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Queens Park, Freo finish with draw

Report by Edward Nixon

UPDATE: Ash Santich cancelled out Jamie Duncanson’s opener as Queens Park and Fremantle City finished the league season with a 1-1 draw.

The teams will now meet again in the Top Four Cup semi-final this Thursday night, while champions Northern Redbacks will take on Balcatta on Sunday.

In the last game of the regular season, it was hosts Fremantle who started the stronger of the two sides – Mikayla Lyons setting up Emma Carbon for the contest’s first shot on target after 18 minutes.

Carbon was again involved just moments later as her shot from distance forced Queens Park goalkeeper Bec Bennett into a stunning acrobatic save to keep the scores tied.

From the corner, Santich again stung the palms of Bennett with a shot from outside the box.

Having soaked up some early pressure, Queens Park took the lead on the stroke of half-time as Ellie Lamonte weaved her way past multiple Fremantle defenders before setting up Duncanson who lobbed her shot over goalkeeper Kaylin Geelhoed.

Fremantle thought they had brought themselves level five minutes after the restart but Carbon’s goal was ruled out for offside.

Pushing bodies forward in hopes of a second goal, Queens Park forwards Emily Henderson and Tia Stonehill went close.

The missed opportunities would prove costly as Santich equalised for Fremantle when burying her free-kick into the bottom corner.

Substitutes Thalia Organ and Jamie-Lee Gale went close to grabbing late winners for Queens Park but both pushed their efforts wide.

Star player: Natasha Rigby (Queens Park)

Fremantle City 1 (Santich 64min)
Queens Park 1 (Duncanson 43)

Wauhop Park
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Kick-off: 1.00pm
Referee: Brad Forbes
Assistant referees: Aleisha West, Danaiya Wa Azaro

Fremantle City: GK 72. Kaylin GEELHOED, 2. Emma CARBON (17. Corrine DENTON 65), 5. Issy BRIDGER, 7. Laura WALTMAN, 8. Mikayla LYONS, 9. Evie MARCHETTI, 10. Steffi NADILO, 18. Ash SANTICH, 19. Annabelle LEEK (12. Megan GREEN 77), 20. Jayme-Lee SMITH (77. Aaliyah JORQUERA 61), 31. Gemma CRAINE
Substitutes not used: 13. Jakkah SMITH-TAYLOR, 26. Jade PAUL
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Queens Park: GK 13. Rebecca BENNETT, 4. Natasha RIGBY, 5. Shannon MAY, 7. Emily HENDERSON, 8. Sadie LAWRENCE, 10. Ellie LAMONTE (9. Tia STONEHILL 57), 12. Katheryn SCHUBERT, 16. Jenna ONIONS, 20. Jamie DUNCANSON (6. Jamie-Lee GALE 66), 22. Jaymee GIBBONS (32. Thalia ORGAN 76), 23. Katrina JUKIC
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil