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Balcatta too good for Panthers

Report by Samuel Hays

A dominant Balcatta made light work of Women’s Premier League bottom club Stirling Panthers with a 4-0 victory at Yuluma Park on Sunday.

Ashleign Panaia was a constant threat down the left for Balcatta and was rewarded with a first-half double, while Tessa De Leo and Baxter Tnew also got on the scoresheet.

It was a battle between the two bottom clubs but it didn’t show as it was all Balcatta early on with Kayleigh Davis sending a squared ball from Panaia over the bar.


The first goal would come in the eighth minute as Panaia netted with a tidy finish after the ball was played across the box.

And it didn’t take long for the second to come when in the 21st minute a Caitlin Doeglas cross was blasted home by De Leo.

It was looking as if it could get ugly for Stirling as Balcatta added a third after 36 minutes through another good finish from Panaia.

But to their credit they didn’t drop their heads and continued to fight after the break with little reward offered from a stoic Balcatta defence.

Balcatta continued to pepper the goal as Monique D’Opera sent a shot over the bar and Tnew fired just wide and it looked as though they would have to settle for three.

However, in the 88th minute Tnew put in a cross to the back post which evaded everyone including Stirling keeper Stacey Cavill and found its way into the back of the net.

Star player: Ashleign Panaia (Balcatta)

Stirling Panthers 0
Balcatta 4 (Panaia 8min, 36, De Leo 21, Tnew 88)

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Yuluma Park
Kick-off: 12pm
Referee: John Westmorcand
Assistant referees: J Patu and S Vos

Stirling Panthers: GK. Stacey Cavill, 13. Laura Struth, 10. Lauren Bilaloski, 4. Lauren Continieau (2. Taylor Reid 81), 7. Nina Boorman, 9. Gabbi Saraceni, 5. Emily Saasevski, 8. Tatiana Gonzales, 3. Megan Bilaloski (15. Safyr Iriks 69), 6. Chelsea Russell (12. Emily Harrison 69), 11. Caity Vallelionga
Substitutes not used: 13. Libby Tatterjall, 14. Martina Russell
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Balcatta: GK. Gabrielle Dal Buslo, 2. Monique D’Opera (11. Baxter Tnew 77), 3. Tanlia D’Opera, 5. Kimberley McCartney, 6. Monique Godding, 7. Epril Nossent, 9. Liana Cook, 10. Tessa De Leo, 12. Kayleigh Davis, 13. Caitlin Doeglas (16. Naoin Harvey 80), 14. Ashleign Panaia (15. Charlotte Hislop 83)
Substitutes not used: 4. Angelique Alberts, 8. Alanah Veroni
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil