Sydney Olympic FC have booked their place in the PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s Grand Final following a professional 2-nil victory against Sutherland Shire FA this afternoon at Fraser Park.
Goals in either half was enough for the Premiers to give themselves a well deserved week off to rest up their injuries which included top-scorer Madelaine Costanzo, while Bankstown City Lions and Sutherland face off in the preliminary final.
Rochelle Borromeo scored the pick of the goals with her stunning strike in the 19th minute before substitute Naomi Nguyen confirmed the 2-nil with her 64th minute tap-in.
Olympic FC were the top goal-scorers across the PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women’s competition and they took their spirit into the contest tonight.
Madelaine Costanzo found space in the midfield before she unleashed a shot that Shire FA keeper Emma Gidney had to claw away from the goalmouth.
The spirit shown by Costanzo as she chased down a diagonal pass then whipped into a dangerous cross that Courtney Holmwood thudded against the post as Gidney watched on.
After they weathered the early storm, Sutherland Shire FA looked more the side that finished second in the table after the regular season. Raegan Deeley tried to dink one over Chloe Avgoustou but the shot stopper was up to task.
Rochelle Borromeo gave Sydney Olympic FC their reward for the early dominance, the forward chipped a magnificent effort that sailed into the net for 1-nil.
For the rest of the first half, it followed the holding pattern as Sydney Olympic broke quickly through Costanzo and Holmwood which put Gidney under intense pressure although it didn’t yield any more goals.
Sutherland Shire FA started the second half as they almost caught Olympic off guard within a minute of the restart. Genevieve Nisbet forced Avgoustou into a tough catch after Deeley strode through the Olympic midfield.
Soon though, Olympic FC regained control of the contest and Costanzo was denied at point blank range by Gidney in the 62nd minute to keep the margin to one.
The second was coming and it arrived in the 64th minute for Olympic FC. Holmwood bustled down the left then crafted a wicked cross for substitute Naomi Nguyen to tap home for 2-nil.
As the clock continued to tick down, desperation saw Sutherland Shire FA push forward and find some reward behind the Olympic FC midfield but they weren’t able to put away their chances.
So it will be Premiers Sydney Olympic FC first into this year’s Grand Final.
Afterwards Olympic FC coach George Beltsos was happy to advance plus earn a week’s rest.
“I’m very happy with the girls – happy for their performance today. Unfortunately we have picked up a few injuries but thankfully we have some time off now,”
“Sutherland played a good game, it was a tough contest but I am just happy we got the win.” Finished Beltsos.
The Sutherland Shire FA coach lamented the fact his side went away from their usual gameplan.
“We didn’t play our best football. Didn’t commit going forward, struggled to get into our groove. We missed a few crucial chances against a good team like Olympic FC,”
“Overall we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal, luckily we have another week of practice to get things right before we play Bankstown City Lions.” He said.
Sunday 20th August 2017
Sydney Olympic FC 2 (Borromeo ’19 & Nguyen ’64)
Sutherland Shire FA 0
Sydney Olympic FC: 2. TAYLOR Eloise, 3. MATAMUA Teome, 4. BARHAM Deirdre, 5. TSOUPIS Kalista, 6. HALASKA Kate, 7. CHEN Lily(CALVI ’45), 9. COSTANZO Madelaine(NGUYEN ’59), 10. BORROMEO Rochelle(BROWNING ’82), 12. HOLMWOOD Courtney, 23. MCPHERSON Kate and GK. AVGOUSTOU Chloe
Subs not used: 1. WATSON-CARR Grace and 16. AMBERG Amanda
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
Sutherland Shire FA: 7. HENRY Grace, 14. BAKER Jordan, 21, GIDNEY Emma, 35. BESZ Nicole, 38. DEELEY Raegan, 39. MANOS Georgia, 40. MAXWELL Morgan(VUKASIN ‘ ), 43. NISBET Genevieve, 45. WISE Danielle, 47. CHRISTIE Brittany(BIRDSALL ‘ ) and 49. ELLIS Jessica(MUTCH ‘ )
Subs not used: 16. NELSON Melody and 73. JAMES Georgia
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil
-By Justin Davies, PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women’s reporter