A brace from marksman Ellie Lamonte was enough to seal a 2-0 victory for Queens Park over Hyundai Football West NTC in the Women’s Premier League on Sunday.
The reigning champions made the most of a sunbathed Celebration Park, dominating territory and creating a bounty of chances throughout.
Entering the match level with Northern Redbacks at the top of the ladder, Queens Park went close just seven minutes in when Lamonte had a long-range strike tipped over the crossbar by NTC keeper Miranda Templeman.
Sadie Lawrence headed inches wide from the ensuing corner, but Queens Park didn’t have to wait long to take the lead as Lamonte netted an outrageous strike on 25 minutes.
On the touchline, mere metres from the right-wing corner flag, Lamonte sent a speculative ball into the six-yard box which rose and swerved over Templeman and give the visitors the lead.
NTC, giving away size, age and experience to their opposition, battled gallantly but struggled to create anything positive going forward in the first half.
Lamonte should have had her second on 33 minutes when Lawrence put her through one-on-one with Templeman, however her strike thundered back off the crossbar.
Queens Park continued to penetrate the NTC defence after half-time and they hit the crossbar again through Katarina Jukic before Tia Stonehill fired just wide moments later.
Lamonte completed her double when great midfield link-up play enabled the pacy striker to get in behind the NTC defence and fire a bullet-like shot past Templeman.
Football West NTC had their best chance on after 67 minutes when Ejay Doust hit the crossbar with a looping shot after a corner had made its way to the back post.
A third goal proved elusive for Lamonte, despite having a golden opportunity when volleying high on 87 minutes following a pinpoint Emily Henderson cross.
Lamonte also spent time in a defensive right-wing roll, interchanging with Stonehill, in a bid to quell the ever-present danger of explosive NTC attacker Abbey Green.
Queens Park coach Ben Anderton was impressed with his side’s performance.
“I thought we controlled the game from the outset, unfortunately the scoreboard didn’t quite reflect how the game went in my opinion,” Anderton said.
“The most important thing is we are arriving in those areas at the right time.”
Gavin Sit, coach of Football West NTC, was proud of the determination his young side displayed.
“It was a very strong effort, today was all about effort,” Sit said.
“We’ve gone through a little slump in form recently, but today I was proud with the effort and level the girls showed.
“We’re in this league to be challenged and yes, there is a physical difference between us and a lot of the other sides, but this is a learning experience.”
Queens Park, who have now won seven of their 11 league games this season, host Balcatta next week.
Hyundai Football West NTC remain in fifth position on 13 points and face a tough challenge at Fremantle City next Sunday.
Star player: Ellie Lamonte (Queens Park)
Queens Park 2 (Lamonte 25min, 58)
Hyundai Football West NTC 0
Women’s Premier League
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Referee: M Tolmie
Queens Park: GK 13. Rebecca BENNETT, 5. Shannon MAY, 7. Emily HENDERSON, 8. Sadie LAWRENCE, 9. Tia STONEHILL, 10. Ellie LAMONTE, 12. Kathryn SCHUBERT, 16. Jenna ONIONS, 22. Jaymee GIBBONS, 23. Katarina JUKIC, 32. Thalia ONGAN
Substitutes: 17. Brianne ALEXANDER, 19. Molly BOLTON, 35. Poppie HOOKS
Hyundai NTC: GK 16. Miranda TEMPLEMAN, 6. Zoee SPADANO, 9. Abbey GREEN, 10. Leticia McKENNA 12. Judy CONNOLLY, 13. Cameron BARRIERO, 15. Sarah MITCHELL, 17. Ella HOY, 19. Jayna RIDLEY, Hana LOWRY, Rosie LEHANE
Substitutes: 3. Ejay DOUST, 7. Taneesha BAKER, 11, Emma McMURDO, 23. Tijan McKENNA, 70. Daisy McALLISTER