Queens Park’s march towards the Women’s Premier League title continued on Sunday afternoon with an emphatic 5-0 win against UWA-Nedlands at the UWA Sports Park.
First-half goals to Tia Stonehill, Sadie Lawrence and Shannon May gave the visitors a handy lead at the break, and Stonehill and Lawrence both added another after the break to complete the scoring.
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The win maintained their four-point lead at the top of the table, although the 5-0 scoreline could have been even more if not for some great saves from UWA keeper Alanna Gallatly.
Queens Park coach Ben Anderton was pleased with the performance from his side, especially as they were missing several players.
“We have had a few niggling injuries in the last few games, so we made the decision today to give them a rest and I was really pleased with the players who came in, and with our second-half performance,” he said.
“It’s always hard to break down a team when they have so many players behind the ball, but when we started to keep our shape a little bit better and we got our transition game going we looked a lot better.”
Defender Rebecca Bennett said it was good to get the win and prepare for a big game next week against second placed Northern Redbacks, who beat Stirling Panthers 6-0 on Sunday.
“I thought we dominated the game and we didn’t give them any clear-cut chances, which was pleasing,” she said.
“We upped our game in the second half and played the ball to feet and didn’t try and force things.
“We also recycled a lot through the back and played some good football and created some good chances, which is a positive with the Redbacks coming up next week.”
It was top v bottom in this one and Queens Park made a perfect start and were ahead after only seven minutes. Stonehill’s shot crashed off the post but she was alert enough to fire home the rebound.
They were in again 60 seconds later, this time Katarina Jukic’s long-range shot crashed off the same post, this time away to safety.
It was one-way traffic as Queens Park continued to dictate terms and Lawrence saw her header cleared off the line, but on 21 minutes she doubled the visitors lead by finishing clinically past Gallatly.
UWA went close themselves three minutes later. Jessica Pillera raced clear down the right but her shot was straight at Samantha Geodes.
But it was Queens Park who added a third two minutes before half-time when a great ball over the top by Nicole Campbell sent May in on goal and she finished well.
It was more of the same after half-time and it was 4-0 on 53 minutes. Stonehill went down the left before cutting inside her marker and finishing with a powerful shot, giving Gallatly no chance.
The UWA keeper was then out bravely to save at the feet of the lively Jukic, but there was nothing she could do on the hour when Queens Park added the fifth, Lawrence’s first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area flew into the net via the post.
Credit to UWA, they were defending gallantly with Siobhan Connolly and Cassandra Greenwell working overtime at the heart of the back four, while keeper Gallatly produced some great saves to deny Jukic, Jamie-Lee Gale and Grace Henry.
Queens Park 5 (Stonehill 7min, 53, Lawrence 21, 60, May 43)
Sunday August 5
Referee: Paul Mills
UWA-Nedlands: GK Alanna GALLATLY, 6 Siobhan CONNOLLY, 7 Leanne CAINE (10 Sarah CAMPION 80), 11 Monique SAUNDERS (2 Amelia BATES 58), 12 Alexandra LYONS, 13 Jessica PILLERA, 14 Jordanna MUSURUCA, 17 Safyr IRIKS (8 Leah CRABB 46), 18 Cassandra GREENWELL, 19 Zoe TESTROW, 20 Sina GREULE
Substitutes not used: 3 Sarah MOSELEY, 4 Lucy BANKS
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Queens Park: GK Samantha GEODES (RGK Dannelle CORNISH 46), 2 Angelique STANNETT (12 Kathryn SCHUBERT 58), 5 Shannon MAY (28 Grace HENRY 65), 6 Jamie-Lee GALE, 8 Sadie LAWRENCE, 9 Tia STONEHILL, 13 Rebecca BENNETT, 16 Jenna ONIONS (10 Nicole CAMPBELL 38), 22 Jaymee GIBBONS, 23 Katarina JUKIC, 33 Natasha RIGBY (19 Molly BOLTON 80)
Substitutes not used: Nil
Yellow cards: Gibbons 11, Cornish 47
Red cards: Nil