Photo by Alex Vlahos
A masterful midfield display from Emma Ylias led Beckenham Angels to a 4-1 victory over UWA-Nedlands in their Women’s Premier League encounter at UWA Sports Park on Sunday.
Ylias was sublime in an action-packed encounter which featured three stunning goals, a missed penalty and a classy double from Beckenham striker Tayna Campos.
A winless UWA-Nedlands showed strong early intent and went ahead after just eight minutes courtesy of an astonishing 35-yard shot from towering striker Siobhan Connolly.
“I told her to chip it and she just smashed it,” UWA-Nedlands coach Tony Carvajal said.
“To get it into the top corner from that far out, it was just an absolutely magnificent goal.”
The goal sparked Beckenham into action and Jessica Lindquist won her team a penalty on 15 minutes. However Campos sent the spot-kick directly at goalkeeper Alanna Gallatly.
The Angels did capitalise on their growing dominance of possession and drew level on the half-hour when Ylias delivered a delightful cross for Lindquist to head home.
Beckenham then took the lead just prior to half-time, after silky link-up play between Lindsey Kenyon and Tiana Botha on the right wing led to a neat Campos finish from close range.
Carvajal introduced four players at half-time as UWA-Nedlands chased an equaliser, but instead Beckenham doubled their lead a mere two minutes after the restart.
On the back of more intelligent midfield play, Loren Baker found herself in space and scored with a superb strike from beyond the 18-yard box.
UWA-Nedlands continued to press and could well have found the net in the final 30 minutes.
Connelly and Jessica Pillera consistently caused problems for the Angels defence, forcing Beckenham goalkeeper Stacey Cavill to produce several exceptional saves to keep her side’s lead intact.
The game was put to bed in stoppage time when Campos sent a thunderous long-range strike past Gallatly, after being on the end of more quality lead-up play from Ylias.
Opposing coach Carvajal was in awe of Ylias’ playmaking.
“ I coached her for a long time and she’s just on another level,” Carvajal said.
“She’s an outstanding player, absolute quality, and she hurt us today.”
In his final year as UWA-Nedlands coach, Carvajal stated how proud he was of his side’s performance.
“They are a special group of girls, they never get their heads down and the team spirit is just amazing,” Carvajal said.
“Unfortunately we just switched off for a few moments today and it cost us, but I think we have kept improving throughout the season.
“I love the group and I’m going to miss them dearly next year.”
Beckenham coach Greg Farrell was impressed with the amount of chances his side created.
“We did really well to create a lot of chances in the first-half, but our finishing was a bit sloppy,” he said.
“In the second half we were able to finish those chances and that was what we needed to do.”
UWA-Nedlands take on Stirling Panthers next weekend in a battle of the bottom two sides, while sixth placed Beckenham meet third-placed Northern Redbacks.
UWA-NEDLANDS 1 (Connolly 8min)
BECKENHAM ANGELS 4 (Lindquist 30, Campos 40, 90, Baker 47)
UWA Sports Park
Sunday, September 2
UWA-NEDLANDS: 1. Alanna GALLATRY, 2. Leanne CAINE, 8. Clara LIPSCOMBE 9. Siobhan CONNOLLY 11. Monique SAUNDERS (5. Jessica PILLERA 45) 12. Erin ARMSTRONG (4. Lucy BANKS 68) 13. Zoe TESTROW (3. Jaime BLAKE 45’) 15. Alexandra LYONS (16. Ruth RITCHIE 45) 18. Cassandra GREENWELL 19. Safyr IRIKS 20. Sina GREULE (6. Jordanna MUSURUCA 45)
Substitutes not used: Nil
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
BECKENHAM ANGELS: 1. Stacey Cavill 2. Alexandra PINTO 3. Hannah TAYLOR (14. Laura ST RUTH 69) 5. Jessica LINDQUIST 6. Lindsey KENYON 9.Tianna BOTHA 11. Loren BAKER (8. Rhianna BURGESS 66) 17. Emma YLIAS 21. Jade PAUL 42. Annie LEYLAND (12. Maddison GALLAGHER 69) 77. Tayna CAMPOS
Substitutes not used: 4. Keely LINDQUIST
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil