Match report courtesy of Capital Football
Woden-Weston FC 2 (Rhianna Goldstein 5’, Leah Carnegie 78’) Tuggeranong United
By Isaac Norwoozi
Woden-Weston FC edged Tuggeranong United FC to earn their first win of the 2016 Women’s Premier League season. It was a battle of defences as Woden-Weston FC held on to take all three points in a gritty 2-nil win over Tuggeranong United. Tuggeranong United started the game off strong, coming up just short of goal twice within minutes of kick-off. However, Woden-Weston found their groove shortly after, and punished a relaxed Tuggeranong defence just five minutes into the game. Rhianna Goldstein found space to shoot from outside the box, and the ball ended up in the back of the net, despite goalkeeper Jill Scott getting a hand to it. Tuggeranong nearly got an equaliser shortly after, but Rhiannon Daisley’s outside of the foot attempt came off the post and was cleared frantically. Woden would then go on the counter, where Goldstein caught Scott off her line. Goldstein was unable to punish Tuggeranong however, as her effort missed the goal by inches.
The match started to heat up, rough challenges from members of both sides led to frustration on the pitch. Tuggeranong United shifted momentum in their favour, putting Woden-Weston’s defence under immense pressure time and time again. However, Woden defended well and almost caught Tuggeranong on the counter multiple times, forcing goalkeeper Scott to come out of her box and clear the ball on several occasions. The first half was an exciting back-and-forth affair, but ended with just the one goal in Woden’s favour. Tuggeranong United hit the ground running once again in the second half, making several chances but failing to hit the target every time. Woden had their chances, but it was Tuggeranong that dominated possession for most of the second half. Despite their dominance, Tuggeranong were unable to find an equaliser, as Woden defended valiantly to refuse their opponents a path to goal.
When momentum the momentum finally shifted, Woden were able to add a cushion to their lead with just over ten minutes remaining in the game. Leah Carnegie found space outside the box, and fired the ball into the top corner of the net giving the keeper no chance, and her side a two goal lead. Woden would hang on to earn the 2-nil win at AIS Field 1. Tuggeranong United head coach Michael Aldred says he was disappointed with the end result but believes that his side played good football nonetheless. “I’m a little bit disappointed (about the result), but I think we played football, we played well, but we just got a little bit outsmarted and out muscled today” said Aldred. “We’re trying to play football the right way. It’s a learning curve for a very young side. I think we just need to continue training the way we do and believe in what we are doing”.
Woden Weston head coach Diego Elmoudawar was pleased with his sides’ performance, and their ability to turnaround after a tough loss. “It was a much better performance than last week” said Elmoudawar. “We worked much harder, out fitness improved, and we kept going for the full 90 minutes.” Elmoudawar also credits his sides defence for sticking to the game plan to earn the clean sheet. “That was something we worked on the whole week. That was in the game plan” he said. “We really stuck to the game plan, and with a bit more work up front we are going to do a lot of damage to the rest of the teams”.
Woden-Weston FC: 1. Georgia BORIC, 3. Edith MELI, 4. Rhianna GOLDSTEIN, 5. Karen CLARKE, 6. Sarah WHITFIELD, 8. Erika PENNYFIELD, 9. Paula VAN DOMMELEN, 11. Emma BEAUMONT, 14. Georgie THOMSON, 18. Bridgit PLUMMER, 36. Jemima MILLAR-CARTON
Substitutes used: 2. Celina GAYER, 25. Vanessa RYAN, 34. Leah CARNEGIE
Tuggeranong United: 1. Jill SCOTT, 6. Rachael CORBETT, 7. Hayley MCLACHLAN, 8. Meg MCLAUGHLIN, 10. Miranda SUMMERSBY-MITCHELL, 11. Rhiannon DAISLEY, 12. Sophie EVANS, 13. Sandra HILL, 15. Stephanie COATES, 24. Jamie BERKELEY, 25. Dianne WILSON
Substitutes used: 2. Kimberly MORGAN, 3. Sarah DAISLEY, 9. Renae SHATZMAN
YELLOW CARDS: 14. Georgie THOMSON (Woden-Weston FC)
RED CARDS: Nil