What a finish to the regular season in the National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s competition we witnessed on Sunday afternoon.
Stoppage time drama at one end and a comfortable win at the other saw the playoff positions get shaken up as Sydney University Football Club officially took out the Premiership.
Blacktown Spartans 1-3 Sydney Olympic
The Spartans knew that a draw would be sufficient enough against Olympic to book their finals place.
A stoppage time collapse though would mean their finals dreams were over.
It was the away side that took the lead in the second period when Casey Dumont went down rushing out to a through ball as Mackenzie Hawkesby tapped home into an empty net.
Three minutes from the end of regular time, Candace Sciberras broke into the box and scored her first of the season, thinking they’d secured finals football.
In the 92nd minute though, Spartans’ hearts were broken as Cortnee Vine went down in the box, earning and slotting home the penalty.
Only two minutes later, Vine wrapped up the points for Olympic with a blistering run from within her own half, ending the Spartans’ season.
Northern Tigers 5-1 Macarthur Rams
Northern Tigers had to win and win big, along with hoping results went their way.
Everything went their way and they secured their second consecutive finals appearance.
Gema Simon had the Tigers in front in the eighth minute before a minute later Daisy Arrowsmith made it 2-0.
Laura Murtagh then halved the deficit and put the Rams back into the game.
Arrowsmith restored the two-goal buffer with a special finish, toe-pocking the ball beyond Sham Khamis.
Ellie Brush then rose highest at a corner to head the ball into the back of the net.
Arrowsmith secured her hat-trick from the spot and rounded off the 5-1 victory.
Manly United 4-0 APIA Leichhardt
Manly got the job done at Cromer Park against APIA Leichhardt with a comfortable victory.
Four goals and a clean sheet means United move into the finals full of confidence.
Goal scoring machine Tara Andrews kept her run going with a brace while Sunny Franco and Remy Siemsen got the other two.
It was a disappointing end of the season for APIA who expected so much more after such a positive start to life in the top-flight.
With the club high expectations, there will definitely be an inquiry at lambert Park to discuss where things went wrong.
Emerging Jets 0-5 Football NSW Institute
At Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, the Emerging Jets hosted Football NSW Institute.
It was the travelling side that started the better, going into half time three goals to the good.
They added another two in the second half to close off the 5-0 win.
Sydney University 3-1 Illawarra Stingrays
The Premiers continued with their fine form, accounting for the Illawarra Stingrays on Sunday afternoon.
Kendall Fletcher and Annabel Martin had Uni in front at half time.
Fletcher got her second while Olivia Price picked one up for the Stingrays for the 3-1 Uni victory.
North West Sydney Koalas 4-0 Bankstown City
It was one-way traffic at Christie Park as the North West Sydney Koalas finished their campaign off with a sound victory over Bankstown City.
Sophie Harding had the first goal of the game, bundling the ball home after a fine initial save by Annalee Grove.
Harding had her second with a looping header from a corner with 30 minutes remaining in the game.
It was three soon after as Alisha Bass scored from distance in style, the ball coming off the upright before hitting the back of the net.
The rout was complete when Harding rounded off her hat trick with a calm finish beyond Grove.
By Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s writer