Balcatta FC and NTC played out an intense 1-1 draw in round 16 of the Bankwest Women’s State League at Grindleford Reserve on Sunday.
A first half stoppage time goal from Kizanne Mulder put Balcatta ahead at half time, after a flurry of chances were missed early on.
Ellie La Monte and Christiane Astorp both tested the goalkeeper in the early minutes of the first half but Morgan Aquino stood tall in goals and kept the efforts out.
Balcatta coach Andrew Di Cavlo felt the result was the true reflection on the game.
“There wasn’t really much in it,” he said.
“Not a lot of clear chances and 1-1 was a fair result in the end.”
Di Cavlo went on to praise his star forward La Monte.
“She works really hard and we tried to get her more involved in behind, sometimes it doesn’t work out for her.
“She’s a really good player for us and we’re glad to have her in the team.”
NTC came back strong in the second half and were rewarded for their early pressing as Natarsha Smith scored with a towering header straight from a corner just three minutes from the restart.
Annabelle Leek found time and space in the six-yard box a short time later, but could only header wide.
NTC coach Jessine Bonzas felt a draw was a fair result but said her side could have performed better.
“We can be fairly satisfied with our performance,” she said.
“We probably could’ve capitalised on a few more of our opportunities but overall, we played a good brand of football.
“I think we controlled more possession than the opposition and our young players are really stepping up. Our 3 and 4 driving into midfield and creating good overloads in different areas of the pitch are really promising signs.”
NTC captain Abbey Meakins put in a dominant display in midfield and was arguably the player of the match.
Bonzas was quick to praise her star player.
“We’ve asked Abbey to start dominating games and she really dug in today and I was very pleased with her.”
Balcatta pressed hard in the second half and came agonizingly close when they hit the cross bar from an in-swinging corner, but could not capitalise.
The result leaves Balcatta third and NTC fourth on the ladder, with NTC having three games in hand to play.