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ArticleBy   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.

Article by Jordan Lim courtesy of The Corner Flag
Photos of the match are in the Gallery
A pulsating 3-3 draw between FC Bulleen Lions and Ashburton United on Monday night has ultimately damaged the long-term Women’s Premier League aspirations of both teams.

xDSC06262 Large Ashburton blew a two-goal lead which would have given them outright second on the table, while an agonising Bulleen miss in the eighth minute of stoppage time meant the Lions missed the chance to gain valuable ground in their pursuit of a finals berth.

Caitlin Friend turned the chance to win the game wide in a chaotic scramble deep, deep into added time.

Bulleen dominated the final 20 minutes and made Ashburton pay for failing to capitalise on a wealth of chances created earlier.

Ashburton’s pressing of Bulleen goalkeeper Cass Dimovski forced the first goal of the game after just three minutes, finished by Brittany Thomas after Melinda Ayres had made the initial interception of a Dimovski clearance.

Article by  courtesy of the Corner Flag

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The Matildas became the first Australian team to win a World Cup finals match with their 1-0 victory over Brazil, and Barbieri saw game time against the United States of America in the opening contest of the group stage.

But it was back to Wembley Park for Bubs on Friday night, and play got underway with an early chance for Ashburton.

Penny Bakopoulos played an under-weighted backpass to Barbieri which was picked off, however the resultant shot just missed wide of the post.

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