Pride's Nicole Quinn

Olympic FC Women scored two goals inside the final 15 minutes to see off a dogged Western Pride Women 3-1 at Briggs Road Complex.

Nikkita Dawes scored from an indirect free-kick shortly after the restart to cancel out Kirsten Jamieson’s early opener, but late strikes from Lorena Maggio and Allira Toby ended the hosts’ resistance.

Olympic led from the ninth minute courtesy of Jamieson’s 34th goal of the season only to be kept from extending their lead by former goalkeeper and current Pride captain Kirsten Veeren.

Dawes leveled early in the second half before ex-Pride player/coach put the visitors ahead with less than 15 minutes to go.

Ella Jewell Roosen suffered a serious injury a minute later to leave Pride with only 10 players having already made three substitutions.

Olympic eventually made their numbers count when Allira Toby ensured the win on the cusp of injury time.

The win extends Olympic’s winning run to five matches and reduces the margin to second-placed Souths United Women to a single point.

Pride’s third home defeat of the campaign keeps the Ipswich outfit in ninth after 10 matches.

Key Moments

9’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC – An over-hit cross is turned back towards Kirsten Jamieson, who steers the finish beyond the reach of a diving Veeren.

20’ – CHANCE FOR OLYMPIC – Jamieson runs onto a perfectly weighted through-ball but Veeren comes out to block the shot.

31’ – CHANCE FOR OLYMPIC – Jazmyn Perin dispossesses the Pride defence but is unable to beat Veeren in a one-on-one.

41’ – CHANCE FOR OLYMPIC – Veeren pushes away Allira Toby’s thunderbolt after Pride’s defence failed to clear their lines.

52’ – GOAL FOR PRIDE – Pride are awarded an indirect free-kick in the area after Olympic ‘keeper Katie Ronan is adjudged to have handled a back-pass. Teagan Essom touches the ball for Nikkita Dawes to smash through a crowded area and into the roof of the net.

53’ – CHANCE FOR OLYMPIC – Jamieson receives the ball at the top of the area but sees her shot crash against the crossbar.

77’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC – Alicia Cole’s clearance off the line falls invitingly for Lorena Maggio to produce a simple tap-in.

90’ – GOAL FOR OLYMPIC – A reaction save from Veeren falls to the feet of Toby who puts away the rebound.

What They Said

“They seemed like they didn’t really expect us to play the way we did, they got really frustrated, but we just kept pushing. We could have done better (for the last two goals). I really enjoyed myself, enjoyed playing against my old teammates. It was a really good game.” – Kirsten Veeren, Western Pride FC Women captain.

“(Pride) have held some very good teams to very low scores. Our gameplan was obviously based on patience and trying to probe through and find cracks where we could. The high scoring games are a sign of our moves working but … we need to be able to break down.” – Phil Canham, Olympic FC Women coach.

Match Details

PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s 2016 – Round 8 (catch-up)
Wednesday, 8 June
Briggs Road Complex, Ipswich

Western Pride FC Women – 1 (Nikkita DAWES 52’)
Olympic FC Women – 3 (Kirsten JAMIESON 9’ Lorena MAGGIO 77’ Allira TOBY 90’)

Match Centre –

Match Officials – Nathan SCOTT (referee) Christopher SHARKEY (assistant), Shane McNICHOLL (assistant)

Words: Matt Dorman (courtesy of Football Queensland) and Garry McKenzie
Photo: Chris Simpson
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