Kanwal 4 – Woongarrah 1

Kanwal gets the best of their local rivals for the second time this year with a dominant 4-1 win over Woongarrah this past Sunday.

This past weekend saw the 2nd instalment of the local derby as Woongarrah were intent on improving their round 1 results against rivals Kanwal. Woongarrah were very wary of the opposition’s pace upfront and their positive goal difference, so Dave Hurley set his side up with a more defensive line-up than their previous games. Kanwal started the game very positive and strong as they look to control possession early. Kanwal were rewarded for their opening efforts on the 15th-minute mark when Alisha Dudman got the game’s first goal. Not long after the Bulls got their first, they doubled their lead through Casey Cooper who scored a screamer from an impressive angle that beat the keeper. Midway through the first half, Alisha Rais made a decisive run through the midfield, played teammate Niesha Monteleone in for a shot on goal which was deflected by the Kanwal defender and fell perfectly for Emma Hurley who was on spot to put the ball into the back of the net for Woongarrah. Kanwal remained calm and patient for the remainder of the first half despite a few clear chances, the score remained 2-1 at the break, a fair indication of the opening 45 minutes of the game.

With the opportunity for Woongarrah to try and gain a point for this fixture, the Wildcats pressed higher up the pitch to try and convert one of their few scoring opportunities. Kanwal found plenty of success as Woongarrah continued to push players forward with quick counterattacks that would continue to worry the Woongarrah backline. Jen Tatum was able to give Kanwal some breathing space after she got her head on the end of a cross from Hayley Green. The last goal of the game came from Hayls Ballard who slotted home a Casey Cooper cross to take the final score to 4-1.

“Even though this was a loss, we are definitely improving as a squad as the season progresses which is a positive outcome for our players. A special mention must go to Zoe Rogers who played up from the U16’s and started first grade for the first time, well done Zoe,” commented Woongarrah coach Dave Hurley.

Kanwal’s Hayls Ballard stated that their result on the weekend was a significant win as they look to keep building on their performances each week. “That was another important 3 points for us this week and some goals to add to the tally. We need to keep our roll going heading into next week against Southern & Ettalong, which again will be important points if we wish to remain in the top 4.”

Kariong 0 – Umina 4

Umina claimed a 4-0 victory after Kariong forfeited their Round 10 match against the E-Gals.

Postponed Games –

Southern & Ettalong v East Gosford

Terrigal v Killarney

Wyong v Gosford

WPL Leading Goal Scorers –

14Kate Styles (Umina)
12Taylor Thackray (Gosford)
11Madelene Yates (Gosford)
8Hayls Ballard (Kanwal)

WPL Round 11 Fixtures –

Written by Adam Blunden.