Back-to-back for Backpackers 2016 Metro Cup Winners

Photo courtesy Vince Caratozzolo, Football West

Monday, September 05, 2016

Backpackers FC retained the Bankwest Metropolitan Cup with a clinical 4-0 win over Joondalup City on the back of Louise Porter’s hat-trick at Grindleford Reserve on Sunday.

Report by Kelechi Osunwa

Porter pounced on a sloppy goal kick to give Backpackers the lead after 20 minutes but Joondalup grew into the game forcing Backpackers’ custodian Sam Geddes into several significant saves one of which was helped by the cross bar.

Joondalup started the second half on the front foot and camped outside the Backpackers penalty area but tough tackling from Siobhan Ward and a string of more great saves from Geddes left Joondalup frustrated.

It would only get worse as Backpackers would double their lead against a run of play with an own goal from captain Cassandra Roberts before Porter would complete her hat-trick with two late strikes.

An injured but jubilant player-coach Lindsey Roe was delighted for her players.

“It feels amazing and I’m so happy for the girls,” Roe said.

“I would have loved to have been on the pitch but I just can’t be happier for the girls, every single one of them I’m just in awe of them right now.

“It’s been tough coming back and coming into a coaching role especially when they are my friends.

“But every single one of them have listened and they all did a job, they know what they were doing throughout the season and I’ve seen us grow from last year with some amazing performances.”

Porter had just blazed a chance high and wide moments before a sloppy goal kick went straight to her on the edge of the penalty area. She danced past two players and then drove her finish into the bottom left hand corner.

Joondalup had a great chance to equalise moments later and forced Geddes to deal with a dipping Clare Glover free kick which she could only palm onto the cross bar.

Backpackers had two great chances to double the lead first with Sally Chetwin who was through on goal and had her effort expertly smothered by the onrushing Avril Killeen.

Porter almost made it two but her free kick narrowly drifted past the post much to the disappointment of the Backpackers supporters who had already started to celebrate.

Joondalup slowly began to take a foothold of the match with Glover and Hope Compton dictating play in the midfield and Danielle Maton looking lively in the forward line whipping crosses across the keepers area.

Joondalup kept that foothold into the second half and were unlucky not to be level when  Matton fizzed a cross across the face of goal which was met by Candice Marrow’s glancing header which flashed wide of the far post.

Joondalup looked to have found a way to deal with the threatening porter through Vanessa O’Brien and Roberts at the back but it was Roberts that would unwittingly double the lead for Backpackers.

Jenna Pannell’s free kick was curled into the box with pace and Roberts rose high but steered the header over Killeen in goal.

Minutes later and the score was 3-0 when Porter picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and fired a low effort that managed to sneak past Killeen.

Joondalup were left to rue their luck as India Joyce fired a shot off the crossbar before Geddes pulled off two improbable saves; First to deny Maton from a tight angle before making an audacious piece of keep to hold on to a point blank chance.

The game was put beyond doubt when Porter claimed her hat-trick and a fourth for backpackers.

Porter found herself with a yard of space in the penalty area, shimmied past her maker and arrowed a low finish that left the keeper rooted to the spot.

The loss was Joondalup’s first of the season and coach Julian Barley backed his side to bounce back to hopefully win Metropolitan League Division Two.

“We’re gutted not to win, it’s the first time we lost all season but here we are in the final and we did our best,” he said.

“It was a good game and good to watch. It was good for our girls, for me to watch, for the supporters to watch and that’s what it’s all about. The enjoyment of the sport.

“We’ve scored a lot of goals all season we’ve scored 110 in the league and we’ve beaten teams just by scoring more than them but today was just one of those days nothing was going to go in for us.”

Joondalup City 0
Backpackers FC 4 (Porter 20min 70’ 79’, OG 63’)
Grindleford Reserve, Balcatta
Referee: W. Henley
AR1: R. Connolly AR2: E. Stevens

Joondalup City: 1. Avril KILLEEN 4. Ashleigh BROWN, 2. Hope COMPTON, 11. Clare GLOVER, 9. Ashleigh GREENWELL, 7. India JOYCE, 6. Holly MAHER, 13. Danielle MATON, 17. Candice MARROW, 5. Vanessa O’BRIEN, 3. Fiona RICHARDSON, 10. Cassandra ROBERTS, 15. Deb THOMPSON, 14. Jessica TILFORDS, 16. Angela WILLIAMS, 12. Alice Hall
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil

Backpackers FC: 1. Navina GOERICKE, 33. Sam GEDDES, 92. Siobhan WARD, 24. Siobhan MULLOOLY, 20. Emma TAIT, Jennifer FREEMAN, 71. Jenna PANNELL, 95. Sally CHETWIN, 18. Lara SHARP, 96. Mckenzie HIGGINS, 40. Louise PORTER, 25. Brit SCHNEEMAN, 26. Brenda BONNER, 43. Thao NGUYEN, 47. Orla HILL, 45. Angela DU BOULAY
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil