Northern Redbacks claimed a vital 3-2 victory over Queens Park in round 11 of the Bankwest Women’s State Premier League on Sunday at Celebration Park.
The match was a top of the table clash with second placed Redbacks play league leaders Queens Park in what was a tense and closely fought affair.
Northern Redbacks had six players ruled out before the match, but coach Tim Hodgson was happy the way they overcame the challenge.
“It just goes to show the strength of depth at our club. Queens Park have been the bench mark this year and we’re not too far off. It was fantastic.” he said.
Queens Park took the lead early in the match in the 10th minute through Nikki Campbell’s header from an inviting cross from the right wing. The Redbacks hit back almost straight away from a corner in the 14th minute to make it 1-1.Northern Redbacks’ Elanor Blackmore got in front of her opponents to head the ball into the bottom right of the net.
The Redbacks added another just before half-time in the 44th minute after some scrappy defending and miscommunication at the back for Queens Park left them exposed after a poor clearance.
Redbacks’ Grace Smith found a pocket of space to head the ball over the keeper to give her side a 2-1 lead at the break.
In the second half, Redbacks midfielder Carla Bennett made it 3-1 in the 71st minute from a stunning free kick from just outside the left corner of the box.
The strike flew over the wall and into the top right corner and past Queens Park goalkeeper Maya Dicderichien’s outstretched glove.
Queens Park coach Ben Anderton said his side were unlucky to concede from two different set pieces.
“Falling behind to a couple of set pieces and some miscommunication at the back hurts a little, but that’s something we’ll build on.”
Queens Park pushed more bodies forward late in the second half and managed to clinch a goal back as striker Stacey Lcanmont ran through one on one with the keeper and put her shot past her into the net.
Despite more attacking pressure from Queens Park the Redbacks held on for a 3-2 victory.
Hodgson said he was pleased with his team’s efforts and what it means for the season.
“I’m extremely happy with our performance. The way the girls stuck to our game plan and stayed disciplined was fantastic.
“Hopefully this game has put us back in the race. Queens Park are the ones to catch but this was an important win.”
The win for Northern Redbacks has put them level on points with Queens Park, who are only ahead on goal different and a game in hand.
Northern Redbacks 3 (Blackmore 14min, Richards 44, Bennett 71)
Queens Park 2 (Campbell 10min, Lcanmont 83)
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Northern Redbacks: 1. Lauren BLIZZARD 2. Aster MOLO 3. Larissa WALSH 5. Elanor BLACKMORE 6. Carla BENNETT 7. Chloe ALAGA 8. Demi VANCE 9. Megan MILLER 10. Ali BENNETT 12. Chloe MITCHELL 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO 14. Renee LEOTA 15. Piper BOOBYER 16. Haylee RICHARDS 17. Lauren RILEY
Yellow cards: BLACKMORE 67, VANCE 78, D’OVIDIO 87
Red cards: nil
Queens Park: 1. Maya DICDERICHIEN 3. Rebecca DIACARLO 6. Jamie-Lee GALE 7. Brittany WOODAN 8. Sadie LAWRENCE 9. Tia STUNGHILL 10. Nikki CAMPBELL 11. Rebecca BENNETT 16. Grace SMITH 17. Monique GORDON 20. Katie SCHUBERT 21. Jaimee DUNCANSSON 22. Jaymee GIBBONS 24. Stacey LCANMONT
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil