Report by Edward Nixon
The Hyundai NTC Women rallied late, scoring four goals in the final 25 minutes to record a 4-1 win over Fremantle City for their first victory of the 2019 Women’s Premier League season at Celebration Park on Sunday.
Super-sub Jayna Ridley bagged a double, while Taneesha Baker and Abbey Green also scored as NTC bounced back from last weekend’s Round 1 loss to Queens Park.
In wet conditions, both sides cancelled each other out during a goalless opening term – Fremantle’s Issy Bridger going the closest when her long-range effort cannoned off the post just before the break.
After the change of ends, it was all action with Bridger again involved as her header went wide of Miranda Templeman’s goal from Courtney Owen’s corner.
It took until the 69th minute for the Hyundai NTC to break the deadlock as Baker’s intended cross caught City goalkeeper Jamie Campbell off her line to nestle into the top corner.
A quick-fire double from substitute Ridley turned the contest on its head as the Hyundai NTC took a commanding 3-0 lead.
Fremantle did manage to pull one back eight minutes from time after the ball bundled over the line following a goal-line scramble, but the Hyundai NTC got the final laugh as Green’s goal just before full-time put an exclamation point on her side’s win.
Star Player: Jayna Ridley (Hyundai NTC Women)
Hyundai NTC Women 4 (Baker 69’, Ridley 74’, 79’, Green 89’)
Fremantle City 1 (Lyons 82’)
Sunday, 14 April 2019
Local Kick-off: 10.30am
Referee: Jess Byrd
Hyundai NTC Women: 2. Rosie LEHANE, 4. Isabella WALLHEAD, 6. Zoe SPANDANO (15. Sarah MITCHELL 78’), 7. Taneesha BAKER, 9. Abbey GREEN, 10. Leticia MCKENNA (8. Hana LOWRY 29’), 11. Emma MCMURDO, 12. Judy CONNOLLY (19. Jayna RIDLEY 66’), 13. Cameron BARREIRO (3. Elizabeth DOUST 60’), 14. Grace MITCHELL, 16. Miranda TEMPLEMAN (GK)
Substitutes not used: 70. Daisy MCDUSTER
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Fremantle City: 1. Jamie CAMPBELL (GK), 4. Courtney OWEN, 5. Issy BRIDGER, 7. Laura WALTMAN, 8. Mikayla LYONS, 9. Evie MARCHETTI (6. George IRELAND 66’), 10. Steffi NADILO, 18. Ash SANTICH, 19. Annabelle LEEK, 26. Jade PAUL (23. Coral BUXEY 59’), 28. Gemma CRAINE (72. Kaylin GEELHOED 81’)
Substitutes not used, 21. Eva CAMPO, 27. Jo RANDAZZA
Yellow cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil