Ellie La Monte hit a superb hat-trick as Balcatta cruised to a 5-0 win over home side Bassendean Caledonian in round 19 of the Women’s State Premier League on Sunday.
Balcatta coach Andrew Di Carlo was pleased with his star forward, but said there is still work to be done.
“I wasn’t happy with the first half,” he said.
“We started really sluggish, I’m not sure if that was because we hadn’t played for two weeks.
“The second half was a lot better. Ellie had a good game. I think if she converted half of what she’s missed this year, she’d be winning the golden boot by a country mile. She’s had that many opportunities, but had a good return today with three goals.”
It was the home side with the early chances as Ashlee Byrne and Loren Baker missed opportunities within the first minute.
Baker’s shot went just wide, and just seconds later, Byrne headed just over the bar leaving the hosts wondering what could’ve been.
The visitors raised the tempo and were rewarded with a goal through Melanie Douglas, who managed to score from a tight angle to make it 1-0 in the 8th minute.
Balcatta continued to create chances and La Monte finally capitalised on one as she went past the goalkeeper to slot home into an empty net to double her side’s advantage eight minutes before half time.
Bassendean Caledonian had a chance to pull one back just before the break when Kelly Jarden provided a brilliant cross for Baker, who only managed to head straight at the goalkeeper.
La Monte got more involved in the game in the second half and scored again in the 63rd minute to put the visitors firmly ahead.
Six minutes later, Monique Godding got on the scoresheet as she followed up on a La Monte header that had hit the woodwork, to stab one past the goalkeeper to make it 4-0.
La Monte completed her hat-trick a short time later, this time following up on a header herself to make it 5-0.
Bassendean coach Sally Chetwin was disappointed with the result.
“I thought we fought hard,” she said.
“They’re obviously a better side than us, all over.
“I think we put them under a bit of pressure and at times should’ve scored but it’s been the story of our season, not being able to finish. They were more clinical and attacked us at pace.”
Bassendean Caledonian remain winless this season and are bottom of the table while Balcatta are battling for third spot with a clash this weekend against league leaders Queens Park.