Tuggeranong United second half onslaught condemns Brindabella.
Tuggeranong United registered their first win of the Women’s Futsal Premier League on Wednesday night, defeating the Brindabella Blues 2-1.
The Blues jumped out to a first half lead of one goal, yet Tuggeranong never lost hope, scoring twice in quick secession to record the victory that takes them out of the bottom three but leaves Brindabella languishing towards the bottom of the table.
The game started at a frenetic pace, with Brindabella dominating possession, looking on top across the court, and it did not take them long to find the back of the net either with Alyssa Metherell putting them in front not long after the opening whistle.
The Blues kept the pressure on, with Metherell unlucky not to put her side 2-0 up with an audacious long range shot almost paying handsome dividends. Her team mate Skye Metherell went close to scoring as well after some fantastic lead up play in the middle of the court, but the Blues could not find the second elusive goal that would extend the first half buffer.
Tuggeranong weren’t without their share of misses either, with Tahila Stanley missing a short range shot that was magnificently kept out of the net by the Blues’ goalkeeper, and another shot on goal after a terrific individual effort from the middle of the court running towards goal.
However, the score remained at 1-0 to the advantage of Brindabella at the half time break, with Tuggeranong having some work to do if they were to come away with a win.
The second half started in opposite fashion to the first with Tuggeranong having the bulk of the possession and peppering the goals, yet they were unable to get the breakthrough needed to draw level.
The chances still presented themselves for both teams, with shots going just wide of the net by Blues’ Kate Davoren and Tuggeranong’s Erika Pennyfield respectively.
The breakthrough finally came about though after a haughty attempt on goal through the legs of a Brindabella opponent by Erika Pennyfield leveled the scores at 1-1, delivering a promising finish to the match.
The go ahead goal came not long after when a goal line scramble between Tuggeranong’s Shontelle Hellyer and the Blues’ goal keeper resulted in a contentious goal that was marked down as an own goal, given the Blues’ defender, goalkeeper and Tuggeranong’s Shontelle Hellyer were all tangled up on the goal line.
The second goal seemed to take the wind out of the sails of Brindabella, who were unable to recover and did not trouble the scorers for the remainder of the night.
Their woes were further compounded when Jess Metherell received two yellow cards in quick secession for an ugly incident with an opponent on the touch line, and then for dissent as she argued with the referee on the bench.
The match finished at 2-1 the good of Tuggeranong United, who secured their first win for the new season.
Women’s Futsal Premier League
Belconnen United 3 (Clare Munro (2), Erica Weatherly) Boomerangs FS 4 (Becky Roche (3), Amanda Dries)
Woden Valley 10 (Brittany Palombi (3), Ashleigh Palombi (2), Jaline Hoek (2), Rebecca Watts (2), Stephanie Coates) Canberra FC 0
Tuggeranong United 2 (Erika Pennyfield, own goal) Brindabella Blues 1 (Alyssa Metherell)
Weston Creek El Diva 4 (Luisa Marzotto (3), Kim Crocker) Kids FC 0
6 Brittany PALOMBI (Woden Valley)
5 Jasmine NORTON (Canberra FC)
4 Becky ROCHE (Boomerangs FS), Annica SCHOO (Tuggeranong United)
3 Claire MUNRO (Belconnen United), Kate DAVOREN (Brindabella Blues), Dianne WILSON (Canberra FC), Luisa MARZOTTO (Weston Creek El Diva), Jaline HOEK, Ashleigh PALOMBI (Woden Valley)
2 Jessica GOYNE (Belconnen United), Kendall SMITH, Kate WALKER (Kids FC), Erika PENNYFIELD (Tuggeranong United), Kim CROCKER (Weston Creek El Diva), Rebecca WATTS (Woden Valley)
1 Erica WEATHERLY (Belconnen United), Rachel CRITTENDEN, Sarah CRITTENDEN, Amanda DRIES (Boomerangs FS), Lisa CEELY, Alyssa METHERELL (Brindabella Blues), Rachael GOLDSTEIN, Mel LEARY (Canberra FC), Najwa ALLEN, Hayley BUCKINGHAM, Alice CHURCHILL (Kids FC), Natalie LACEY, Alison LOUND, Nicole SOMI, Sabrina SPINAPOLICE (Weston Creek El Diva), Stephanie COATES (Woden Valley) , own GOAL