WNPL/Reserves/Division 1 Cup Preview
The WNPL/Reserves/Division 1 Cup begins tonight, with two absolutely mouth watering fixtures for MUWFC.
Our WNPL side was one of 6 sides to receive a “Bye” and gained automatic progression to the Round of 16 stage of the competition.
MUWFC Reserves drew a massive rival in Adelaide City, and one would be wise to think this will be as close as most of these clashes are.
Both sides are underperforming by the respective clubs standards. MUWFC Reserves, having gone undefeated for the entire 2018 season and claiming every trophy on offer, will be keen to kick their 2019 into gear, after having 4 wins and 4 losses after 8 rounds to be sitting in 5th on the WNPL Reserves table.
Captain Zoe Hammond is back from an early season injury, and will be desperate to knock the old rival out of the Cup at the first opportunity. Mirella Scalzi and Casey Elliott-Tripodi will be key in defence, Georgia Henderson in midfield will be sure to create problems for City, while Roxy Dodd and Monica Brown are always dangerous in the front third. Mary-Ann Frost has the potential change the game with her outstanding defending, mixed with lung bursting runs forward, and coach Marcelo Vilches will be ecstatic to have her back after a 1 year hiatus from the game.
After a 3-0 MUWFC win in the League 4 weeks ago, the girls will be looking for another win over arch rivals Adelaide City.
MUWFC Division 1 side has been drawn a tricky fixture, facing Salisbury Inter Reserves away at Underdown Park, in what will likely be the closest of the Division 1 vs Reserves matches in this round of the Cup.
MUWFC have had a relatively even start to 2019 in Division 1, with 3 wins and 2 losses from the first 5 Rounds, however after a 7-3 loss to Salisbury United last week, coach Leo Cappelluti and Assistant Jason Cavey will be sure to have their team fired up and there would be no better response than to beat a Reserves side. Meanwhile, Salisbury Inter have had a rough start to 2019 in the WNPL Reserves competition, with only 1 win and a draw from their first 8 games.
Justyna Dul will be key to our MUWFC Division 1 ladies chances, with her blistering pace a major weapon going forward, as well as Captain Mary Weaver with her exquisite skills with the ball at her feet, who is now back playing on the field after having an extended run as goalkeeper during the start of the season due to injuries in the WNPL squad. Tegan Broome will be a force to be reckoned with in midfield, while Gracie Scarman is a very handy inclusion after returning to the club this season. Goalkeeper Olivia Bunge and Taylor Wittwer will also face their former club in this one, and will be keen to have a good game.
Rug up tonight and get out to one of these two massive Cup matches, and show your support for our ladies in red, with both matches kick off at 7:00pm.