Report by Kane Sutton
Queens Park have emerged victorious in the Consolidated Energy Women’s Night Series final with a penalty shoot-out victory over the National Training Centre squad on Friday night.
Both teams went into the game undefeated and were forced into a shoot-out after the game finished 1-1 in regular time.
Queens Park proved to be the more composed team from the spot to emerge with a nail-biting 4-2 win.
Winning coach Ben Anderton reinforced how proud he was of his team’s efforts in the lead up to the game after losing a match in similar fashion last year.
“We did practice during the week a little bit of penalties because we knew there was a possibility it could come up against a good team, but it was good after a heartbreak last year with a penalty shootout to step up and be composed,” he said.
The game proved to be one well worthy of a final, with both teams fighting out the first half with full intensity.
Queens Park’s Tia Stonehill looked dangerous with her speed on the right wing, while NTC’s Liana Cook was a spearhead in her team’s attacking ranks.
Stonehill assisted in a number of created chances in the first half, while Cook managed to hit the crossbar with one attempt and looked threatening on several occasions after that.
Both teams went into the half-time break at nil-all, but Stonehill charged through the NTC defence to put Queens Park ahead by a goal only 20 seconds into the second half.
Substitutions were made by each playing group midway through the term, and the extra run allowed Cook to collect a parried ball from the opposing goalkeeper for an easy conversion with 15 minutes left in the game.
With scores locked at one goal each at full-time, the teams went to penalties.
NTC began proceedings, with both teams converting their first shots. Queens Park goalkeeper Maya Diederichsen stuck to the middle of the goal for the second shot by her opposing team, which she saved.
NTC’s third shot sailed over the crossbar, and Queens Park were able to convert their fourth attempt to seal the win.
NTC coach Jessine Bonzas said she was extremely proud of her team and that despite the loss, the effort puts them in good stead for the upcoming season.
“They’re all a little bit gutted and they’re all going to feel it, but I’m extremely proud of them for playing this well,” she said.
“They stuck with each other tonight, it was a great team atmosphere.
“ We’re looking forward to the NTC challenge in July, the program just gets stronger, and it’s just a great opportunity for these girls.”
FW NTC Women 1 (Cook 75min)
Queens Park SC 1 (Stonehill 46min)
Friday, April 8 2017
Referee: Mike Tolmie
Assistant Referees: Godfrey Maniam, Matthew Pomeroy
Fourth Official: Wayne Henley
FW NTC Women – 1. Morgan AQUINO, (2. Alyssa VAN HEURCK 69’), 3. Cheyenne WISE-JARVIS, 4. Sofie OSBORNE, 5. Rosie LEHANE, 6. Georgia IRELAND, 7. Liana COOK, 8. Abbey MEAKINS, 9. Biana WEBB, 10. Lexie MORENO, (11. Izzy FOLETTA 28’), 12. Leticia MCKENNA, 13. Tessa DE LEO, 14. Gergia CAWLEY, 15. Ashling DEVITT, 17. Jenna ONIONS
Yellow cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil