Weston-Molonglo El Diva has closed the gap on leaders Boomerangs FS to six points after Round 8 of the Women’s Futsal Premier League after they recorded a hard-fought 5-2 victory over Tuggeranong United. With the Boomerangs inactive this week, El Diva knew a win was vital to stay in touch with the runaway competition pace-setters and they got what they wanted even though the bottom club was tenacious in defeat. Nicole Somi netted a brace for El Diva with goals from Clare Munro, her seventh of the season, Alison Lound and Aniko Berguno proving just enough. United did manage goals from Shontelle Hellyer and Renae Shatzman but El Diva was a worthy winner.
Belconnen United are third after seven matches after they defeated Canberra FC 5-0. Defensively the Blue Devils have been very sound so far this year and they exposed the gaps created in the FC defence with ruthless efficiency. Erica Weatherly led the way with a hat-trick and there was also a double for Brittany Smale as the energy and ball movement of the Blue Devils ultimately proved too much for Canberra FC who slip down into fifth place in the standings.
Kids FC climbed above Canberra FC in the process with a convincing win of their own, halting ANU Vogue’s recent run of form with a 5-0 victory. Kids FC’s Laura Sofoulis has found her feet in the competition and followed up last week’s goal with a treble in this win. Emma Beaumont bagged her second goal of the season and Madelyn Whittall her sixth as Kids FC cruised to an important win that, coupled with their game in hand, could see them move to second place with a win in their re-arranged fixture.
Woden Valley meanwhile kept alive their top four aspirations with an important 3-1 win over Monaro Panthers. The positive result was Woden’s third win of the season and moves them onto eleven points and within touching distance of the top four. Jamie Berkeley’s strong start to the season continued as she pushes for ACT representative selection, scoring her tenth goal of the year to date with the promise of many more to come. Hayley Armstrong, with her sixth of the year, and Lorna Arkell also scored for Woden whilst Tiahn Rukavina struck only the Panther’s second goal of the season with Monaro struggling to find the net.
Belconnen United 5 (Erica Weatherly (3), Brittany Smale (2)) Canberra FC 0
Tuggeranong United 2 (Shontelle Hellyer, Renae Shatzman) Weston-Molonglo El Diva 5 (Nicole Somi (2), Clare Munro, Alison Lound, Aniko Berguno)
Kids FC 5 (Laura Sofoulis (3), Emma Beuamont, Madelyn Whittall) ANU Vogue 0
Woden Valley 3 (Jamie Berkeley, Hayley Armstrong, Lorna Arkell) Monaro Panthers 1 (Tiahn Rukavina)
16 Ashleigh PALOMBI (Boomerangs FS)
15 Brittany PALOMBI (Boomerangs FS)
10 Jamie BERKELEY (Woden Valley)
9 Erica WEATHERLY (Belconnen United)
8 Erika PENNYFIELD (ANU Vogue)
7 Nicole JALOCHA (Belconnen United), Rachael GOLDSTEIN (Canberra FC), Clare MUNRO (Weston-Molonglo El Diva)
6 Annica SCHOO (ANU Vogue), Hayley BUCKINGHAM, Madelyn WHITTALL (Kids FC), Nicole SOMI (Weston-Molonglo El Diva), Hayley ARMSTRONG (Woden Valley)
5 Brittany SMALE (Belconnen United), Erin CLOUT, Sarah CRITTENDEN (Boomerangs FS)
4 Maja BLASCH (Belconnen United), Laura SOFOULIS (Kids FC), Kim SMITH (Weston-Molonglo El Diva)
3 Becky ROCHE (Boomerangs FS), Amanda DRIES (Canberra FC), Najwa ALLEN (Kids FC), Dianne WILSON (Tuggeranong United), Own GOALS
2 Jessica McEWAN, Samantha PRICE (Belconnen United), Leanne POMPEANI (Canberra FC), Emma BEAUMONT, Kate WALKER (Kids FC), Shontelle HELLYER (Tuggeranong United)
1 Jill PADROTTA, Shona ROBSON, Aleisha TUPPER (ANU Vogue), Jessica GOYNE, Snez VELJANOVSKA (Belconnen United), Michelle AUROUSSEAU, Becky WATTS (Boomerangs FS), Rebecca COLLINS, Stephanie COATES (Canberra FC), Tiahn RUKAVINA, Vanh MANTHONGSY (Monaro Panthers), Ashley HARE, Katherine McFADYEN, Renae SHATZMAN, Sonya SHEEDY (Tuggeranong United), Aniko BERGUNO, Alison LOUND (Weston-Molonglo El Diva), Lorna ARKELL, Lorena BARABRO, Alexandra COOK, Sandra HILL (Woden Valley)