Erenli brace topples Bundoora
Bundoora United 0-2 Box Hill United
Shaun Moran (@MoranShaun)
Box Hill United have come away from Bundoora United with three vital points after netting twice in their Round Four Women?s Premier League clash at Hillsview Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
Two goals from new recruit Seyma Erenli either side of the break in conjunction with some resolute defending sealed a crucial win for the defending champions, which was made ever so important after a modest start to the season.
The win destroyed Bundoora?s opening three game winning streak and it was evident from the outset that the visitors were going to test Mark Torcaso?s side which was missing the likes of Caitlin Friend and Rachel Alonso.
It was a cagey affair in the early stages with both midfields being content to stroke the ball around, meaning both defences had to ward off very little pressure.
After a number of chances, Erenli was not to be denied when she met a cross put in from the left flank to poke past Diarna Cartwright, whose fingertip to the ball could not prevent it from rolling over the line.
The home side?s best chance of the first half came about in the final minute of the first half when Tayla Evans?s bustling run into the area almost culminated in her tapping home past Stephanie Brewer, but Box Hill?s custodian was vigilant enough to smother Evan?s attempt.
Box Hill went up the other end immediately and Erenli?s volley that was hit from a failed clearance rocketed off the cross bar, sparing Cartwright?s blushes.
Bundoora shot out of the blocks at the beginning of the second half, with Gulcan Kola?s wonderful through ball sending Julia Sardo away down the right hand side, but her cross come shot was parried away easily by Brewer.
Moments later, Erenli?s dazzling run into the area was halted by Claudia Fruscallo, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot. Erenli duly stepped up and drilled her penalty low and hard into the left hand corner to the delight of the away contingent.
The home side continued to attack and Barilla?s carefully directed pass landed at Kola?s feet, who saw her one step shot from outside the area dip over the cross bar.
This was to be the last of Bundoora?s joy as Box Hill turned the screws, dominating possession and maintaining the ball in their attacking territory.
After the match, Box Hill Coach Jeff Hawkins explained that he was pleased with his player?s performance, underlying the significance of beating Bundoora on their home pitch.
?It?s always good to get three points from Bundoora. They?re a very good team and work very hard and try to play football which is good,? he said.
Moreover, he acknowledged the importance of not conceding in the first half, when his side had the wind in their faces.
?The first half was what set us up. They had the wind and we held solid. We were against the wind and defended well, allowing us to capitalise in the second half,? he added.
The result means Box Hill leapfrogs Bundoora in the standings, with Torcaso?s side knowing they will need to reassert themselves next Sunday away to slow-starting Preston. Box Hill will be hoping to make it three in a row when they host Heidelberg at home next Friday evening.
Bundoora United: Diarna CARTWRIGHT, Claudia FRUSCALLO, Julia SARDO (Olivia EDWARDS 53?), Melissa MISSALIDIS, Tayla EVANS (Iliona JAKAB 50?), Catherine WYWE-O?BRIEN (Stephanie ODDO 61?), Teejay VLAJNIC, Matilda FORD, Gulcan KOCA, Enza BARILLA (Cristine MANCUSO 68?), Stephanie GALEA, .
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None
Box Hill United: Stephanie BREWER, Tina GRKINJIC (Madelaine RICHARDSON 83?), Emma HECKENBERG (Mariah MEAGHER 83?), Jessica HUMBLE, Anouk MEEREBOER (Ruby FOOTTIT 64?), Emily HULBERT (Padiki DADE 66?), Grace VINCENT, Stacey PAPADOPOULOS (Ebru EFE 85?), Georgia KOUTROUVELIS, Elaina VATCKY (Ruby FOOTTIT 56?), Seyma ERENLI.
Goals: Erenli (28?, 50?)
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None