Meg smashes six!

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7 August –

Article courtesy of Capital Football

CU Academy 0 Tuggeranong United 7 (Meg McLaughlin 7’, 14’, 35’, 61’, 62’, 81’, Rhiannon Daisley 16’)
(Hawker Football Centre)

By Nick Amies

Tuggeranong United closed out the Women’s Premier League regular season in style, notching up a 7-0 win over the CU Academy at Hawker Football Centre. After falling short in a tough 4-2 loss against Woden-Weston, the Academy made a spirited start to the match. Winger Lily Dawson made a strong run down the left flank, but the Tuggeranong defence recovered well to stifle the chance.

However it would not be long until the first goal of the match, with Meg McLaughlin putting Tuggeranong in front after seven minutes. The striker received the ball inside the penalty box and showed impressive strength to hold off her marker while slotting the ball past goalkeeper Olivia Riddel. McLaughlin put her pace to good use just minutes later, speeding through the Academy backline before finding the back of the net with ease once again. Rhiannon Daisley found Tuggeranong a third in the first 16 minutes, lobbing the Academy goalkeeper after a defensive mix up.

A first half hat-trick was in the offing for Meg McLaughlin and after hitting the post from another trademark run, the lethal striker capitalised on a poor clearance from a corner to score her third of the match in the 35th minute.

CU Academy may have entered half time four goals down, but it certainly did not dampen their spirits, with Isabel Mulhall and Anna Mihalyka pressing the Tuggeranong defence for any potential breakthrough. However at the other end it was a different story, as a defensive turnover handed a fourth goal to Meg McLaughlin. Less than a minute later the striker had her fifth of the match, blazing past defender Isabella Tammaro before putting the ball in the net once again.

The Academy were still searching for a goal, with Molly Lawless drawing a save from Tuggeranong goalkeeper Cristina Esposito. However it would be the visitors who would make the final mark on the scoreboard, with Meg McLaughlin tapping home Sandra Hill’s pass for her sixth of the match to cap off a dominant performance.

The result sees Tuggeranong leapfrog Woden-Weston into fourth place, but their place in the finals is far from certain. The Wanderers have a game in hand against Canberra FC and a win would see them return to the top four and secure a finals spot at Tuggeranong’s expense.

CU Academy: 1. Olivia RIDDEL, 2. Bronte PYKE, 3. Mikayla VIDMAR, 4. Sophie BARNSLEY, 7. Isabella TAMMARO, 8. Anna MIHALYKA, 12. Demi NIKIAS, 13. Stella DE MARCO, 14. Molly LAWLESS, 15. Isabel MULHALL, 16. Lily DAWSON
Substitutes used: 9. Mia GIORGI, 10. Georja DICKIE, 71. Alex MCKENZIE
Tuggeranong United: 1. Cristina ESPOSITO, 2. Rhiannon DAISLEY, 3. Miranda SUMMERSBY-MITCHELL, 5. Anna DOYLE, 6. Rachel CORBETT, 8. Meg MCLAUGHLIN, 9. Sarah DAISLEY, 11. Hayley MCLACHLAN, 12. Sophia EVANS, 13. Sandra HILL, 15. Stephanie COATES
Substitutes used: 14. Kimberley MORGAN, 23. Beth WILLIAMS, 25. Dianne WILSON
YELLOW CARDS: Nil
RED CARDS: Nil