Western Pride grabbed their first win of the season after they outlasted a spirited Sunshine Coast Fire at Briggs Rd on Saturday evening.
Pride scored a goal in each half from MacKenzie McAvoy and Sophie Weatherby before Tegan Buchmann reduced the deficit in the last 20 minutes.
Fire would have taken a share of the spoils but for Pride keeper Kirsten Veeren who made a series of diving saves to thwart Teyana Bielby.
The result sees Pride move off the foot of the table with two rounds remaining.
4’ GOAL FOR PRIDE: MacKenzie McAvoy muscles through two defenders and places the ball neatly past Shannon Buchmann.
35’ CHANCE FOR FIRE: Teyana Bielby gets behind the Pride defence, and tries a curling shot but Veeren grabs the ball.
44’ CHANCE FOR FIRE: Bielby again gets behind the Pride defence to shoot from an acute angle but Veeren gets low to block.
47’ CHANCE FOR PRIDE: McAvoy gets onto Stephanie White’s cross but sees her shot flash just wide.
49’ GOAL FOR PRIDE: Fire’s defence fails to clear a Nakoya McLennan free-kick allowing Sophie Weatherby to power home from close-range.
59’ CHANCE FOR PRIDE: Natasha Ridley scores a crowd goal as her vicious shot ruffles the wrong side of the top night.
70’ CHANCE FOR FIRE: Bielby beats Graham to a through-ball but her shot is pushed clear by a diving Veeren.
71’ GOAL FOR FIRE: A low cross evades everyone allowing Tegan Buchman the space to run onto the ball and push it past Veeren.
82’ CHANCE FOR PRIDE: Weatherby pounces on a ball in the box but Shannon Buchmann makes a point-blank diving save.
85’ CHANCE FOR FIRE: Kirra Guy gets the better of Graham and angles as shot towards the far corner but Veeren dives to tip the ball away.
Playstation 4 NPL Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 16
Saturday, 29 July
Briggs Road Complex
Western Pride FC 2 (MacKenzie McAvoy 4′, Sophie Weatherby 49′)
Sunshine Coast Fire FC 1 (Tegan Buchman 71′)
WORDS: Garry McKenzie
PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Smith