MUWFC have followed bounced back from an opening week draw to claim a big 3 points over the newly promoted Adelaide Comets at Jack Smith Park, largely thanks to a Kristy Moore hat-trick.
Our girls dominated the first half an hour, pinning the Comets in their defensive third. There were plenty of half chances, with Kristy Moore, Donna Cockayne, Chrissy Panagaris and Ness Reed all having opportunities, but none managing to really test the Comets custodian.
However right on the half hour mark, we finally broke the deadlock when a beautifully floated Lauren Steer ball was perfectly weighted for Kristy Moore who didn’t break stride and executed a lovely first time finish over the onrushing keeper to make the score 1-0.
They say that the most dangerous time in a football match is straight after you score, and the next 15 simply proved that.
Our girls got complacent and fell asleep and gifted Comets two great chances, one which forced an outstanding 1 on 1 save from MUWFC keeper Hunter Strudwick, and the other which they were able to take advantage of and on 40 minutes, Elise Garlick brought the score back to 1-1.
Although we dominated territory in the first 45, MUWFC were lucky to go into the break level.
The second half started with neither side really asserting any real authority. There were a few half chances in the first 15 minutes of the half but nothing clear cut.
Realising that his team needed to gain the upper hand, MUWFC coach Tony Scalzi made a double change on the 60 minute mark, with Lauren Steer making way for Jess Signoriello, and a hungry Laura Stockdale coming on for Ellie Bills.
From the moment Stockdale stepped on the pitch, she dictated terms and suddenly the game well and truly swung our way and it was all one way traffic from there.
From a delightful piece of play where the ball was worked from left to right via Chrissy Panagaris, Stella Rigon, Need Reed then to Ebony Kyriacou, a delightful cross field ball from Kyriacou found Donna Cockayne who whipped a beautiful ball into the box for Kristy Moore, who won the corner.
From that corner Stella Rigon put a defenders nightmare of a ball into the box, and as Kristy Moore attacked it and the Comets defence tried to deal with it, a penalty was awarded to MUWFC for a handball.
Chrissy Panagaris slotted the resulting penalty, her second spot kick in as many weeks, into the back of the net to make it 2-1 after 62 minutes, and there was really only going to be one winner from there.
Only minutes later, in the 65th minute, Kristy Moore was at it again, managing to get on the end of a lovely Shelly Kuhar ball down the line, smashing it first time at the near post, and it was simply to hot to handle for the keeper as she spilt it over the line to make the score 3-1.
Between these goals, Stockdale was still causing utter havoc in midfield, teeing up chances for Panagaris and Cockayne, which were well snuffed out by the Comets defence.
On 69 minutes the game was sealed with Donna Cockayne playing a delightful pass down the line for Shelly Kuhar to run onto.
Kuhar then played a lovely cross for Kristy Moore to latch onto. Moore’s first time finish, whilst falling in full flight was techically brilliant, as it went into the bottom corner, well out of the keepers reach to make the score 4-1, and capture the first MUWFC hat-trick of 2019.
The last 20 minutes was just cruise control as the girls knocked it around, controlling the tempo and perhaps should have added to the tally.
The most dangerous chance was Rigon cutting back a vicious ball into the area, which just evaded the oncoming Chrissy Panagaris who was steaming into the box in full flight.
The final 10 minutes of the match, MUWFC were forced to play with 10 players after Stella Rigon went down with cramp and all 3 subs had been made, however it didn’t affect the game at all as MUWFC ran out the game comfortably.
Saturday, March 16 2019
South Australian WNPL 2019 – Round 2
Adelaide Comets 1 (Garlick 40′)
MUWFC 4 (Moore 30′, 65′, 69′, Panagaris 62′(P))
Venue: Jack Smith Park