WOMEN’S DIVISION 1 ROUND 4 REVIEW

R4 Yellow vs Woonona (64)

The Grange Women’s Division 1 round-four kicked off on Sunday afternoon in an Anzac Fixture. 

University Yellow: 4 (Kya Godbier 2’, Elise Battin 36’, Rilee Wagner 60’, Pimwadee Polhill 84’) 

Woonona: 2 (Kyah Humphrey 61’, Sinead Bailey 81’)

University Yellow hosted a capable Woonona side on Sunday afternoon. 

The Unicorns proved too strong for the Sharks when Kya Godbier opened the score in the first two minutes of the match.

Captain Elise Battin later found the back of the net, giving University a 2-0 lead before half-time. 

University Yellow continued to extend their lead in the second half with new signing Rilee Wagner adding her name onto the scoresheet.

A minute later Woonona found space with Kyah Humphrey putting it past goalkeeper Elle Coleman to set the score at 3-1. 

The Sharks looked to mount a late comeback with Sinead Bailey scoring their second goal but wasn’t enough with Pimwadee Polhill adding a fourth for the Unicorns in the last few minutes of the match to secure their victory. 

University Yellow will open the round-five fixtures this Sunday afternoon as they host Kiama Quarriers, whilst Woonona will take on Warilla Wanderers. 

Albion Park: 5 (Casey-Leigh Suttle 30’, Eliza Cowan 41’ 81’, Editch Edwards-Mizel 54’, Brittany Ring 58’)

South Coast Flame: 3 (Brooke Love 34’, Emily Franklin 73’, Jessica Cruickshank 77’)

A clash between reigning league champions Albion Park and South Coast Flame saw a high scoring match at Terry Reserve on Sunday afternoon. 

The scores were locked at 0-0 in the first 30 minutes of the match before Casey-Leigh Suttle sent the ball into the back of the net to give Albion Park the lead.

Soon after Brooke Love put the ball past goalkeeper Megan Blanch to find the equaliser for the Flame. 

It looked to be a 1-1 draw going into the break before Eliza Cowan scored her first goal for the day – taking the lead for Park just minutes before half-time. 

New signing Edith Edwards-Mizel opened the second half with a goal for Park, alongside captain Brittany Ring who also put her name on the scoresheet and gave Albion Park a 4-1 lead just minutes later. 

It wasn’t long until Flame came firing back with Emily Franklin and Jessica Cruickshank both finding the back of the net with less than 15 minutes to go. 

Both teams battled it out until the final whistle, but it was a second from Cowan who secured Park’s victory for the day. 

An undefeated Albion Park team will go head-to-head this Sunday against Thirroul Thunderbirds at Thomas Gibson Park, whilst South Coast Flame will take on a full-strength Wollongong United team in a late fixture at Ian McLennan Park. 

University White:

Thirroul Thunderbirds: 1 (Kaitlin Mott 74’)

University White and Thirroul’s match proved to be a hard-fought one that saw both teams battle it out until the final whistle.

With no goals in the first half of the match, the game looked to be a scoreless draw, but it was Kaitlin Mott who was able to neatly find the back of the net in the 74th minute giving the Thunderbirds a late 1-0 lead.   

The Unicorns had a few chances to equalise, but it was Thirroul who scored the only goal for the day and took home the three points. 

University White will take on Shellharbour this Sunday at Kooloobong Oval whilst Thirroul will host an undefeated Albion Park side. 

Shellharbour Scorpions: 2 (Tiana Reardon, Shante Lenartowicz)

Wollongong United: 4 (Teisha Mckenzie, Rikki-Lee Wardle, Kristen Gorgieski, Caitlin Cardwell)

Wollongong United secured their second win of the season with a two-goal victory over the young Shellharbour Scorpions.

United forward Kristen Gorgieski scored her fourth goal of the season while captain Rikki-Lee Wardle picked up her second. 

The win lifted United into the top four ahead of an interesting match-up with South Coast Flame this weekend.

As for Shellharbour, they will play away to Uni White.

Kiama Quarriers: 4 (Tahlia Burke 11’, Angela Graham 49’ 52’, Natalie Henderson 77’)

Warilla Wanderers:

Warilla went down 4-0 to Kiama Quarriers in the last fixture of the round on Tuesday night.

The Quarriers started strongly with a goal from Tahlia Burke which would be the only goal of the first half.

Just minutes into the second half, Angela Graham neatly slotted the ball past Wanderers goalkeeper Grace O’Shannessy. 

Shortly after, Graham was able to grab her second goal for the evening making the score 3-0 to the Quarriers. 

The Wanderers tried to no avail to get back into the match but in the end it was Kiama who extended their lead through captain Natalie Henderson.

Kiama Quarriers will take on undefeated University Yellow at Kooloobong Oval this Sunday afternoon, whilst the Warilla Wanderers will play against Woonona at Ocean Park.

Review by Alison Dinh, on Twitter @alisondinh_

Photo by Richie Wagner

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