Michael Ying Sing
MID COAST FC 0-5 CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI FC
Charlestown Azzurri moved into third place on the competition table with a convincing 5-0 win over Mid Coast in Taree on Saturday.
Azzurri put in a dominant performance against a subpar Mid Coast side in the only Indigenous Round NPL Women’s NNSW game to go ahead over the weekend due to the wet weather.
Azzurri scored two goals in two minutes midway through the first half to take a 2-0 lead going into half-time.
Brianna Williams opened the scoring in the 24th minute with an impressive long-range shot that found the back of the net. Just a minute later Summer Taube made it 2-0 with a close range tap in off a corner.
Taube got her second of the night in the 53rd minute before Tamara Nash made it 4-0 in the 79th minute.
New signing Indianna Asimus sealed the win for her new team in the 90th minute after an assist from Courtney Anderson.
The win moved Azzurri into third place, two points clear of Olympic and just two points behind second-placed Magic.
Azzurri coach Niko Papaspiropoulos was pleased with the result and his team’s efforts.
“It was a good win,” Papaspiropoulos said.
“It can be a bit tricky going up to Taree but coming away with a win and the clean sheet was good. I think we controlled the game for the most part, excluding one or two moments where we had small lapses in concentration and there were one or two moments where we could have been punished for it.
“Other than that the girls responded well, were in control of the game and we had possession for the most part and created plenty of opportunities and killed the game off convincingly in the end.”
As the only NPLW NNSW game to go ahead over the weekend, Papaspiropoulos was pleased his team even got the chance to play.
“We were fortunate to play because almost every game across the men’s and women’s leagues got called off,” Papaspiropoulos said.
“It was good to get the game in and have some consistency in our matches. It was a good team performance. The girls controlled the game from start to finish and got a clean sheet which was good.”
Mid Coast remain on seven points in seventh place with just two wins from 13 games. Coach Mick Grass was disappointed in his team’s performance against Azzurri and said much needed to improve to remain competitive.
“The performance was a big drop from what we’ve been putting on the park the last few weeks,” Grass said.
“It was pretty disappointing to be honest. There were a few players that just didn’t step up to the level they need to be at and we just didn’t get the job done.
“It probably comes down to our mindset more than anything. We’ve really got to get back to training and try and work on what’s going on in our heads.”
There will be no NPLW NNSW games next weekend as the NNSWF Women’s State Cup is being held at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility starting on Friday night.