Article by Mark Gojszyk , courtesty of The Corner Flag .
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An early goal to Melina Ayres was enough to separate Ashburton United and Box Hill United on a chilly night at Knox Regional Football Centre.
The hosts had control for much of the contest and were disappointed not to extend their lead, while Box Hill almost pinched a late equaliser after some late pressure.
Ashburton began the contest on the front foot, and caught the visitors napping as Georgia Cloepfil was found on the right wing.
The winger then delivered a well-weighted early ball towards the back post, where Ayres simply controlled the ball and stroked it into the bottom left corner.
Box Hill United triumphed in a contest befitting a Cup final, as the hosts ousted fellow WPL outfit Ashburton United 5-3 in their Team App Cup Round One clash.
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On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, two heavyweight outfits strolled out onto Bill Sewarts Athletic Pitch to kick off their cup campaigns. The reality was less picturesque as, like Thunderdome, only one would go on to survive the fight.
In a competition where most WPL sides were offered the luxury of a bye week, the two teams lined up with a rotated squad, although the quality brand of football on offer suggested anything but a weakened line-up from both clubs.
The opening goal came within seven minutes, and it was a stunning 25-yard strike from Melanie Camelleri; her strike passed the outstretched hand of Melissa Maizels, while serving to set the tone for Box Hill’s intent.
The first half continued on as a fairly one-sided affair with Box Hill flinging all it could at the Ashburton defence, in a desperate bid to build on their lead.
Even the goalkeeper was getting in on the act, as Box Hill’s Melissa Barbieri hoofed the ball to her opposite number; Maizels tumbling backwards while almost rolling the ball over the line.
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 .
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