Epril Nossent scored a stunning long-range goal to secure Balcatta a 3-2 Women’s Premier League Round Nine win over Hyundai NTC Women at Celebration Park on Sunday.
Playing out on the right flank, Nossent beat NTC goalkeeper Miranda Templeman from what appeared to be an impossible angle to help Balcatta claim their second win in as many games
Christine Astorp had already scored twice for Balcatta, while Hana Lowry and Jayna Ridley got their names on the scoresheet for NTC in a tight affair.
Just three weeks after a thrilling 3-3 draw at the same venue, the two sides were at it again as Astorp opened the score on 25 minutes after nodding home Caitlin Doeglas’ corner.
Liana Cook then teed up Astrop, who banged home to double the visitors’ advantage.
Not ones to go down without a fight, NTC cut the deficit in half just past the half-hour mark as Lowry stabbed her shot past Balcatta’s Gaby Dal Busco.
Sitting outside the top four and in desperate need of a win, Nossent stepped up in a big way for Balcatta as her long-range effort flew into the back of the net to give her side a 3-1 lead heading into the break.
NTC should have been reduced the lead three minutes after the restart but Ridley skewed her one-on-one effort wide of Dal Busco’s goal.
The hosts’ forward wasn’t going to be denied, however, and she made it 3-2.
With the home crowd cheering them on, NTC went out in search of an equaliser, but Dal Busco and Balcatta held firm to pick up an important three points.
Star player: Liana Cook (Balcatta)
Hyundai NTC Women 2 (Lowry 32min, Ridley 62)
Balcatta 3 (Astorp 25 27, Nossent 41)
Sunday, June 16
Referee: M. Tolmir
NTC Women: 2. Rosie LEHANE, 3. Elizabeth DOUST, 6. Zoe SPADANO, 8. Hana LOWRY, 9. Abbey GREEN, 10. Leticia McKENNA (14. Grace MITCHELL 57), 12. Judy CONNOLLY (17. Ella HOY 64) , 13. Cameron BARREIRO (7. Taneesha BAKER 57), 15. Sarah MITCHELL, 16. Miranda TEMPLEMAN (GK), 19. Jayna RIDLEY (11. Emma McMURDO 64)
Substitutes not used: 70. Daisy McALLISTER
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Balcatta: 1. Gabby DAL BUSCO, 2. Monique D’OPERA, 3. Tahlia D’OPERA, 5. Kim McCARTNEY, 6. Monique GODDING, 7. Epril NOSSENT, 8. Christiane ASTORP, 9. Liana COOK, 10. Caitlin DOEGLAS, 13. Tessa DE LEO, 17. Nadia HARVEY (11. Baxter THEW 63)
Substitutes not used: 4. Angelique ALBERTS, 12. Masie MOORE, 16. Alana VERONI
Yellow cards: (Panaia 70)
Red cards: Nil