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Queens Park brush Fremantle aside

Report by Edward Nixon

Tia Stonehill scored twice as Queens Park ran out 5-1 winners over Fremantle City during their Women’s Premier League Round 13 clash at Coker Park on Sunday.

Queens Park’s other goals came from Jaime-Lee Gale, Sadie Lawrence and an Issy Bridger own goal as the league leaders claimed their 10th win of the season.

Despite the one-sided scoreline, Queens Park coach Ben Anderton praised Fremantle’s effort.

“Their work off the ball really stopped us from penetrating and we were a bit lazy, especially in that final third,” he said.

“Unfortunately we weren’t as clinical as we should have been, but still happy with how the team performed.”

Playing without captain Angelique Stannett and star striker Katrina Jukic, Queens Park were always going to be tested and got off to a sluggish start with Fremantle bossing the early possession.

City came into this fixture on a four-game unbeaten run and almost took a surprise lead when Chelsea Johnstone hit the bar within six minutes.

But against the run of play, Queens Park took the lead. Stonehill got in behind the Fremantle defence before rounding Kaylin Geelhoed to finish into an empty net.

The goal kicked the hosts into life as Nicole Campbell almost doubled her side’s advantage barely a minute later but was denied by Geelhoed one on one.

Both sides exchanged opportunities before Fremantle levelled things up with a slice of good fortune when Queens Park goalkeeper Danielle Cornish parried a cross straight into Mikayla Lyons’ leg, with the ball trickling across the line.

They were level for just four minutes, though, as an outstretched Bridger turned Gale’s inviting cross into her own net.

Stonehill then grabbed her second moments later as she took advantage of a poor clearance by Geelhoed to chip into an empty net and give Queens Park a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Now on a hat-trick, Stonehill mustered up the first attempt of the second half but her effort was comfortably saved.

Campbell then went close to giving Queens Park a three-goal cushion but her shot cannoned off the bar.

The home side got their fourth with just under 20 minutes to play, as Shannon May squared the ball for Gale to steer home.

With the result wrapped up, Queens Park started to play with more confidence and Lawrence capped off the win with a long-range effort that nestled in the top corner.

Queens Park are yet to be beaten this season, while the loss was Fremantle’s first since Round Eight.

City assistant coach Hasani Sinclair acknowledged Queens Park were the better side but was proud of how his team performed.

“You’ve got to give them respect – they’re on top for a reason,” he said.

“We didn’t give up regardless of the score.”

Queens Park 5 (Stonehill (22min, 41, Bridger og 40, Gale 71, Lawrence 87)
Fremantle City 1 (Lyons 27)
Coker Park
Sunday, July 22
Kick-off: 1pm

Queens Park: 1. Dannelle CORNISH, 4. Natasha RIGBY (12. Kathryn SCHUBERT 56), 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Jamie-Lee GALE (21. Bec DICARLO 86), 8. Sadie LAWRENCE, 9. Tia STONEHILL, 10. Nicole CAMPBELL (3. Grace SMITH 81), 13. Bec BENNETT, 16. Jenna ONIONS, 22. Jaymee GIBBONS, 31. Stacey LEARMONT
Substitutes not used: 30. Grace HENRY
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Fremantle City: 1. Kaylin GEELHOED, 4. Courtney OWEN, 9. Chelsea JOHNSTONE, 15. Issy BRIDGER, 17. Corrine DENTON, 24. Emma GAUTREY, 26. Laura WALTMAN, 27. Mikayla LYONS, 35. Steffi NADILO, 36. Evie MARCHETTI, 40. Aija BENT-TRINDER
Substitutes not used: 18. Sarah KENNY, 29. Alex FOSTER, 37. Nyana JAYME, 42. Peggy WOTHERSPOON
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil