St Joseph’s Win Darling Downs Red Lion Plate
After a strong performance in the Semi-Final against St Ursula’s, St Joseph’s Stanthorpe took on the much larger St Joseph’s College Toowoomba in the final of the Red Lion Plate. Playing in Toowoomba the match began evenly with both teams tightly pressuring in attack and defence.
Captain Lilly Manahan lead from the front as she and Caitlin Debnam thwarted several opposition raids turning strong defence into great counter attack, allowing Anika Spiller to find the back of the net in the sixth minute. This lifted the whole team to produce inspiring teamwork and support play to place Anika Spiller in the position to score 3 more goals before half time giving the St Joseph’s Girls a comfortable 4-0 lead going into half time.
The second half saw the Toowoomba team come out fighting and keeper Katie Yates was forced to field a number of powerful long range shots before Anika Spiller and Ally McLellan combined skilfully in attack to see Ally score 10 minutes into the second half. Captain Lilly Manahan then joined the scoring list with a powerful curve ball from the 30m line to take the score to 6-0. Spiller showed great resilience after being taken down in the goal box resulting in the conversion of a penalty bringing the score line to 7-0.
At the competition of the match Team Officials were required to select a player of the match. This was awarded to Anika Spiller who showed great individual and team play throughout the match. St Joseph’s School Stanthorpe students Matthew McDonald, Liam Hitchener and Hunter Murphy officiated the game. Both teams at the end of the match agreed that the match was refereed with confidence, conviction and consistency. The level at which this game was refereed made for a well flowing game free of controversy.
In what was a great team effort from all players the St Joseph’s Stanthorpe team highlighted how enjoyable the game of soccer can be to both play and watch.
Written By Jim Armstrong