Redbacks see off Queens Park challenge

Football West News

Monday, August 01, 2016

A clinical display by Northern Redbacks saw the title-holders take a significant step towards retaining their Bankwest Women’s State League Premier League crown with a 2-0 away win at Coker Park.

Report by Paul J. Laverty

An early goal in each half, the first a volley by Nadene Caldwell and the second a tidy finish by Renee Leota, brought title-challengers Queens Park back down-to-earth with a bump after their impressive victory at home to Beckenham Angels last week.

Redbacks coach Tim Hodgson was delighted with the victory.

“They’d beaten us twice already this year but we were more disciplined than in the past,” he said. “The focus was there for the whole 90 minutes.”

The top-of-the-table clash failed to spark into a pulsating encounter with the Redbacks coming out on top in almost every department.

The result could have been even more convincing had Lauren Riley not saw her first-half pile driver brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Danelle Cornish in the Queens Park goal.

For the home-side it was a day to forget with in-form forward Brooke Johnston failing to threaten the Redbacks’ rearguard. She was reduced to hopeful shots from outside the box which caused little trouble for shot-stopper Kathleen Waycott.

Falling four points adrift of top spot and seeing their league fate taken out of their own hands, Queens Park coach Ben Anderton was frustrated with his side’s display both with and without the ball.

“We showed them too much respect,” he said. “We let them play the ball too much and didn’t pressure.”

Hodgson’s Redbacks have another crunch game next week against Beckenham whose win against the National Training Centre side sees them leap above Queens Park into second place, just two points off Northern Redbacks.

“It’s certainly going to be very tough, we’ve been strong rivals for years” said Hodgson, ahead of his club’s clash with Beckenham.

“We need to put in a performance like we did today and maybe a little bit more.”

Queens Park 0
Northern Redbacks 2 (Caldwell 15min, Leota 55)
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Coker Park
Referee: Pedro Vasquez

Queens Park: 1. Danelle CORNISH, 3. Rebecca DICARLO, 4. Natasha Rigby, 5. Angelique STANNETT, 6. Monique GORDON, 7. Brittany WOODFIN, 8. Stacey LEARMONT, 9. Brooke JOHNSTON, 10. Nicole CAMPBELL, 11. Sadie LAWRENCE, 12. Alex DERCKSEN, 13. Georgie KENT, 15. Jessica DARMAGO, 16. Caitlyn BROOMHEAD, 25. Courtney OWEN
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil

Northern Redbacks: 1. Kathleen WAYCOTT, 2. Jessica WHEATMAN, 3. Larissa WALSH, 4. Kimberly THIESS, 5. Eleanor BLACKMORE, 6. Carla BENNETT, 7. Lauren RILEY, 8. Jade KLEPPE, 9. Chloe ALAGA, 10. Jacinta COLEMAN, 11. Emily DUNN, 12. Shawn BILLAM, 14. Renee LEOTA, 15. Emily HENDERSON, 16. Nadene CALDWELL, 17. Stephanie WAYCOTT
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil

Red cards: nil