Melville snatch top spot

Monday, May 16, 2016

Melville City snatched top spot after a narrow 2-1 defeat of Queens Park in the Bankwest Women’s State League Premier Division top-of-the-table clash at Coker Park on Sunday.

Report by Adrian Klein

Goals to Lucy Jerram and Jamie Duncanson was enough to secure three points and send Melville to the top.

Melville coach Gabrielle Walker-Ortega was impressed with her side’s attacking display.

“I’m ecstatic with the way the girls played, I couldn’t be more proud of them,” she said.

“To always put pressure on is something we usually don’t do enough, but we did that perfectly today which won us the game.

“The backline and our goalkeeper is where our strength comes from, if your defence is strong then the rest of your team won’t be afraid to push up.”

The away side snatched the opening goal in the fifth minute as goalkeeper Loren Mahoney failed to clear a pass back leaving Jerram to score against an open net.

Melville were able to secure their second on 25 minutes. This time through Duncanson who did well to strike low towards the near post.

Queens Park came out firing after the break.

Sadie Lawrence gave Queens Park a glimmer of hope as she fired home from the edge of the box in the 64th minute.

With two minutes left of play Brooke Johnston came close to finding the equaliser but her headed effort was off target.

Queens Park coach Ben Anderton said that the two early goals were too much for his side to come back from.

“They got two quick goals against us which at the end of the day in the conditions and the way they played was hard for us to bring it back,” he said.

“We knew they were going to come out hard and press us strong, so we tried to play a bit more expansive football to open up the pitch but they did well to get two goals in the first 25 minutes.”

Queens Park SC 1 (Lawrence 64)
Melville City FC (Jerram 5 mins, Duncanson 25)
Sunday, May 15 2016
Kick off:
Venue: Coker Park, Cannington
Referee: Williams

Queens Park: 1. Loren Mahoney, 3 Rebecca DICARLO, 4 Natasha RIGBY, 7 Brittany WOODFIN, 8 Stacey LEARMONT, 9 Brooke JOHNSTON, 10 Nicole CAMPBELL (c), 11 Sadie LAWRENCE, 13 Georgie KENT, 15 Jessica DARMARGO, 21 Emma YLIAS, 22 Jaymee GIBBONS, 28 Courtney Owen, 29. Kathryn SCHABEST
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil

Melville City: 1. Evie GOOCH, 2. Shannon TURNER, 4. Tia STONEHILL, 8. Evie MARCHETTI, 12. Lucy JERRAM, 15. Laura WALTMAN, 19. Jamie DUNCANSON, 20. Issy BRIDGER, 21. Kelsey LYONS, 24. Grace SMITH, 34. Mikayla LYONS, 39. Zoe YAO
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil