Article courtesy of Capital Football
Tuggeranong United 4 (Meg McLaughlin 27’, 54’, 90’, Sandra Hill 51’) CU Academy 0
By Nick Amies
Tuggeranong United got their first win over the ACT Women’s Premier League season with a 4-0 triumph over the Canberra United Academy at Kambah on Sunday. The home side raced out of the blocks, applying heavy pressure to the Academy defence as they tried to pass the ball out from the back. Meg McLaughlin disposed goalkeeper Jaime Butler after a shaky first touch, but Mikayla Vidmar was on hand to block the resulting shot by Alex Lawrence. Lawrence went close again minutes later after Isabella Tammaro misplaced a pass from central defence, striking the crossbar from just inside the penalty area. It was certainly a nervous opening to the match for Canberra United, but the visitors began to grow into the match with some fine passages of play down the right flank from winger Lily Dawson.
However, at this level all it takes is a second to find a breakthrough and Tuggeranong hit the front in the 27th minute. Sandra Hill advanced from defence with the ball at her feet and produced an inch-perfect pass through the Academy centre backs to find the run of Meg McLaughlin. The striker continued on from her hat-trick last week, coolly finishing past the ‘keeper for her fifth goal of the season. It was a cruel blow for the Academy after overcoming their early stutters, but the visitors began an immediate search for an equaliser. Making a promising foray down the left touchline, Anna Mihalyka cut inside her defender a cut the ball back to Stella De Marco on the edge of the box, but the midfielder’s shot was smothered by a wall of Tuggeranong defenders.
Tuggeranong went into the break a goal to the good, but would seal the result in the opening minutes of the second half after scoring twice in quick succession. Canberra United attempted to get back into the match from a corner, but Tuggeranong cleared the danger and sprung forward on a quick counter through Meg McLaughlin. The striker dribbled past a series of players before crossing it into the middle to pick out Sandra Hill for a simple tap-in and her first goal of the season. Hill, pushed into midfield by Coach Michael Aldred after a half-time substitution, picked up her second assist of the match by once again linking up with McLaughlin. It was a near carbon-copy of the second goal, as Hill’s cross from the right was tapped home by the striker for her second of the match.
McLaughlin completed her hat-trick in the 90th minute, and once again it was Sandra Hill who created the chance. The midfielder’s low driven shot was saved well by substitute ‘keeper Olivia Riddell, but McLaughlin was on hand to pounce on the loose ball and complete the scoring. The result gives Tuggeranong their first points of the season after a series of near-misses, while the Canberra United Academy remain at the bottom of the ladder ahead of next weekend’s meeting with the undefeated Canberra FC.
Tuggeranong United: 1. Jill SCOTT, 3. Anna DOYLE, 6. Rachael CORBETT, 7. Stephanie COATES, 8. Meg MCLAUGHLIN, 9. Alex LAWRENCE, 10. Miranda SUMMERSBY-MITCHELL, 12. Sophie EVANS, 13. Sandra HILL, 24. Jamie BERKELEY, 25. Dianne WILSON
Substitutes used: 11. Hayley MCLACHLAN, 14, Beth WILLIAMS, 15. Renae SHATZMAN
CU Academy: 1. Jaime BUTLER, 2. Bronte PYKE, 3. Mikayla VIDMAR, 4. Sophie BARNSLEY, 6. Cecilija MATIC, 7. Isabella TAMMARO, 8. Anna MIHALYKA, 10. Georja DICKIE, 12. Demi NIKIAS, 13. Stella DE MARCO, 16. Lily DAWSON
Substitutes used: 5. Emily JENSEN, 14, Molly LAWLESS, 16. Olivia RIDDELL
YELLOW CARDS: Nil
RED CARDS: Nil