R5 – Women’s Supa-Liga, 2021/22 Summer Season
Featured Match Review
This week’s Women’s feature match was between the struggling Scarborough Sharks and league leaders Northern Hawks. The Sharks needed a win to stay in touch with the top four, who were starting to pull away from the rest of the league. Northern Hawks needed a win to gain the top position in the league.
The Sharks started the match with no substitutes on the bench and from the first whistle it was obvious that their goal was to be difficult to break down, Hawks with their full squad of 11 showed good movement, possession and patience on the ball but couldn’t do much to break through the solid diamond defense of the Sharks. The resolute and desperate defending was highlighted when Naido received a yellow card for a professional foul, stopping a Hawks 2v1. The wall was eventually broken through a well worked set piece, Cawley from the Hawks stepping up to pass the ball into the bottom left corner direct from the free kick, putting the Hawks up 1-0 at half time.
In the second half, the lack of substitutions was taking its toll on the Sharks, with every passing move from the Hawks, the Sharks would defend deeper towards their own goal and it was only a matter of time before the floodgates opened up. Cawley bagged her second of the match with a goal-of-the-week contender, followed by Cohen, Edwards (from goal), McCulloch, Johnson and an own goal, all sharing the spoils of an overpowering second half. Merredew from the Sharks scored a late consolation to end the game in a 7-1 win for the Hawks. Special mention to Ruby Cohen for winning her third MVP in a row after another solid all-round display.
In other league matches, Perth Pumas defeated West Coast Cobras 4-1 in a top four battle that helped the Pumas leapfrog the Cobras into 3rd position in the standings. Meanwhile, Devils FC overcame a strong Andinas side and also won 4-1, keeping them ahead of Pumas on goal difference, Andinas still looking for their first win in the league.