Article by Jordan Lim, courtesy of The Corner Flag
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Ashburton United had some clinical finishing to thank as they secured a 3-0 Women’s Premier League win on Saturday afternoon despite being well held by opponents Casey Comets.
A goal either side of the break to young winger Melina Ayres put Ashburton in the box seat, before Laura Spiranovic added a third to give them an unassailable lead at Comets Stadium.
The contest, played out in perfect conditions in the states South-East, moved at a slower tempo for the majority of the contest, with both sides stretching their opponents with long, diagonal balls.
As such, the width of Ashburton’s Briar Palmer and Casey’s Katrina Avila came to the fore in the opening stages, the former however let down by her final ball.
Ashburton United took a big step towards securing a top-three finish, and a double chance in the finals with a blockbuster 3-2 win over South Melbourne Women’s FC.
Georgia Cloepfil was the hero on the scoresheet for the home side, notching a clinical hat trick to deem Jamie Pollock and Tiffany Eliadis’ strikes not enough for the visitors.
Heidelberg United missed the chance to close the door to the Women’s Premier League top five as they drew 1-1 with Ashburton United at DISC on Saturday.
The Warriors are still almost certain to feature in finals action as they improved to 36 points from 19 games played, ahead of mathematically alive Bulleen Lions and Sandringham (both 29 points from 18 played).
Ashburton (second, 38 points) left the door to the top two and a finals double chance open to the chasing pack.
Ashburton goalkeeper Melissa Maizels needed some inspired form to keep the scores level after Georgia Cloepfil and Anisa Guajardo had earlier scored the game’s only goals.
The first half had a number of opportunities, but a lack of cutting edge and accuracy in front of goal from both teams.
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Ashburton United have eased their way past Caulfield United Cobras, prevailing 5-0 at Knox Regional Football Centre on Saturday night.
After a scoreless first half, coach Sinisa Cohadzic shifted winger Georgia Clopfil into centre forward, with the move paying dividends as the American scored four goals and assisted Emma Checker for the fifth.
Both teams struggled to adjust to the windy conditions early in the contest, as Ashburton saw a number of crosses sail over the bar, while Caulfield battled to get the ball out of their half against the breeze.
New Zealand signing Briar Palmer was busy early on the left wing, seeing two shots held by Caulfield ‘keeper Jaye Todd after passages of play involving Britt Thomas in midfield and Olivia Edwards pushing up from wing-back.
ArticleBy Mick Alesich courtesy of the Corner Flag
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Despite leading for the majority of the contest, Ashburton United were undone by a late Senior NTC free-kick and controversial second within minutes of each other in a frenetic 2-2 draw at Knox Regional Football Centre.
Goals to Laura Spiranovic and Georgia Cloepfil had Ashy cruising at 2-0, before Hayley Richmond and Nikolina Bucalo both struck their first goals of the season to draw level in a pulsating contest.
The cold night out had all the attendees shivering in their spots as the third placed Ashburton United took on an eighth placed Senior NTC, the former still working to secure their top five place in the WPL.
With a blow of the whistle, the ball kicked-off and the contest started at a fast moving pace; both teams using their speed to keep keep the pressure in the centre of the field.
Melbourne Victory’s Emma Checker kept control of the midfield with her usual poise and confidence.
Early on, Ashburton enjoyed good amounts of possession as the aforementioned Checker combined with Christine Pfeiffer, but her header went just past the post.
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