South West Queensland Thunder have defied a short turnaround between fixtures to defeat Western Pride 3-2 at Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Sunday evening.
Having played midweek against Brisbane Olympic on Wednesday night, Thunder showed little sign of fatigue to storm out of the blocks and race to a 2 nil lead.
Sophie Lamberton looked to launch a Pride comeback following half-time with a wonderstrike from outside the box, but Rolfe put the game beyond doubt with a smart finish in the 79th minute.
Thunder look to continue their recent rise up the ladder when they host University of Queensland next weekend, while Pride look to secure their first points of the season away to Gold Coast.
2′ – CHANCE FOR THUNDER – Shot from top of the box richochets off the the left post into traffic, but Pride manage to clear.
13′ – GOAL FOR THUNDER – Kirsten Vereen palms a long-range strike wide, only to see Caitlyn Stocker run onto the ball and stab the rebound home on the angle.
17′ – CHANCE FOR THUNDER – High pressure defence from Thunder leads to Louise Rolfe finding the ball at the edge of the box, but her shot is cleared off the line.
23′ – GOAL FOR THUNDER – Pride fail to clear from a corner allowing Stocker to slot the ball home inside the post.
48′ – CHANCE FOR THUNDER – A precise through ball finds Stocker, but her shot is expertly saved by Vereen who rushes out to force a corner.
55′ – CHANCE FOR PRIDE – Following Mackenzie McAvoy’s run down the left, the ball finds its way to Gabby Bogdanek on the left-hand side who crosses to Georgina Adnum, but her shot is deflected for a corner.
58′ – GOAL FOR PRIDE – Sophie Lamberton unleashes from outside of the box, with the ball looping over the keeper and into the back of the net.
79′ – GOAL FOR THUNDER – Rolfe receives the ball outside the box, turns through traffic and shoots to Vereen’s left, giving Thunder a comfortable buffer.
90+1′ – GOAL FOR PRIDE – Nakoya McLennan rises highest to head the ball into the net following a corner.
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Briggs Road Sporting Complex
Sunday, May 21
Western Pride Women 2 (Sophie LAMBERTON 58′, Nakoya MCLENNAN 90+1′)
South West Queensland Thunder Women 3 (Caitlyn STOCKER 13′ 23′, Louise ROLFE 79′)
Words: Tristram Peters (FQ) and Garry McKenzie
Images: Chris Simpson