Redbacks and Angels play out a seven-goal thriller

Photo courtesy Peter Simcox

Monday, June 20, 2016

Northern Redbacks bounced back from last week’s loss against Queens Park, with a thrilling 4-3 win against Beckenham Angels in round nine of the Bankwest Women’s Premier League at Mills Park on Sunday afternoon.

Report by Peter Simcox

The visitors had raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening 16 minutes, with goals from Demi Vance, Nicola Williams and Nadene Caldwell, but the Angels hit back before half time to reduce the deficit to 3-2 at the break with Katarina Jukic and Marianna Tabain on target.

It was a see-saw second half with Vance adding her second on the hour to increase Redbacks lead, but Tabain added her second five minutes from time to set up a grandstand finish, but the Redbacks hung on to keep in touch with the league leaders.

Redbacks coach Tim Hodgson said it was a hard fought win, but it was good to bounce back from last week’s disappointment.

“It was great game today, with both sides who have been successful in the last couple of years,” he said.

“After a good start, we knew they would come back, and in the past we had a game against them when we three goals down and we hit back to win, so I was hoping deja vu wasn’t going to happen.

“They were up for the game today, and to stay in contention to defend their title, and they knew we had to get a result today and were delighted we have.

“Our strikers were outstanding today and I thought Nicola (Williams) showed her experience just in front of the back four, she has been a fantastic player for a number of years in this league and she was great for us today.”

The visitors made a great start and they were ahead after only 30 seconds, Vance racing into the penalty area and finishing low past Stacey Cavill.

The Redbacks doubled their advantage on eight minutes Caldwell’s free kick was turned home by Williams.

It was 3-0 on 16 minutes Vance’s free kick was only parried by Cavill and Caldwell was on hand to fire home the rebound.

The home side were shell-shocked but they hit back on 28 minutes, Tabain and Jamie-Lee Gale combined, and Gale’s shot was saved by Kathleen Waycott, but Jukic fired home the rebound.

The home side had lifted and Ella Mastrantonio shot straight at Waycott, before Jukic header was saved by the Redbacks custodian.

But in first half stoppage time the home side reduced the margin, Tabain curling home superbly from a free kick on the edge of the penalty area.

Both sides went close in the second half, but on the hour the visitors added a fourth. Jacinta Coleman sent Vance in on goal and she finished clinically past Cavil.

It looked to be game over but the home side had other ideas. Tabain fired inches wide, before Jukic’s long-range shot crashed of the post.

Then five minutes from time the home side reduced the margin, Tabain reacting the quickest after Waycott had saved the midfielder’s first shot.

Beckenham pressed late and Tabain’s shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Waycott, but time run out and it was the Redbacks taking home the points.

Beckenham Angels 3 (Jukic 28 mins, Tabain 45+ 4’, 85’)
Northern Redbacks 4 (Vance 1’ 60’, Williams 8’, Caldwell 16’,)
Sunday June 19 206
Mills Park
Referee: JJ Krishanan

Beckenham Angels: GK Stacey CAVILL, 2 Lindsey KENYON, 3 Annique KEISLER, 4 Jessica LINQUIST, 5 Shannon MAY, 6 Antonia JUKIC, 7 Marianna TABAIN, 8 Jamie-Lee GALE, 9 Janelle ST PIERRE, 10 Eleanor BATES, 11 Ella MASTRANTONIO, 14 Penelope CLYTON, 15 Jessica LEURS, 16 Katarina JUKIC,
Yellow cards: Nil

Northern Redbacks: GK Kathleen WAYCOTT, 2 Eleanor BLACKMORE, 3 Larissa WALSH, 4 Nicola WILLIAMS, 6 Carla BENNETT, 7 Lauren RILEY, 8 Demi VANCE, 9 Keeley HALLIDAY, 10 Jacinta COLEMAN, 11 Emily DUNN, 12 Shawn BILLAM, 14 Renee LEOTA, 15 Emily HENDERSON, 16 Nadene CALDWELL, 17 Jessica WHEATMAN
Yellow cards: Nil