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Morgan Aquino kept a clean sheet as Northern Redbacks advanced in the Women's State Cup

Redbacks into cup last four

Report by Edward Nixon

Northern Redbacks advanced to the Women’s State Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Hyundai NTC Women at Celebration Park on Sunday.

Renee Leota’s first-half strike and second-half goals from Carla Bennett and Sarah Carroll helped the Redbacks progress to the final four.

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS

In a fixture pitting two Premier League outfits against each other, it was the Redbacks who got off to the faster start as Tiana Botha shot wide in the opening 10 minutes.

Redbacks, who sit top of the Premier Division, broke the deadlock when forward Leota volleyed home after Carroll’s shot was blocked.

The goal was the only talking point of what was a cagey opening 45 minutes.

A pair of half-time substitutions by NTC coach Gavin Sit energised his squad as they went out in search of an equaliser – Abbey Green and Sarah Mitchell going close.

Those missed opportunities would prove costly as the Redbacks doubled their advantage just past the hour-mark when Bennett steered home Carroll’s indirect free-kick awarded after NTC goalkeeper Miranda Templeman had handled a back-pass.

Playing with confidence, Northern Redbacks added a third as Carroll scored from the penalty spot to send her side through to the cup semi-finals.

NTC went close to pulling back a consolation goal in the dying stages but Redbacks keeper Morgan Aquino produced a pair of quality saves to deny Green, while Leticia McKenna struck the woodwork with a thunderous free-kick.

Star player: Morgan Aquino (Northern Redbacks)

Northern Redbacks 3 (Leota 19min, Bennett 63, S Carroll 73)
NTC Women 0

Celebration Park
Sunday, 30 June 2019
Kick-off: 1pm
Referee: John Westmurland
Assistant referees: Arnold Mervis, Julian Putti

Northern Redbacks: 1. Morgan AQUINO, 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Larissa WALSH, 4. Bronwyn SHEDMAN, 5. Tiana BOTHA (16. Sophia NEAL 37), 6. Carla BENNETT, 7. Kim CARROLL, 8. Shawn BILLAM, 9. Katie MOTH, 11. Emily DUNN, 14. Renee LEOTA (12. Grace MANTEINO 79)
Substitutes not used: 10. Chloe ALAGA, 13. Janelle ST PIERRE, 15. Emily ROACH
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Hyundai NTC: 2. Rosie LEHANE, 6. Zoe SPADANO (10. Leticia McKENNA 46), 7. Taneesha BAKER (19. Jayna RIDLEY 46), 8. Hana LOWRY (12. Judy CONNOLLY 66), 9. Abbey GREEN, 11. Emma McMURDO, 13. Cameron BARREIRO, 14. Grace MITCHELL, 15. Sarah MITCHELL, 16. Miranda TEMPLEMAN (GK), 17. Ella HOY
Substitutes not used: 18. Jaspa CARGILL-FLETCHER, 76. Taneesha EDDY
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil