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Queens Park celebrate after winning the Women's night Series. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

Queens Park win Women’s Night Series

Report by Alex Vlahos

Queens Park defied a second-half surge from Northern Redbacks to claim the 2019 Women’s Premier League Night Series Grand Final at Coker Park on Sunday.

In a match of high quality and bountiful in attacking flair, Lexie Moreno’s staggering 25-metre strike to open the scoring just moments after kick-off highlighted Queen’s Park’s 3-1 win.

After needing a penalty shoot-out to defeat Balcatta in last week’s semi-finals, the reigning league champions doubled their lead courtesy of Emily Henderson on 13 minutes.

Northern Redbacks, who had scored 23 goals in their four Night Series’ games to date, slowly worked their way into the match and almost halved the deficit on 42 minutes when Megan Miller rifled a long-range strike against the crossbar.

The Redbacks were dominant to start the second half and netted a deserved goal on 58 minutes when Sarah Carroll’s right-footed strike capped off exceptional lead-up work.

Queens Park players mob Lexie Moreno following her early strike. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

However, the sting was taken out of the Redbacks resurgence three minutes later when lacklustre defending from a corner allowed Ellie Lamonte a close-range tap-in to restore Queens Park’s two-goal advantage.

Queens Park continued to push, with Shannon May and Katrina Jukic consistently threatening, while Northern Redbacks’ players started to show signs of fatigue.

The win, in front of a crowd of over 400, avenged Queens Park semi-final exit in 2018, with May awarded the Tracey Wheeler Medal as player of the match.

Victorious coach Ben Anderton was impressed with his side’s unbeaten pre-season campaign.

“It’s a great feeling for the girls, we’ve been working in pre-season on a couple of little things so to be able to do it in the Night Series, progress through all the rounds and then win the final, it puts us in good stead for the season,” he said.

Queens Park’s Shannon May receives the Tracey Wheeler Medal. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

Northern Redbacks coach Conrad McKelvie was happy with his team’s performance despite the defeat.

“I thought the girls played pretty well, especially the second half, that was a massive effort,” McKelvie said.

“There were certain situations we need to be more alert for and they’ve cost us today, we just need to get up to a level we are happy with (for the regular season).”

Queens Park, who won 18 of 21 regular season matches last season, begin their 2019 campaign against Hyundai Football West NTC while Northern Redbacks visit 2018 Top Four Cup winners Balcatta.

Both matches are on April 7.

– Fremantle City defeated Balcatta 4-2 on penalties in the 3rd/4th place play-off which took place before the final. The result at 90 minutes was 1-1.

Tracey Wheeler Medal: Shannon May

Queens Park 3 (Moreno 1min, Henderson 13, Lamonte 61)
Northern Redbbacks 1 (Carroll 58)

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Coker Park
Kick-off: 7.00pm

Queens Park: 13. Rebecca BENNETT, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Jamie-Lee GALE, 7. Emily HENDERSON, 20. Jamie DUNCANSON, 22. Jaymee GIBBONS, 23. Katrina JUKIC, 24. Lexie MORENO, 31. Ellie LAMONTE, 32. Tahlia ORGAN. Substitutes: 1. Danielle CORNISH, 3. Grace SMITH, 9. Tia STONEHILL, 10. Nicole CAMPBELL, 30. Stacey LEARMONT
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Northern Redbacks 1. Megan CONLON, 3. Larissa WALSH, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Jessica WHEATMAN, 7. Grace MONTEIRO, 8. Shawn BILLAM, 9. Chloe ALAGA, 10. Katie MOTH, 12. Megan MILLER, 14. Renee LEOTA, 15. Tiana BOTHA. Substitutes: 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Emily ROACH, 13. Mel DOEGLAS, 16. Sophie NEAL, 17. Aliesha BENNETT
Yellow cards: Studman 32, Botha 68
Red cards: Nil