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Redbacks beat Panthers in 13-0 mismatch
Report by Edward Nixon
Northern Redbacks showed why they are genuine title contenders by hammering Stirling Panthers 13-0 on Sunday in a complete mismatch at Yuluma Park.
Tiana Botha scored five goals, while strike partner Sarah Carroll netted four times as Redbacks continued their strong start to the season to remain in the top three of the Women’s Premier Division.
Winners of six of their 10 games this season before today, Redbacks controlled the contest throughout and took just eight minutes to get off the mark as Botha volleyed Walsh’s inviting cross past Stacy Cavill in the Stirling goal.
Walsh then got her name on the scoresheet two minutes later as she was the first to follow up her own shot which cannoned off the post.
A pair of goals from forward Carroll and Botha’s second put the result beyond doubt by the half-hour mark as Conrad McElvie’s side showcased their attacking prowess.
It was more of the same after the break, as Carroll completed her hat-trick two minutes after the restart after some clever build-up play from Sophia Neal.
Walsh’s second, a curling effort from Katie Moth and two more goals from Botha took the Redbacks into double digits in a dazzling display.
Walsh completed her hat-trick with a tap in 15-minutes from time before a Carroll penalty and Botha’s fifth goal of the afternoon rounded out the scoring in a one-sided affair.
For Panthers it was an embarrassing afternoon in a horrible season – this was their 12th loss from 12 matches and they now have a goal difference of -67.
Star player: Tiana Botha (Northern Redbacks)
Stirling Panthers 0
Northern Redbacks 13 (Botha 8min 31 70 72 84, Walsh 10 57 75, S Carroll 12 20 47 80, Moth 64)
Sunday, July 14
Referee: John Westmerland
Assistant referees: C Batey, A Merkeco
Stirling Panthers: 1. Stacey CAVILL, 2. Taylor REID, 3. Ashling DEVITT, 4. Lauren CONTINIBALI, 5. Emily SPASEVSKI, 6. Emily HARRISON (15. Safyr IRIKS 57), 7. Nina BOORMAN, 8. Tatiana GONZALES, 9. Gabbi SARACENI, 11. Caity VALLELONGA, 13. Laura ST RUTH (10. Monique JELASKA 33)
Substitutes not used: 12. Martina RUSSELL, 14. Courtney LOMBARDO
Yellow cards: Spasevski 51, Reid 80
Red cards: Nil
Northern Redbacks: 1. Morgan AQUINO, 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Larissa WALSH, 4. Bronwyn SHEDMAN, 6. Carla BENNETT, 7. Kim CARROLL, 8. Aster MULU, 10. Katie MOTH, 12. Ali BENNETT (13. Melanie DOEGLAS 64), 14. Sophia NEAL, 15. Tiana BOTHA
Substitutes not used: 5. Meg CONLON, 9. Janelle ST PIERRE, 11. Hayley RICHARDS
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil