last half hour in this match.


In swirling winds that could have defeated better sides Adelaide showed a lot of composure and some good passing skills to run the Jets as close as anyone else has at the home of Broadmeadow Magic, Wanderers Oval the home of Macedonian football in the Hunter.


"We didn't really notice the wind too much," said Reds' skipper Di Alagich. "It made things difficult but we didn't let it distract us."


Adelaide had taken a 17th minute lead through a twice-taken Victoria Balomenos penalty, following a push on Alagich by Rebecca Smith.


After an original encroachment, when the first attempt was parried and then bundled home at the second attempt by Balomenos, referee Corey Lee indicated an infringement.


Jets' stand-in captain, Joanne Peters, paid tribute to her opponents


"Full credit to Adelaide in coming here determined to get something out of the game."


"They showed they had lots of flexibility.


Jets' coach, Gary Phillips, was also relieved to see his side emerge with the points.


"I wasn't sure about that encroachment for their penalty," he said


"Once again we had to come from behind to win it, though, which we are making a habit of doing at Wanderers Oval."


"We have had to do without Cheryl (Salisbury, the team captain) for a couple of games as she has had a bit of a calf problem which is only just coming right again.


"She should be 100 per cent for the Finals, though.


"It's good to see we are playing good football, week-in, week-out.


Phillips said he and Salisbury were taking the team together now.


Asked why her name was showing on the team sheet as well as his, under the coach's name, he joked about it.


"We both run the team at the moment," he said.


Winning a few early corners, which were well dealt with by the Adelaide defence and an increasingly dominant McLaren, Newcastle found themselves a goal down after some excellent lead up work from an Adelaide side well-drilled in their passing, especially on the approaches to goal.


A Katie Gill header for the Jets, in the fifth, was saved convincingly by McLaren and a free kick from Stacey Day in the sixth and a speculator from Peters in the seventh both went wide before the Reds struck.


After the penalty had been put away nicely for Adelaide, Gill put another free kick narrowly over the bar in the 19th.


Adelaide might well have punished that home side profligacy when, in the 29th, Sandra Scalzi got down the right and from a very tight angle forced Alison Logue into saving superbly at her near post.


"Alison has been great for us this season," enthused Phillips. "She has really come on tremendously."


A wonderful strike from Rebecca Smith brought the side level again in the 36th.


Newcastle had eclipsed Adelaide with some magic approach work and a bamboozled Reds' rearguard could not clear their lines.


Smith, from well outside the area, hit a sweet right-footer that for once McLaren was unequal to.


The ball flew into the top left corner of the net to the relief of the Jets' bench as the wind had favoured the visitors in the first period and they had appeared the more likely to strike the second blow.


As expected Newcastle had the Adelaide defence under pressure after the break, but gradually the visitors clawed their way back and made a great game of it.


McLaren claimed a left-footed Peters' volley in the 51st competently and seven minutes later Scalzi clipped a good chance over the bar at the other end.


But the Jets were playing well and muscling their way to midfield supremacy by this stage.


Emily van Egmond struck the right hand upright in the 68th and it looked as if the home team would soon claim the prize.


This they did in the 79th, after an Adelaide corner had looked promising, but broke down and the visitors could not get back quickly enough.


Salisbury, by then on as a substitute, combined well with Gill and linked with van Egmond, who laid the ball back for Peters.


The skipper-for-the-day unleashed one of her typically powerful left-footers from just inside the area that found the top left corner of McLaren's net and kept the Newcastle women right on course for a Finals' berth.


"We still have some work to do," said Phillips. "But we are getting into form at the right end of the season so I hope we can keep improving."






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