PS4 NPL Queensland Womens: Round 1 Review

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Goals galore in the opening round of the 2015 Playstation 4 NPL Queensland Womens season. 29 goals in total across the five fixtures with UQFC the biggest winners, 10-0 over Moreton Bay on Sunday afternoon.  The season opener on Saturday between Palm Beach SC and Eastern Suburbs finished 2-2.  Sunday’s remaining fixtures saw The Gap win 3-2 away to Sunshine Coast, Olympic FC traveled to Souths United taking all three points with a 5-0 win and Peninsular Power recording a solid 4-1 win over Western Pride.

Palm Beach SC 2-2 Eastern Suburbs FC

Palm Beach SC Women and Eastern Suburbs Women battled to a 2-2 draw in their opening PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland clash at Mallawa Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Early chances fell to Palm Beach before Easts opened accounts on 18 minutes with Karyn Longbottom delivering a composed finish to slot her shot into the bottom corner of the goal.

Sharks struck back five minutes later through Deeana Thomson, who benefitted from an early ball from midfield to get behind Easts’ backline before slotting home in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

The match opened up further in the second half as the hot conditions took their toll on the players.

Both sides failed to convert their chances before Sharks gained the lead with a quarter hour remaining as Lauren Brown delivered a sharp low finish for the hosts.

However, Tegan Riding replied shortly after with a clever chipped finish to salvage a point for Easts late in the contest.

Speaking post-match, Sharks coach Gary French said he was pleased with the performance of his players.

“I think both teams at times cancelled each other out, although I thought we created the better chances,” French explained.

Easts coach Garrath McPherson was also happy with his charges in their first competitive match of the season.

“I’m really happy to get a game against a good quality side and to put them under pressure,” McPherson concluded.

Palm Beach SC 2 (Deeana THOMSON 23’, Lauren BROWN 76’)
Eastern Suburbs FC 2 (Karyn LONGBOTTOM 18’, Tegan RIDING 81’)

Sunshine Coast Women 2-3 The Gap Women

Bethany Ashton’s swift hat-trick has led The Gap Women to a 3-2 win over Sunshine Coast Women on Sunday despite a late Fire fightback.

Fire pulled to within a goal in the closing stages at Kawana Soccer Club but were unable to completely recover from Ashton’s opening salvo.

The Gators forward struck three times in the first 20 minutes to give her side a healthy early lead in what appeared an ominous sign for the hosts.

Play began to take on an end-to-end complexion, however, as Fire fought their way back into the match, eventually breaking through for a goal courtesy of Jessica Davy.

Marcena Hunter netted soon after and it seemed as if the hosts might snare a hard-earned draw, but the comeback was ultimately left too late as the away side held on to take all three points.

Speaking post-match, Gators coach Rob Askew registered displeasure with his team’s failure to control the contest.

“It wasn’t our greatest performance by any means, in fact it was probably one of our more ordinary performances of the last few seasons,” Askew said.

The sentiment was reversed for Fire coach Dave Bensted, who drew positives from the late comeback.

“To be 2-0 down against a team like The Gap is always going to be hard but we got back into the game so I was pleased,” Bensted said.

Sunshine Coast Women 2 (Jessica DAVY, Marcena HUNTER)
The Gap Women 3 (Bethany ASHTON x3)

Souths United FC 0-5 Olympi FC

Olympic FC Women have made a dream start to their PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland season with a heavy 5-0 win over Souths United Women at Wakerley Park on Sunday.

Three first-half goals and a further two after the break sealed the rout in favour of the visitors.

Much of the damage was done early for Olympic as defender Leah Miles netted the opener in the 18th minute, before winger Jazmyn Perin struck just two minutes later.

Souths managed to stem the onslaught but couldn’t keep JJ McLean from effectively sealing the result on the stroke of half time, the attacker tapping into an empty net after Demi Robins struck the post from range.

Warm conditions and a more resilient Souths couldn’t keep the visitors from continuing their scoring as incisive wing play from Matalena Daniells saw her tee up fellow substitute Mikaela Di Savia to make it 4-0 with an easy finish.

New signing Ai Matsuzaki added the finishing touches in the final moments for Olympic with the goal of the game, unleashing a dipping left-footed effort to complete the scoring.

Souths coach Byron Hellmuth identified two particular areas for improvement ahead of next weekend’s trip to Moreton Bay United.

“We had a bit of difficulty playing out so we’ll look at, as well as looking at our shape in the middle,” Hellmuth said after the match.

Despite the strong win, Olympic coach Phil Canham hopes his young side will continue to mature in front of goal.

“Once they knew what was happening I thought they were able to take advantage of the spaces to create chances, but the recognition still needs to improve,” Canham said.

Souths United FC  0
Olympic FC  5 (Leah MILES 18’, Jazmyn PERIN 20’, JJ MCLEAN 44’, Mikaela DI SAVIA 70’, Ai MATSUZAKI 86’)

UQFC 10-0 Moreton Bay United Women

UQFC Women have sent a message to their PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland title rivals with a 10-0 whitewash of Moreton Bay United Women on Sunday.

Linley Archard and Greta Bodey starred with four each as the hosts dominated from start to finish.

The class of Amy Chapman shone through first for UQFC as the Australian international opened the scoring early in proceedings, before provider Greta Bodey turned goalscorer in the 25th minute by curling home from the edge of the area.

Archard grabbed her first just a minute later from Chapman’s squared pass to make It 3-0 within half an hour.

UQFC found time for two more through Emma Pitman and Archard before the break, before continuing their heavy scoring after the restart.

Archard took her tally to four by the 56th minute with two successive strikes, allowing Bodey to take over the mantle for the final 20 minutes.

The forward equalled Archard’s total with a 15-minute hattrick to add to her earlier effort, capping the scoring on a stunning start to the season for Wayne Gibbon’s team.

Speaking after the match, UQFC coach Gibbon praised his side’s style in achieving the result.

“I thought the team actually played some good football in scoring those goals which is much more important,” he said.

Despite the scoreline, Jets coach Lorna Dent was able to find cause for optimism.

“To be honest I actually take quite a bit of positives out of it, I never expected to come out and win against a team like that,” Dent said.

UQFC Women 10 (Amy CHAPMAN 6′, Greta BODEY 25′ 70′ 75′ 85′ Linley ARCHARD 26′ 42′ 52′ 56′, Emma PITMAN 40′)
Moreton Bay United Women 0

Western Pride FC 1-4 Peninsula Power FC 

A brace from Brieanna Watt guided Peninsula Power Women to a 4-1 defeat of Western Pride Women on Sunday night at Briggs Road Complex.

Watt struck a goal in each half with additional contributions from Nathalie Browne and Brittany Whitfield rounding out the visitors impressive haul.

Pride’s lone goal came early in the second half courtesy of player-coach Lorena Maggio.

Peninsula started the contest strongly and opened the accounts inside 20 minutes with Watt’s first of the match. Browne then doubled the advantage prior to the break.

Despite the two-goal deficit, Pride returned the stronger in the second half – adding an extra player to the top of the formation – and soon halved the deficit via Maggio.

Pride remained in the contest before succumbing to two further Power goals in the final ten minutes of the match.

Speaking after the match, Maggio said there were positives to take out of the game.

“Despite the result I think we got stuck in and played some really good football in patches. We created some good chances but unfortunately couldn’t finish when the time came.”

Power coach Alan Waller explained his half-time talk centred around responding to the opposition’s tactics.

“We just made them aware of what they were trying to do to us and if we could shut that down then we should be able to get away with it comfortably,” Waller said.

Western Pride FC  1 (Lorena MAGGIO 50’)
Peninsula Power FC  4 (Brieanna WATT 18’ 88’, Nathalie BROWNE 37’, Brittany WHITFIELD 80’)

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