Christiane Astorp scored a double as Balcatta claimed a 2-0 win over Stirling Panthers in Round 10 of the Women’s Premier League at Grindleford Reserve on Sunday.
Astorp found the back of the net either side of half-time to help Balcatta to their third straight league win.
In a game which pitted fifth against sixth, it was Balcatta who controlled the early tempo as Astorp called Stirling goalkeeper Stacey Cavill into action with a fierce free-kick within the opening 10 minutes.
Astorp wouldn’t be denied for long, however, as the midfielder put her side on top with a cool finish just past the 20-minute mark.
The hosts continued to pepper Cavill’s goal for the remainder of the first-half as Caitlin Doeglas also went close with a thunderous strike.
Balcatta should have doubled their lead just seconds after the restart as Astorp ballooned a shot over from three yards out after some clever build-up play from forward Liana Cook.
Astorp would make amends seven minutes later as she tapped home Monique D’Opera’s cross from close range to give her side a 2-0 advantage.
Stirling have yet to taste victory in 2019 but refused to back down and almost pegged a goal back on the hour mark as Lauren Continibali’s strike cannoned off Gabby Dal Busco’s post.
With Stirling pushing for a way back into the contest, Balcatta went close to putting the result beyond doubt as Astorp shot wide in search of her hat-trick before Epril Nossent blazed over.
The missed opportunities wouldn’t prove costly, however, as Balcatta secured their third win in a row.
Star player: Christiane Astorp (Balcatta)
Balcatta 2 (Astorp 23min 53)
Stirling Panthers 0
Sunday, 23 June
Referee: John Westmerland
Assistant referees: Carmesa, Batey
Balcatta: 1. Gabby DAL BUSCO, 2. Monique D’OPERA, 3. Tahlia D’OPERA, 5. Kim MCCARTNEY, 7. Epril NOSSENT, 8. Christiane ASTORP, 9. Liana COOK, 10. Caitlin DOEGLAS (12. Angelique ALBERTS 86), 11. Baxter THEW (15. Alana VERONI 68), 13. Tessa DE LEO, 17. Nadia HARVEY
Substitutes not used: 4. Cassandra HARVEY, 6. Maisie MOORE, 14. Chantelle COLALILLO
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Stirling Panthers: 1. Stacey CAVILL, 3. Ashling DEVITT, 4. Lauren CONTINIBALI, 5. Emily SPASEVSKI (12. Emily HARRISON 68), 7. Nina BOORMAN, 8. Tatiana GONZALES, 9. Gabbi SARACENI ((2. Taylor REID 71), 10. Lauren BILALOSKI (6. Chelsea RUSSELL 61), 11. Caity VALLELONGA, 13. Natasha SMITH, 15. Safyr IRIKS (16. Courtney LOMBARDO 79)
Substitutes not used: 14. Tamia HALSTEAD
Yellow cards: Smith (7)
Red cards: Nil