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NTC, Balcatta share the points

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Liana Cook scored a 90th minute wondergoal as Balcatta rescued a dramatic 3-3 draw against the Hyundai Football West NTC in their Women’s Premier League Round Four game at Celebration Park on Sunday.

Having taken a commanding 2-0 lead earlier in the game, Balcatta werepegged back as NTC flipped the game on its head with three quick goals, before Cook’s long-range strike salvaged a point for the visitors.

Winless in their first three games, Balcatta took just six minutes to hit the front as striker Caitlin Doeglas got on the end of Cook’s perfectly-weighted pass to slot past Hyundai NTC goalkeeper Miranda Templeman.

NTC almost hit back immediately as Leticia McKenna and Emma McMurdo kept Balcatta keeper Gaby Dal Busco on her toes.

It was Balcatta who doubled their advantage, however, as Cook fired home 11 minutes after half-time to put her side on the brink of a much-needed win.

Not ones to go down without a fight, Gavin Sit’s NTC responded in perfect fashion as Abbey Green scored a quick-fire double before Ella Hoy completed the comeback when she prodded home to give her side a 3-2 lead with seven minutes remaining.

With NTC now in the ascendency, Balcatta needed a spark if they wanted to get anything out of the game and got just that as Cook’s long-range effort nestled into the top corner with the final kick of the game as the midfielder salvaged a point against her former side.

Star player: Liana Cook (Balcatta)

NTC Women 3 (Green 67min, 71’, Hoy 83’)
Balcatta 1 (Doeglas 6’, Cook 56’, 90’)

Celebration Park
Sunday, 5 April 2019
Local Kick-off: 10.30am
Referee: Godfrey Maniam

Hyundai NTC Women: 2. Rosie LEHANE, 3. Elizabeth DOUST, 9. Abbey GREEN, 10. Leticia McKENNA, 11. Emma McMURDO (8. Hana LOWRY 64’, (70. Daisy MCDUSTER 86’)), 12. Judy CONNOLLY, 13. Cameron BARREIRO (4. RUBY WALSH 82’), 14. Grace MITCHELL, 16. Miranda TEMPLEMAN (GK), 17. Ella HOY, 19. Jayna RIDLEY (7. Taneesha BAKER 64’)
Substitutes not used: 6. Zoe SPANDANO
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Balcatta: 1. Gabby DAL BUSCO, 3. Tahlia D’OPERA, 5. Kim McCARTNEY, 6. Monique GODDING, 7. Epril NOSSENT, 8. Christiane ASTORP (2. Monique D’OPERA 77’), 9. Liana COOK, 10. Tessa DE LEO, 12. Melissa SHEPHARD, 13. Caitlin DOEGLAS (4. Angelique ALBERTS 82’), 14. Ashleigh PANAIA
Substitutes not used: 11. Baxter THEW, 15. Charlie NISLOP, 16. Alana VERONI
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil