Manly United outclass Macarthur
By Chris Curulli
Another late goal surge saw Manly United defeat Macarthur Rams 4-0 and secure back-to-back commanding victories in the first two rounds of the 2020 National Premier Leagues NSW women’s season.
In similar fashion to their opening round 6-1 win over Bankstown, a second-half goal barrage placed an exclamation mark on Chris Williams’ side’s performance, proving they are a force to be reckoned with this campaign.
Claudia Cholakian opened the scoring mid-way through the first half as she was fed in behind and thundered home a powerful finish off the underside of the crossbar.
She doubled her tally for the day in the 72nd minute by scrambling home a corner at the back post.
Five minutes later substitute Kahli Johnson made a threatening run down the left wing and her cross-cum-shot from an acute angle chipped the Macarthur goalkeeper to nestle in the top right corner.
In the 81st minute Manly found their third goal in less than ten minutes as Libby Copus-Brown broke through and released a threatening square ball in the area that was redirected into the back of the net by the Macarthur defender.
Cholakian was pleased with her teammates’ work ethic and determination to build on their opening round showing.
“With all due respect to Bankstown, going into the game we knew it was going to be a bit tougher than last week as Macarthur are always a strong team,” she said.
“We knew we had to up our performance even after winning 6-1 so the fact that we weren’t complacent and worked hard for each other was the real reason we managed to win again.
“I was really happy with the goals but I’m always looking to improve my game and know I had chances to score even more. It was also great to see Kahli get on the scoresheet.
“You never know when goal difference may come into play at the end of the season so it’s definitely important to make the most of a time when you’re on top of your opposition like that.
“There is definitely still room for improvement and I think the most important thing for us is keeping the momentum going and continuing to work hard for each other.”