As we head into Round six of the Umbro Women’s Premier League competition, team’s gear up to verse their opposition for the second time in 2023 as we can expect some very different results to round 1.
Our Round Six Match of the Round sees Birrong Sports host Revesby Workers White and is Birrong sit 3-points behind Revesby White on the ladder as the look to close the gap.
Elsewhere, East Bankstown Red look to end Georges River Thistle’s four game winning streak, while Revesby Maroon host East Bankstown Yellow at Padstow Park.
Match of the Round: Birrong Sports vs Revesby Workers White, 21st May 3pm @ Jim Ring Reserve Field 1
Previous Score: Revesby Workers White 1-1 Birrong Sports – Rd 1, 2023
Birrong Sports are given their best opportunity to climb back into the top four spots in the competition as they host a Revesby Workers White down on form at Jim Ring Reserve.
The last time these two sides met was in Round One this season where both sides could not be separated as the ended in 1-1.
Birrong Sports defence stood strong in Round One as Revesby White dominated field position and created attacking chances.
Birrong’s goalkeeper, Lauren Croucher was important in Round 1 as she held off Revesby’s chances on goal to help her side to an important point in this match.
Playing at home this weekend, Birrong will look to create more chances of their own in front of goal as they have lacked goals this season.
If Birrong can get their goal scorers in Caitlan Last and Emily Mcgrath in behind the Worker’s defence, they could go a long way to winning this match.
Workers White started off undefeated to start the season, however, back-to-back losses over the last two weeks has seen them drop down into 4th position after five rounds.
Workers Number 11, Karen Bennett, has been a standout for her side this season with five goals to start the season including her goal against Birrong in round one as she will look to continue her goal scoring form in round 6.
Workers White have struggled to keep opponents from scoring in their past two defeats as they have conceded eight goals. They will look to their number 1, Louise Cousins, to lead their defence from between the sticks to improve on their defensive displays.
With three points splitting both teams on the competition ladder, this clash looks to be a thriller with Birrong afforded the opportunity to move into fourth place with a win over Workers White this weekend.
East Bankstown Red vs Georges River Thistle, 21st May 3pm @ Jim Ring Reserve Field 2
Previous Meeting: Georges River Thistle 1-2 East Bankstown Red – Rd 1, 2023
East Bankstown Red look to beat the league leaders for the second time this season while Georges River Thistle need to win this match to remain at the top of the table.
The last time these two sides met was in Round One of the 2023 competition as Easts Red came back from a one goal deficit to beat the 2022 champions.
East Bankstown are coming off a big win as they won the East Bankstown derby against Easts Yellow 4-0 with their number 16, Tara Edmiston being the difference as she scored a first half hattrick.
Tara Edmiston and their captain Chiara Nohra look to be Easts main threats in goal as they have combined to score eight goals out of the ten the side has scored this season.
If they can hold out Thistle’s fire power in attack, they can look to get Tara and Chiara firing in front of goal to pinch another result in this match.
Georges River Thistle are coming off four straight victories, with their most recent win coming against Birrong Sports in a Grand Final rematch where Thistle’s number 7, Brooke Williams found the back of the net twice to lead her side to a 3-0 win.
Georges River Thistle would have been disappointed by the result in round one where their join top scorer, Jorja Murray opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, before Easts Red came back from behind to win 2-1.
However, Thistle is a much-improved side, and they will be confident their defence can hold out Easts Red attack and their attackers can combine as they are out for revenge in this match.
Easts Red could close the gap to first with victory, while the Jets could take three-point lead with success; this match could have massive ramifications for both sides’ seasons.
Revesby Workers Maroon vs East Bankstown Yellow, 21st May 3pm @ Jim Ring Reserve Field 2
Previous Meeting: East Bankstown 1-8 Revesby Workers Maroon – Rd 1, 2023
Revesby Workers Maroon look to make it four wins a row as they take on East Bankstown Yellow who are out for revenge after being dominated by Revesby Maroon earlier this year.
The last time these two sides met, Workers Mya Donnelly and Marianna Konidaris ran riot in the second half as the Workers won the game 8-1.
Revesby Maroon have been the form team in front of goal this season as they have scored twenty-two goals in the first five rounds of the competition.
Workers Mya Donnelly has been their main threat in front of goal as she has netted six goals in the opening five matches.
Workers number 20, Olivia Lambkin, might not be one of the sides most consistent goal scorer, however, Olivia has been at the core of her side’s success this year as she has consistently performed for her side week on week this season.
With a lot of threats in front of goal, Revesby Maroon will be confident that they can win this match as they look to chase down the competition leaders.
East Bankstown Yellow’s are still chasing down their first points of the season as they come into this match with added incentive after their loss to Revesby Maroon in round one.
Easts Yellow are a youthful side that play with a lot of energy and determination; however, they have lacked the experience to find points in tight games.
Easts keeper, Ella Mitchell has been a standout for her side and has managed to keep Easts Yellow in games and she will be key in this match once again coming up against the best attacking side in the competition so far.
Although they sit last on the competition ladder, don’t be surprised if Easts Yellow make things difficult for Revesby Maroon in this match.
With one team in form and another learning more every week, one moment could shift the outcome of the match as both sides hunt for their own successes.