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Action from today's Northern Redbacks v Queens Park clash. Photo by Peter Simcox

Queens Park, Redbacks share spoils

Report by Peter Simcox

Queens Park remain undefeated in the Women’s Premier League but they had to settle for a point after a 0-0 draw against Northern Redbacks in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at Celebration Park.

The visitors had the better of the chances but they found Redbacks keeper Kathleen Walcott in fine form and she made two outstanding saves after half-time to earn her side a point.

Queens Park coach Ben Anderton said it was a tough game but they did have chances to win it.

“It was a real frustrating game today, we had our chances but we need to be a little better in the final third,” he said.

“But I thought they were compact and held their lines really well and tried to catch us on the counter, but it was a typical top-of-the-table game with no team taking a step backwards.”

Action from today’s Northern Redbacks v Queens Park clash. Photo by Peter Simcox

The rain clouds had lifted at kick-off and Queens Park started the better, with Sadie Lawrence heading wide early before Shannon May’s shot flashed over the top.

Redbacks hit back and went close themselves midway through the half, a ball over the top sent Renee Leota clear but keeper Danelle Cornish was out bravely to save at the striker’s feet.

Moments later Walcott was out bravely to save at the feet of Jamie-Lee Gale. The Redbacks keeper was injured in the incident but after treatment she was able to carry on.

It was Queens Park who continued to create the better chances after the break and when Bec Bennett crossed on 52 minutes, the attempted clearance from Redbacks defender Sarah Carroll crashed off her own crossbar and away to safety.

Action from today’s Northern Redbacks v Queens Park clash. Photo by Peter Simcox

Three minutes later Queens Park lost midfielder Jaymee Gibbons after she was carried off following a crude challenge from Lauren Riley, who was lucky to not see red from referee Ben Smith.

It was a real arm wrestle with Redbacks centre backs Emily Dunn and Kim Carroll outstanding at the back, likewise Stacey Learmont and Angelique Stannett for the visitors.

Queens Park thought they had scored on 75 minutes when Katrina Jukic wriggled her way into the box but her shot from close-range was superbly saved by Walcott.

The Redbacks stopper was at it again two minutes later. A ball into the box found Gale at the back post but her shot was tipped around the post by Walcott at full stretch.

Action from today’s Northern Redbacks v Queens Park clash. Photo by Peter Simcox

There was late drama when a ball into the box was fumbled by Queens Park keeper Cornish and Emily Henderson rolled the ball into an empty net. But the Redbacks celebrations were cut short when, after consulting with the assistant, the referee disallowed the goal for handball.

Redbacks coach Elisa D’Ovidio said it was a tight game and thought they deserved something from the game. “It was a good game, and a tough one considering the conditions,” she said.

“We got a little bit sloppy after half-time and lost our shape but I thought we did enough to get a point and Kathy (Walcott) pulled off a couple of good saves to make sure late.”

Northern Redbacks 0
Queens Park 0
Celebration Park
Sunday, June 10
Kick-off: 1pm
Referee: Ben Smith

Northern Redbacks: GK Kathleen WALCOTT, 2 Sarah CARROLL, 3 Carissa WALSH, 4 Jessica WHEATMAN, 5 Amy KNIGHTS, 6 Carla BENNETT, 7 Kim CARROLL, 8 Shawn BILLAM, 9 Chloe ALAGA, 10 Katie MOTH, 11 Emily HENDERSON, 14 Renee LEOTA, 15 Emily DUNN, 17 Lauren RILEY
Yellow cards:  Riley 55min, Leota 92

Red crads: Nil

Queens Park: GK Danelle CORNISH, 2 Angelique STANNETT, 3 Grace SMITH, 5 Shannon MAY, 6 Jamie-Lee GALE, 8 Sadie LAWRENCE, 9 Tia STONEHILL, 11 Grace BETTI, 12 Meghan HULSMAN, 13 Bec BENNETT, 16 Jenna ONIONS, 21 Bec DICARLO, 22 Jaymee GIBBONS, 23 Katrina JUKIC, 31 Stacey LEARMONT
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil