Box Hill United junior girls welcomed their South Melbourne counterparts to Wembley Park in their respective NPLW RD 2 fixtures today.
Here’s the complete lowdown on how things unfolded between the two sides:
U/12 Girls: Box Hill United 1-4 South Melbourne
Box Hill took the early initiative as Sienna Tantuccio burst through the middle to complete a fine finish, but South clawed back with two goals soon after.
The hosts could have gone three goals to the good, but were thwarted by South’s custodian, who first denied Evie Gladman and then turned away a deflected right-flank feed.
Box Hill continued to spread play admirably after the break, but ran into a roadblock as South’s last line of defence held strong. Tantuccio and Rachel Kijagulu both saw their goal-bound efforts intercepted.
On their part, the visitors netted two more goals on the counter to run out 4-1 winners.
U/14 Girls: Box Hill United 0-4 South Melbourne
Orlando Morales’ Box Hill U/14s began proceedings strongly, maintaining their cohesiveness and keeping a close tab on the South Melbourne frontline.
Lively striker Stacey Giannakopoulos went close after breaking forward for Box Hill, but was kept at bay by a finger-tip diving save from the opposition shot-stopper.
However, a period of four goals in five minutes across either side of half-time from South Melbourne turned the game in their favour, ultimately resulting in a 4-0 victory.
U/16 Girls: Box Hill United 1-2 South Melbourne
After soaking up early pressure from South, our U/16s shifted gears and deservedly nosed ahead on five minutes, as skipper Emali Goulas blasted a 25-yard free-kick home off the far upright.
But South restored parity after the change of ends, scoring beyond Box Hill goalkeeper Emma Somers’ outstretched arm.
The visitors then doubled their advantage with a fortuitous deflection midway through the second period, when a delivery from the left corner arc looped into the net over the entire Box Hill rearguard and proved to be the difference in the end.