PARKSIDE ladies came from one-nil down at half-time to secure an all-important 3-2 win in the Mount Isa soccer league.
The win secures Parkside second on the table, heading into the finals this weekend at the Mount Isa soccer fields.
Parkside coach Jason Howard says his young girls showed strong resolve to not drop their heads and win the match.
“We dominated possession for most of the second half and I thought it was only a matter of time before we broke down their defence,” Howard said.
“For such a young side to come back from a goal down twice and win the match is a testament to their characters.”
Parkside started the match with just nine players, one less than Isaroos had, which is the reason behind Isaroos first goal.
However, Howard’s side proved why it is one of the danger teams heading into the finals, creating plenty of chances of its own.
Isaroos themselves dropped to nine players when goal-keeper Bridie Frame was forced from the pitch through injury, meaning coach Dan Woolmer had to reshuffle his side.
This didn’t stop Isaroos’ momentum though, with star midfielder Sarah Astbury creating plenty of chances for her forwards on the counter attack.
However, each time, Parkside goal-keeper Shradaha Rolland was up to the challenge and ensured her side went into the break only down one.
In the second half, Parkside finally found the back of the net, but its joy was short-lived when Isaroos scored within minutes on the counter attack.
“It was deflating for the girls going from the highs of scoring to letting one in moments later, but the girls responded excellently,” Howard said.
Weight of possession eventually saw Parkside equalise before Rhiannon Howard scored the winner from a free kick with just minutes remaining.
“The girls deserved the win, dominating large portions of the second half,” Howard said.
“It’s a great momentum boost for the girls heading into the finals, considering we could still manage a result without a full team.”
In Friday night’s other matches, Hailey Renault’s hat-trick led Tigers to a comprehensive 4-0 against Inter and secured the minor premiership for her side.
While a penalty proved the difference for Atlas, who defeated Rippers 1-0 in a tightly fought encounter.
■ Mount Isa women’s division 1 table (following completion of regular season): Tigers 38 points, Parkside 30 points, Atlas 26 points, Isaroos 23 points, Rippers 10 points, Inter 1 point
MIDFIELD MAESTRO: Isaroos Sarah Astbury tries to maintain possession despite pressure from her Parkside opponents.
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