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Queens Park complete unbeaten season

Report by Edward Nixon

Queens Park capped off a remarkable undefeated season, recording a 6-2 come-from-behind win over Beckenham Angels in Round 21 of the Women’s Premier League on Sunday.

Katrina Jukic (2), Sadie Lawrence, Tia Stonehill, Nicole Campbell and Jamie-Lee Gale grabbed the goals as Queens Park finished their season in style by breaking the 100-goal barrier.

Champions for the second straight year, Queens Park finished the season with an impressive 18 wins and three draws from their 21 games.

“It shows the hard work that the girls have put in over the course of the season,” Queens Park coach Ben Anderton said.

“The way they trained and performed week-in, week-out, it’s a credit to them and I’m so happy to see that result come through.”

Keen to finish their own season on a high, the visiting Angels jumped out of the blocks with captain Tiana Botha giving her side a surprise lead after just seven minutes.

Finding themselves in the unfamiliar position of being behind, Queens Park clicked into gear and almost found themselves level just two minutes later as Gale’s effort flashed wide.

Not to be denied, Queens Park soon got back on level terms when leading goalscorer Jukic slotted home with a clever finish on the turn.

Eight minutes later, the comeback was complete as Lawrence rose highest to nod in Gale’s inviting corner.

Lawrence then turned provided as she teed up Stonehill who made it 3-1 with a curling effort into the top corner.

The goal gave Stonehill confidence as she became more involved in the game and played a part in Queens Park’s fourth of the afternoon as she set up Jukic, who grabbed her second with a cool finish past Stacey Cavill.

It was more of the same after the break as Campbell inflicted further damage on the Angelswith a well-taken strike.

Beckenham didn’t let their heads drop, however, and skipper Botha scored her second to add some credibility to the scoreline.

The joy was shortlived as Gale slipped through the Angels’ defence to make it six less than a minute later.

With 10 minutes to play Jukic had the perfect opportunity to complete her hat-trick when Stonehill was brought down in the box, but the forward pushed her spot-kick wide.

The miss was irrelevant, however, as Queens Park finished their regular season in emphatic fashion.

Despite the loss, Beckenham captain Botha was pleased with her team’s efforts.

“I thought we performed really well,” Botha said.

“We created really good goal-scoring opportunities and finished two of them which is awesome.”

Queens Park 6 (Jukic 10min, 37, Lawrence 18, Stonehill 35, Campbell 54, Gale 60)
Beckenham Angels 2 (Botha 7, 60)
Coker Park
Sunday, September 16
Kick-off: 1pm
Referee: John Westmerland

Queens Park: 1. Danielle CORNISH, 2. Angelique STANNETT, 6. Jamie-Lee GALE, 8. Sadie LAWRENCE, 9. Tia STONEHILL, 10. Nicole CAMPBELL, 12. Kathryn SCHUBERT, 13. Bec BENNETT, 16. Jenna ONIONS, 22. Jaymee GIBBONS, 23. Katrina JUKIC
Substitues not used: 5. Shannon MAY, 19. Molly BOLTON, 20. Jamie DUNCANSON, 31. Stacey LEARMONT
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Beckenham Angels: 1. Stacey CAVILL, 3. Hannah TAYLOR (17. Rhianna BURGESS 58), 4. Jess LINDQUIST, 5. Emma YLIAS, 6. Laura ST RUTH, 7. Felicity LINDQUIST, 8. Kayla McCULLOCH, 9. Tiana BOTHA, 11. Loren BAKER, 27. Jade PAUL, 42. Annie LEYLAND
Substitutes not used: 2. Alexandra PINTO, 14. Hayley JAHN
Yellow cards: Botha 41, Leyland 66
Red cards: Nil