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Brace From London's Kovacevic Breaks Aurora's Heart

06/03/2018, 9:30am EDT
By Anthony Gallo

A pair of goals from Jade Kovacevic (45+3', 88') were enough for FC London to see off Aurora FC at Stewart Burnett Park in Matchweek Six action.

London got off to a quick start, creating three shots on target before the 20th minute mark.

Aurora keeper Meghan Phillips would be quite busy on this Saturday afternoon, forced into making numerous key saves in the early stages to try and help her side into the break on even terms with the leading League1 women’s side, FC London.

Aurora were given a great opportunity in the 22nd minute when a through ball to striker Samantha Murphy saw her spring forward on goal, but London full-back Jenna Hong was able to get back just in time.

The travelling London side were given a harsh blow in the 44th minute, when winger Ashley Campbell earned her second yellow and was sent off.

However, Aurora's steadfast resistance was broken when current 2018 League1 women’s top scorer Kovacevic (45+3’) was able to make a quick run from 25 yards out and fire a shot bottom right for her eighth goal of the year.

Throughout the first 45 minutes, Aurora had problems connecting passes in their own half, as FC London's pressure forced interceptions of numerous passes and initiated quick counters.

The second half saw a ten player London side switch from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-2-3, with Kovacevic, Marisa Oliveira and Nicole Nielsen leading the attack.

As for Aurora, they changed to a 4-1-4-1, with striker Murphy alone on top.

Phillips was forced to make two big stops when the second half began, as London were unable to finish off a quick break down the right side and caused trouble with a well-taken corner kick set-piece in the 47th minute.

Looking to get back into the match, Aurora's squad - comprised of 15 U-23 players (11 of which were born after 2000) - made sure the more experienced FC London side didn’t just walk all over them, and were able to fight off any ensuing attack their opponent threw at them.

With three shots on target in the last ten minutes of play, Aurora’s hope of going home with a point was squashed by Kovacevic (88’) as she out muscled her defender and tucked a ball underneath the rushing keeper.

With the win, London improve to 4-0-1 on the season and continue to lead the League1 women’s division.

Up next for FC London will be a home match against the joint second placed Vaughan Azzurri on June 9 (7:30 p.m.).

Click here to keep up on all the news, goals, wins and statistics for FC London women on their team page.

As for Aurora, they will travel to Vaughan Grove 1 to take on the Woodbridge Strikers on June 10 (10:00 a.m.).

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