Draw ends Beckenham hopes

Match action from Beckenham v Queens Park. Photo: Rachel Collier

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beckenham coach Jason Washington-King conceded the Bankwest Women’s State League Premier title was out of reach after his side drew 1-1 with Queens Park at a blustery Mills Park yesterday.

Report by Rachel Collier

In a game which both teams needed three points in their pursuit of league-leading Northern Redbacks, neither did enough to claim victory.

Both goals came in a lively first half in which both teams had clear chances. It was a 24th minute header from Andrea Preiato that broke the deadlock for the home side. Brooke Johnstone replied for Queens in the 38th minute with a diving header to level the scores.

Washington-King rued his team’s lack of clinical finishing.

“We just didn’t capitalise on the chances that we had today,” he said. “It was a hard game, we played well and so did they. We just needed to take our chances.

“I’m not disappointed in the girl’s performance, but it is always disappointing to be ruled out of winning the league. We have had a lack of consistency this season, and this is something we need to improve on.”

The game got off to a frantic start with Queens having a clear cut opportunity in the first minute of an action-packed half. Nikki Campbell drifted away from her marker to have a free header at the back post, which went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock.

From then on, Beckenham grew in confidence and began to dominate the play. Danielle Calautti had the best chance for the Angels in the early exchanges, with a header that inched over the bar, leaving the Queens defence looking bemused.

On the break, Queens Park looked dangerous and had the best chance to take the lead in the 10th minute. Jamie Gibbons hit a post after keeper Kirsty Teschinsky misjudged a long ball into the Beckenham box.

The breakthrough came for Beckenham with a well worked goal, which saw Jamie Lee Gale whip in a perfectly weighted cross for Preiato to head home at the far post.

The Angels looked threating and came close to adding a second in the 33rd minute when good link up play between Lindsey Jobling and Jessica Lindquist, resulted in the latter dragging a good chance just wide.

However, it was Queens Park who scored the second goal of the game. Amy Thorpe floated in a free-kick from just inside the Beckenham half, which leading scorer Johnstone got herself on to the end of. Her diving header beat the outstretched glove of Teschinsky into the bottom corner.

Beckenham were close to restoring their lead in the 44th minute. A fantastic one-handed save from Maya Diederichsen denied Calautti‘s powerful header and kept the scores level at half-time.

The second half was a cagey affair, with neither team being able to sustain long periods of effective possession. Queens Park upped their pressing game, limiting Beckenham’s time on the ball and ability to create chances.

Johnston could have doubled her tally for the day with a menacing strike from outside the area, which had the Beckenham keeper beaten in the 72nd minute. The shot clipped the cross bar and resulted in a goal kick.

The last 10 minutes saw both teams have chances to snatch the three points, with Jobling having the Angels best chance in the 84th minute. A dangerous in-swinging corner from Gale was met at the far post by Jobling, who headed just over from a tight angle.

Queens Park had the best chance of the half in the 88th minute when Woodfin’s header was cleared off the line by a rattled Beckenham defence.

Queens Park coach Grant Learmont was disappointed with his team’s first-half display but was pleased with his team’s resilience in the second half.

“I wasn’t happy with the way they started,” he said. “I gave them a stern talking to at half-time and they responded well and I was pleased with that.

“I’m slightly gutted with the result, as I thought we had it, especially with the chance we had in the final few minutes.”

Although Queens Park only picked up a point, Learmont is confident about his side’s title credentials. “I’m still positive, we have a good chance to go on and win this,” he said. “We just need results to happen for us, that’s all.”

Redbacks are four points clear of Queens Park. Beckenham are 10 points adrift of Redbacks.

Beckenham Angels 1 (PREIATO 24’)
Queens Park 1 (JOHNSTON 36’)
Sunday 17th August 2014
Venue: Mills Park
Kick-off: 3pm
Ref: Mark Williams

Beckenham Angels: 1. Kirsty TESCHINSKY (GK), 3. Kirby LARSEN, 4. Lindsey JOBLING, 5. Jessica FERGUSON, 6. Antonia JUKIC, 7. Annique KEISLER, 8. Jamie-Lee GALE, 9. Danielle CALAUTTI, 10. Kathryn CONROY, 11. Emma LEANING, 12. Stephanie CAIN, 13. Lindsey KENYON(c), 14. Caitlyn BROOMHEAD, 15. Andrea PREIATO, 16. Jessica LINDQUIST.
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil

Queens Park: 1. Maya DIEDERICHSEN(GK), 2. Helene BORDAS, 6. Monique GORDON, 7. Brittany WOODFIN, 8. Stacey LEARMONT, 9. Brooke JOHNSTON, 10. Nikki CAMPBELL(c), 12, Danielle CORNISH, 13. Georgina KENT, 14. Annie GEVERS, 15. Jessica DARMAGO, 16. Emily DEAN, 21. Amy THORPE, 22. Jaymee GIBBONS, 24. Adel JACKSON
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil