The Ashburton United community wishes star Women's Premier League central defender Emma Checker the best of luck on her forthcoming tour of Vietnam with the Young Matilda's U20 side. Emma will miss the match against the Caulfield United Cobras, but will return for round 8 in the Sportsmart Women's Premier League.
Melina Ayres bagged four for herself, Georgia Cloepfil scored a brace, and Laura Spiranovic and Jesse Kotsikas both added singles in a rout for the visitors.
Joey Cartwright did manage a consolation goal for the development side, but they were simply unable to respond to Ashburton’s pressure when it mattered.
This match featured eight goals, but in a much closer encounter neither side could be separated with four goals each.
New Lionness Racheal Quigley struck first after good build-up work from Cindy Lay.
Quigley then turned provider, assisting Caitlin Friend with a sublime one-two.
Article by Mark Gojszyk , courtesty of The Corner Flag .
Photos of the match re in the Gallery
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.
Photos of the match are in the Gallery. Click here.
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.
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