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Queens Park defender Natasha Rigby celebrates opening the scoring with Tia Stonehill.

Queens Park move clear at the top of the table

Report by Peter Simcox

Queens Park moved five points clear at the top of the Bank West Womens State Premier League after a comfortable 5-1 win against bottom of the table Bassendean Caledonians at Coker Park.

Natasha Rigby opened the scoring early, before Tia Stonehill doubled the lead on the quarter hour, and Sadie Lawrence added the third before the break.

Rebecca Bennett added the fourth, with Katarina Jukic making it five, while the consolation goal for Bassendean came from Epril Nossent.

Queens Park coach Ben Anderton was delighted with the way his side put their chances away this week.

“Really happy with the girls today, it’s never easy to play against a side that are defensively compact, but we kept the ball well and opened them up throughout the game,” he said.

“We had good outlets down the flanks with Jamie Lee and Natasha, and their pace caused Bassendean problems.

“It was important game for us today, we failed to put the ball away last week against Balcatta, and so to score five goals has helped our goal difference in a tight league.”

Defender Rigby was delighted after the final whistle, following her outstanding performance.

“It was an awesome win for us, we passed the ball around well and scored some good goals, so we’re really happy with that today,” she said.

“We had five different scorers today, which is pleasing, and I’m super happy to score a goal today, which is something I don’t do very often.”

The home side made the perfect start and were ahead on four minutes, Rigby firing home via the crossbar, after Sam Geddes had saved Jukic’s initial shot.

It was 2-0 on 15 minutes, a great ball from the impressive Jukic sent Stonehill down the left, and she cut inside here marker and finished with aplomb.

Geddes was working overtime in the Bassendean goal, saving well to deny Stonehill and moments later tipping Bennett’s shot over the top.

But there was little she could do when Queens Park added a third on 23 minutes. Stonehill sent Lawrence clear and she finished clinically into the top corner of the net.

Queens Park keeper Maya Diederichsen was then called into action on the half hour, pushing Niamh McGlynn’s header superbly onto the bar, but at half time the home side lead 3-0.

After the break it soon became 4-0. A quick throw from Diederichsen sent Bennett racing clear, she cut inside her marker and fired home from the edge of the box.

To Bassendean’s credit they never gave up and Nossent fired inches wide, before Diederichsen saved well to thwart Ashlee Byrne on the hour.

But six minutes later the home side added a fifth. A great ball over the top by Rigby sent Jukic clear and she finished well.

Bassendean scored a consolation goal two minutes later, McGlynn sending Nossent clear and she finished well, but it was too little too late.

Queens Park 5 (Rigby 4min, Stonehill 15, Lawrence 23, Bennett 49, Jukic 66)

Bassendean Caledonians 1 (Nossent 68min)

Sunday 30 July, 2017

Kick-off: 3.00pm

Referee: John Westmerland

Queen’s Park: 1. Maya DIEDERICHSEN, 3 Bec DI CARLO, 4 Natasha RIGBY, 5 Courtney OWEN, 6 Jamie Lee GALE, 7­ Brittany WOODFIN, 8 Sadie LAWRENCE, 9 Tia STONEHILL, 10 Nicole CAMPBELL, 11 Rebecca BENNETT, 14 Shannon MAY, 20 Jaime DUNCANSSON, 21 Katie SCHUBERT, 22 Jamie GIBBONS, 23 Katarina JUKIC

Bassendean Caledonians: GK Sam GEDDES, 2 Peta HAYWARD, 3 Ashlee BYRNE, 7 Chloe BARNES, 12 Jorja WILSON, 14 Kelly JARDEN, 15 Niamh MCGLYNN,16 Epril NOSSENT, 17 Heather BISHOP, 18 Tahti SALLA, 22 Casey SOFFE, 24 Jannay KOHLER,25 Loren BAKER, 46 Lindsey ROE, 99 Chelsea CORNTHWAITE