Kids FC shock injury-hit Canberra FC
Kids FC stunned the more fancied Canberra FC on Wednesday night, coming back from a half time deficit to record the 3-1 victory at the AIS. Canberra FC dominated the first half but could not extend their one goal lead, and when Nikola Orgill went down with a foot injury midway through the first, and when their Goal Keeper left the game with a thumb complaint at the beginning of the second, Kids FC took full advantage, sending home three second half goals to seal the win.
The game started in a frenetic fashion, with Canberra FC maintaining the majority of possession, peppering the Kids FC goals almost every time they went forward. Nikola Orgill was dictating play through the middle of the court, setting up the majority of Canberra’s forward thrusts. Kids FC struggled to find the pace of the game in the early stages of the match, with Canberra FC unlucky not to break through several times in the opening ten minutes, and if it were not for the terrific performance of Kids’ Tahila Davidson in goal, they may well have.
Eventually the breakthrough came though just before the 10 minute mark of the first half, with Canberra FC’s Nikola Orgill finding the back of the net after linking up with her teammate Jasmine Norton to put their side up 1-0. Ironically, the goal seemed to ignite Kids FC, who suddenly started turning the ball over in the midfield and delivering goal scoring chances themselves, and when Canberra FC’s Jasmine Norton went down with an ankle complaint, the momentum had swung violently.
Yet they could not find the back of the net in the opening half, handing Canberra FC a 1-0 lead at the main break.
The momentum Kids FC had from the latter stages of the first half carried on into the second, with the Black and Whites keeping the Canberra defenders on their toes. Not long into the match the equaliser came through Alice Churchill who pounced on the loose ball after a corner and scorched a short range shot into the back of the net. Again Canberra were left reeling after their goal keeper came from the field directly following the goal clutching her thumb, and was eventually replaced in goal by Dianne Wilson.
The injury seemed to deflate Canberra FC, and not long after the restart Kids FC drew a penalty when Emma Beaumount was brought down with an ugly clash that earned the substitute a yellow card and handed Kids a penalty, which was duly converted by Kendall Smith to sensationally put the Black and Whites up 2-1. Canberra’s Nikola Orgill eventually returned to the court but by then Kids were well and truly in control and added another goal shortly after, with Vanessa Burdett delivering a cutting pass to Najwa Allen who hammered home a long range shot to seal the game at 3-1. Canberra’s main shot blocker eventually returned to the court after receiving treatment on the sidelines but by then the damage had been done and they could not overturn the Kids lead.
Women’s Futsal Premier League
Belconnen United 2 (Clare Munro, Jessica McEwan) Brindabella Blues 0
Woden Valley 8 (Jaline Hoek (5), Ashleigh Palombi (3), Brittany Palombi) Tuggeranong United 0
Kids FC 3 (Najwa Allen, Alice Churchill, Kendall Smith) Canberra FC 1 (Nikola Orgill)
Weston Creek El Diva 1 (Sabrina Spinapolice) Boomerangs FS 0
9 Brittany PALOMBI (Woden Valley)
8 Jaline HOEK, Ashleigh PALOMBI (Woden Valley)
5 Jasmine NORTON (Canberra FC)
4 Claire MUNRO, Brittany SMALE (Belconnen United), Becky ROCHE (Boomerangs FS), Nikola ORGILL (Canberra FC), Annica SCHOO (Tuggeranong United), Sabrina SPINAPOLICE (Weston Creek El Diva)
3 Jessica GOYNE, Jessica McEWAN (Belconnen United), Kate DAVOREN (Brindabella Blues), Rachael GOLDSTEIN, Dianne WILSON (Canberra FC), Kendall SMITH (Kids FC), Luisa MARZOTTO (Weston Creek El Diva)
2 Maja BLASCH (Belconnen United), Najwa ALLEN, Alice CHURCHILL, Kate WALKER (Kids FC), Erika PENNYFIELD (Tuggeranong United), Kim CROCKER, Nicole SOMI (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, Syke METHERELL, Tiahn RUKAVINA (Brindabella Blues), Mel LEARY (Canberra FC), Hayley BUCKINGHAM (Kids FC), Kristy HELMERS, Tahlia STANLEY (Tuggeranong United), Anna BENNETT, Natalie LACEY, Alison LOUND (Weston Creek El Diva), Stephanie COATES (Woden Valley), own GOAL