Bankwest Women’s Cup Semi Finals wrap
A wrap on the weekend’s results.
Report by James Mooney footballwest.com.au
Queens Park 1 (Temira Rowatt)
Northern Redbacks 1 (Clare Dunn) (Won on Penalties)
@ Coker Park
The Northern Redbacks have squeezed through to the cup finals after defeating Queens Park on penalties yesterday.
Queens Park came into the game with a spell of good form in the last few weeks, while the Redbacks have been solid all season, leaving the perfect recipe for a neutral fan.
In another close contest between the two sides, which couldn’t be separated from normal time, it was the Redbacks who found some luck in the shootout.
It has been a week since Queens Park dented the Redbacks’ chances of a top of the table finish with a nil-all draw.
Queens Park found the breakthrough 20 minutes into the second half after an amazing 35-yard strike from Temira Rowatt saw them take the lead.
The home side looked to have held onto the victory until former Queens Park player Clare Dunn found the equaliser minutes from full time.
The game went straight to the shootout where the Redbacks were able to hit the target on more occasions than Queens Park to put an end to a dramatic display.
Beckenham Angels 6 (Danielle Calautti 2, Kirby Larsen, Andrea Preiato, Katarina Jukic, Kristen Kofler)
@ UWA Sports Park
Beckenham Angels defeated UWA-Nedlands 6-0 in the second semi final game yesterday.
A few weeks prior Beckenham defeated UWA, however it was a hard fought battle, which left the door open for UWA to push the Angels to the limit.
The opening half was an even contest, as both sides were forced to cope with the jump in temperature.
It looked to be heading for a scoreless first half until a late goal from Perth Glory Women midfielder Danielle Calautti gave Beckenham a one-goal lead at half time.
The late goal put a spring in Beckenham’s step as they found the back of the net three times in the opening six minutes of the second half.
Goals to Kirby Larsen, Andrea Preiato and Katarina Jukic put Beckenham on track for the win.
UWA continued to battle hard in the game, however their slow start to the second half proved to be too great of a climb.
Kristen Kofler put another one on the board for Beckenham, which was soon followed by Calautti’s second to finish out the game.
The result will now see the Northern Redbacks face Beckenham Angels in the Bankwest Women’s Cup Final in a replay of the 2011 encounter. The Redbacks will be aiming to make it five straight Cup Final wins in Tim Hodgson’s finals match as coach.