Loiusa Bisby’s solitary strike was the difference in the clash of the United’s, with Bundoora holding on for a scrappy 1-0 victory over Ashburton at Hillsview Recrecreation Reserve.
Despite both sides possessing a potent attacking arsenal, neither really seemed to click, with Bisby’s 44th minute strike one of a few highlights in an otherwise subdued contest.
Ashburton were close to opening the scoring in the 13th minute when Britt Thomas nicked the ball in a dangerous area and passed to Fede Frew – easily noticeable with a bandage around her face due to a nosebleed before the game – but her strike flew over the bar.
The visitors settled the quickest, often seeking out Georgia Cloepfil as their main attacking outlet, who was causing havoc on the right wing.
Unfortunately for Ashburton, their attacks mostly broke down at or before the final delivery.
With half-time approaching, Emma Checker went on an unchecked run from defence to the left wing, but her cross into the box was struck over the bar again by Frew.
Another central defender, Gulcan Koca, was allowed a similar run from the back, finding Rachel Alonso in attacking midfield, with a couple more passes between her and Elly Curo finding Bisby in the centre of the box for an easy finish.
Article courtesy of TheCorner Flag and written by Marc Sudholtz
It was a David v Goliath clash on Monday evening as WPL newcomers South Yarra hosted Ashburton United, but unlike in the religious parable, Goliath triumphed on this occasion by a resounding 10-0 scoreline.
The visitors’ dominance commenced right from kick off, as they showed South Yarra no mercy.
The home defence held strong for the first seven minutes, with a dangerous free kick from Holly Richardson beating everyone before bouncing wide.
However, South Yarra were soon carved open by a quality Ashburton side, spearheaded by former Victory striker Laura Spiranovic.
A sweeping move from United found Jesse Kostikas on the penalty spot, and she slotted home past Ashleigh Bellman in the Yarra goal, signalling the opening of the floodgates for the visitors.
In the 13th minute, Georgia Cloepfil pounced on a defensive error – the keeper and defender getting the ball mixed up – finish easily into an open to make it 2-0.
Georgia Cloepfil's signing is no longer a secret after her fantastic first up appearance for Ashburton United in the opening match of the FFV Gala Day. In a game where Ashburton was dominant for much of the day but struggled to finish off on the scoreboard, Georgia broke the drought at the 55" mark. In a display which indicated there will be plenty more goals scored for Ashburton, Georgia's dominance out wide was an eye opener for many of the crowd at Broadmeadows Valley.
Cloepfil hails from the U.S. and is a 178cm goal scoring winger / striker who has starred for Macalester College in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and played for the Minnesota Twin Stars in 2014. Cloepfil has an amazing high level of athletic talent, is super competitive and hates to lose as much as she loves scoring goals. Her Macalester College coach, Michele Cornish rates her highly as a motivator with high standards for herself and her teammates. Highlights of Georgia's 2013 year are on YouTube .
Article courtesty of The Corner Flag.
A new era for the rebranded Ashburton United was shown in, but it wasn’t with the three points they would’ve wished for, as Boroondara Eagles came from behind to knick a 1-1 draw at Broadmeadows Valley Park.
A summer recruitment drive looks to have cemented Ashy’s position amongst the elite of the competition, and they got off to a fast start against last year’s third place outfit.
Britt Thomas registered the first shot of the match, but her side foot from Cloepfil’s cross went marginally wide.
Bulleen recruit Fede Frew then tried her luck from range, but Anna Lanning was up to the task in goal as she juggled the ball to safety.
Thomas again found herself in space in the area, but was unable to get the all-important touch from three-yard’s.
A swift counter attack saw Boroondara fashion their best opportunity of the first half, as Victory W-League midfielder Amy Jackson cantered down the pitch before delivering to Alisha Newman, who forced Melissa Maizels into a strong diving save.
The prodigiously talented Melina Ayres had a half chance saved from the edge of the area for Ashburton, which proved to be the final opportunity of the half.
Ashburton continued to pile on the pressure and it paid dividends in the 55th minute.
Ayres collected a raking pass from the impressive Jessica Kotsikas, controlling the ball before squaring up for her teammate.
While Lanning got a tough on the cross, it didn’t prove telling as Cloepfil mopped up at the back post and tapped in for a comfortable finish.
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