Queens Park produced a clinical display, scoring at will in a 7-1 win over Football West NTC Women to book their spot in the Women’s State Cup third round.
Goals to Katrina Jukic (2), Saddie Lawrence, Bec Bennet, Nikki Campbell, Tia Stonehill and Jamie-Lee Gale sealed the win for Queens Park and left coach Ben Anderton content.
“Definitely happy, especially the first-half how the girls came out with real intent from the front, we pressed really high which caused turnovers and more clinical in the final third,” he said.
Queens Park are unbeaten in the Women’s Premier League after 10 rounds and showed their class with a polished first-half display.
It took just 11 minutes for the hosts to hit the front, Lawrence nodding in Gale’s inviting corner.
Lawrence almost grabbed her second just a minute later but was denied by a smart save from NTC goalkeeper Alix Davies.
Stonehill, Jukic and Bennett then went close as it seemed only a matter of time before Queens Park doubled their advantage.
The Premier League leaders’ pressure paid off just past the half-hour mark as a Jukic thunderbolt rifled into the net.
It would be the first of three Queens Park goals in the last 10 minutes of the first-half. Full-back Bennet then shrugged off her defender before slotting into the bottom corner, before Campbell’s long-range effort nestled into the back of the net to give her side a commanding 4-0 lead at the break.
It would be a lead they almost extended straight after the restart, but Jukic’s curling effort cannoned against the post.
Not to be denied, Jukic bagged her second shortly after to make it five.
With Queens Park sensing an opportunity to pile on the goals, winger Stonehill attacked and hit the post, then had a goal disallowed for offside.
Stonehill got her just rewards, however, as she dribbled her way past a couple of NTC defenders before producing a smart finish.
NTC never dropped their heads and pegged one back when Abbey Meakins got a slight touch on Zoee Spandano’s free-kick.
Just five minutes later, normal service was resumed as Gale’s solo effort capped the win for Queens Park with their seventh of the afternoon.
Despite the result, NTC hung in till the very end, leaving stand-in coach Liana Cook optimistic.
“You always want a result, obviously, so now we’re out of the cup. We have them next week in the league so hopefully we can do better than this result,” she said.
The teams now turn their focus to league action, when they go head-to-head next weekend.
Queens Park 7 (Lawrence 11, Jukic 36, 52, Bennet 41, Campbell 45, Stonehill 70, Gale 80)
NTC Women 1 (Meakins 75)
Sunday, June 24
Referee: John Westmerland
Queens Park: 1. Dannelle CORNISH, 2. Angelique STANNETT, 6. Jamie-Lee GALE, 8. Sadie LAWRENCE, 9. Tia STONEHILL, 10. Nikki CAMPBELL (3. Grace SMITH 78), 13. Bec BENNETT, 16. Jenna ONIONS (29. Dominique FEDEL 64), 22. Jaymee GIBBONS (Bec DICARLO 70), 23. Katrina JUKIC (11. Grace BETTU 78), 31. Stacey LEARMONT
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
NTC Women: 1. Alix DAVIES, 3. Cheyenne WISE-JARVIS, 4. Ashleigh SANTICH (7. Taneesha BAKER 68), 5. Rosie LEHANE, 6. Georgie IRELAND ( (2. Ashline DEVITT 28, 10. Hana LOWRY 76), 8. Abbey MEAKINS, 9. Annabelle LEEK (22. Jayna RIDLEY 66), 12. Leticia MCKENNA, 14. Thalia ORGAN, 15. Zoee SPADANO, 16. Isabella WALLHEAD
Substitutes not used: 31. Miranda TEMPLEMAN
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil