Queens Park title-tilt grinds to a halt

Football West News

Monday, August 22, 2016

Queens Park’s championship aspirations received a body-blow as they were held to a frustrating goalless draw against Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve on Sunday.

Report by Paul J. Laverty

On a pitch which held up well despite a full weekend of rain and football, the first half failed to ignite, dishing up pace and physicality but with both defences coming out on top.

In the second period Queens Park lifted peppering the home goal with shots, and Balcatta had their keeper Gabby Dal Busco to thank for keeping the scores level with a virtuoso performance.

In the 62nd minute she bravely saved at the feet of Nicole Campbell when the Queens Park captain looked set to score, and then followed this up with two lightning-quick close-range stops within a minute, the first from Katie Schubert and the second again from Campbell.

On 73 minutes Queens Park’s Natasha Rigby made a surging run down the right and her effort finally beat Dal Busco only to hit a post.

Moments later Campbell held her head in her hands when she rattled the ball over the bar from just 12m following a superb cut-back from Stacey Learmont.

Balcatta were mostly limited to speculative long-range efforts but could have pinched it right at the end when Chelsea Winchcombe had the ball nicked from her toe following a dazzling solo-run through the Queens Park defence, before Ash Panaia sliced the resulting corner just past a post.

In the end both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils with Queens Park falling further off the pace in the race for the Bankwest Women’s State League Premier title.

“We had a couple of players out through injury but we should have got the job done,” said a frustrated Queens Park coach, Ben Anderton.

“We controlled the tempo, the possession, but it was just one of those days it wouldn’t go in.”

For Balcatta this was a confidence-boosting result, which the young side vow to use as a benchmark for the 2017 season.

“Everybody’s pretty stoked,” said captain Chelsea Winchcombe.

“We worked as a team. We’ve had the ability all season and we just pulled it together today.”

Balcatta 0
Queens Park 0
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Grindleford Reserve
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: M. Tolmie

Balcatta: 1. Gabby DAL BUSCO, 2. Chelsea WINCHCOMBE, 3. Tahlia D’OPERA, 4. Cass HARDING, 5. Erika CHILCOTT, 6. Monique GODDING, 7. Giorgia ALFORD, 8. Lexi NJIRICH, 10. Caitlin DOEGLAS, 11. Melanie DOEGLAS, 12. Tiahna SCANDRETT, 14. Ash PANAIA, 15. Madisyn OLGUIN, 17. Nadia HARVEY
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil

Queens Park: 1. Danelle CORNISH, 3. Rebecca DICARLO, 5. Angelique STANNETT, 8. Stacey LEARMONT, 9. Brittany WOODFIN, 10. Nicole CAMPBELL, 11. Natasha RIGBY, 12. Kathryn SCHUBERT, 13. Georgie KENT, 14. Emma YLIAS, 15. Jessica DARMAGO, 16. Caitlyn BROOMHEAD, 17. Monique GORDON, 24. Sadie LAWRENCE
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil