Redbacks find their sting against East Freo

Football West News

The Northern Redbacks have lived up to their namesake with a convincing 5-0 victory over East Fremantle FC on Sunday.

Redbacks’ Demi Vance set the tone for the match with a skilful goal in the 5th minute.

East Fremantle responded with some close attempts by McKayla Lyons and Kate Thayer in 19th and 26th minutes, but Redbacks’ keeper Kathleen Waycott was quick on the ball.

Renee Leota managed to extend the Redbacks’ lead by scrambling the ball through a crowded square in the 29th minute.

East Fremantle came out strong in the second, but shots from Evie Marchetti and Sarah Kenny in the 52nd and 55th minutes weren’t enough to close the gap.

Jessica Wheatman, Vance and Leota were able to capitalise on their opponents’ mistakes and add three goals to their tally.

Coming into round six the Redbacks were placed 5th on the ladder with one win and two loses, but the result has lifted them to 3rd place, behind their next formidable opponent NTC.

Redbacks coach Tim Hodgson said his team had missed a number of games this season but he is pleased to see them progress on the scoreboard.

“We haven’t really had enough games for us to get things gelling properly, but when we did start combining things, we are not too bad,” he said.

Hodgson said his team’s line-up included three international-level players, which was the key to their success.

“We’ve got experienced players, we play it simple if we can,” he said.

Leota played for New Zealand in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vance played for Northern Island in the UEFA Championship in 2007 and Kim Carroll has played for the Matildas in the 2011 World Cup.

Having won 14 Premier League Championships, Hodgson said the team had let themselves down in a couple of games this year, but it was all forward from here.

East Fremantle assistant coach Gary Thayer commended his team for their gutsy performance against a more experienced side.

“We are a young team and it is a little bit erratic at times, some are still learning about the game,” he said.

“We have just come off NTC which was a big loss, which wasn’t deserved, but in this game we had our chances.

“When we put pressure on them, they didn’t play as well, but as soon as we slacked off they just walked all over us.”

Northern Redbacks 5 (Vance 5min, 8, Leota 14, Wheatman 2)

East Fremantle SC 0

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wauhop Park

Kick-off: 3:00pm

Referee: John Westmerland

Northern Redbacks: 1. Kathleen WAYCOTT, 2. Jessica WHEATMAN, 3. Larissa WALSH, 5. Eleanor BLACKMORE, 6. Carla BENNETT, 7. Kim CARROLL, 8. Demi VANCE, 9. Megan MILLER, 11. Katie MOTH, 12. Shawn BILLAM, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO, 14. Renee LEOTA, 15. Piper BOOBYER, 17. Lauren RILEY

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

East Fremantle SC: 1. Leniana MASIBAKA, 2. Brook MARICIE, 3. Issabelle BRIDGES, 4. Zoe YAO, 5. Karissa LEAR, 6. Lauren WALTMAN, 7. Lea VOLKMER, 8. McKayla LYONS, 9. Evie MARCHETTI, 10. Emma GAUTREY, 11. Sarah KENNY, 13. Kate THAYER, 14. Rachael OLIVE, 15. Zoe ANDRIJICH, 16. Sammi CARBON, 17. Raphaella WALTMAN

East Fremantle SC:

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil