Queens Park ensured their 2019 campaign finished on a high as they defeated Northern Redbacks 2-1 to claim the Women’s Top Four Cup.
A double from Jamie-Lee Gale, which sandwiched Larissa Walsh’s equaliser, ensured Queens Park added the final piece of silverware for the year to the pre-season Night Series.
Queens Park were eager to take down the Redbacks after they displaced them as Women’s Premier champions and State Cup winners.
However, it was Redbacks who almost struck first when a shot from Tiana Botha came off the post before being cleared off the line.
As the first half went on Redbacks were the stronger side as Queens Park struggled to maintain possession going forward, allowing Botha another shot at goal which was well saved by Rebecca Bennett.
Queens Park coach Ben Anderton is chaired off the pitch by Rebecca Bennett and Tia Stonehill. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo
But with the first half seemingly destined to finish scoreless, Queens Park took the lead in first-half stoppage time. Northern Redbacks’ defence went missing and Gale had enough time and space to fire across Morgan Aquino left-footed and into the bottom corner.
Redbacks again built pressure after the break and an equaliser looked inevitable as Renee Leota and Walsh both wasted good chances.
Then on 55 minutes Walsh made amends. This time it was the Queens Park defence who were found wanting and the ball reached Walsh and she produced a smart finish into the top left corner, leaving Bennett with no chance.
Queens Park immediately threw on Tia Stonehill and she should have restored their lead 15 minutes later when Gale was fouled in the box. Stonehill took the penalty kick but could only hit the post.
Gale continued to create chances and she broke through the Redbacks defensive line before laying the ball off to Katarina Jukic, whose shot was high.
But on 79 minutes Queens Park went 2-1 up. Gale was played onside by Katy Moth and ran through the middle, rounded keeper Aquino and buried her shot into an empty net from a tight angle.
With time running out Redbacks committed players forward in search of an equaliser. And they almost saved themselves at the death when Kim Carroll’s looping shot hit the crossbar seconds after Queens Park had cleared an effort off the line.
But that was the final chance of the match and it was Gale’s two goals that proved enough to see Queens Park walk away victorious.
Star player: Jamie-Lee Gale (Queens Park)
Queens Park 2 (Gale 45min 78)
Northern Redbacks 1 (Walsh 56)
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Referee: John Westmerland
Assistant referees: Jess Byrd, Caleigh Ormerod
Fourth official: A Gill
Queens Park: 13. Rebecca Bennett, 12. Kathryn Schubert, 4. Natasha Rigby, 6. Jamie-Lee Gale (35. Poppie Hooks 88), 22. Jaymee Gibbons (29. Courtney Butlion 80), 5. Shannon May, 8. Sadie Lawrence (C), 16. Jenna Onions, 7. Emily Henderson (32. Thalia Organ 61), 23. Katarina Jukic, 20. Jaime Duncanson (9. Tia Stonehill 56)
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Northern Redbacks: 1. Morgan Aquino, 8. Shawn Billam, 6. Carla Bennett, 4. Bronwyn Studman, 7. Kim Carroll, 11. Emily Dunn, 9. Katie Moth (16. Sophia Neal 79), 3. Larissa Walsh, 13. Melanie Doeglas (17. Ali Bennett 51), 15. Tiana Botha, 14. Renee Leota
Substitutes not used: 12. Grace Monteiro, 5. Janelle St Pierre, 10. Aster Mulu
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil