CAPTAIN Kirrily Low scored two penalties and Randall Perakovic was sent off as Ingham’s sisterhood beat Brothers 2-1 in an explosive top-of-the-table clash in Townsville.
Low bagged from the spot in both halves before Perakovic saw red after taking issue with the player who twice tried to crunch her with fly-footed tackles.
The centre-back jumped the first lunge in the opening half but got mangled in her own box by the second late in the game.
A free-kick had already been given to Ingham but bizarrely the referee gave a penalty to Brothers after Perakovic’s reaction, which the opposition scored to set up a frantic finish.
Coach Rodney Fascetti said: ‘The referee told me he forgot to book her [the player who fouled Perakovic].
‘If he’d penalised the first one the second wouldn’t have happened.
‘I’ve been asked to put in a refereeing report.
‘I don’t blame the young lad. He’s inexperienced and I thought he got everything right except for those two challenges.
‘But what I say in the report might affect how many games we lose Randall for.’
A tactical change at half-time turned the game on its head – as despite being one-up Ingham had been dominated.
Fascetti ordered Brooke McLeod to man-mark Brothers’ number ten, a tactic which led Ingham to control the second period.
Both sides had gone into the clash unbeaten but Ingham played with the hand-brake on for the first 30 minutes as they weathered a Brothers storm.
Then from a break-away attack 16-year-old Maddison Greenaway’s cross was handled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
With the prolific Low stepping up, you would have put your mortgage on the result, and she didn’t disappoint – 1-nil Ingham.
But our girls did not come out of their shells, even after taking the lead.
It took a half-time spray from Fascetti to fire them up for a second-half that they controlled.
He said: ‘I told them they were good enough and to not be scared.
‘We were fantastic in the second half and dominated the game.’
McLeod man-marking the player who had pulled the strings in the first 45’ allowed her 16-year-old central-midfield partner Sarah Fascetti – the coach’s daughter – room to push forward and cause problems for the opposition.
A penalty given for a second handball in the box, which even coach Fascetti admits could have gone either way, gave Low the opportunity to score her second on the night and 15 of the season.
With five minutes to go Randall was left reeling after that horror-tackle.
Her explosive reaction saw the referee brandish red for the Ingham player and award a penalty to Brothers, despite the fact he’d already blown for an Ingham free-kick.
At the half-way point of the season, our girls are now six points clear having played a game more than Brothers, with all teams still having to play each other again.
Their record reads: played 8, won 8, scored 36 and conceded 2 in the Townsville women’s reserve league.
Whatever happens from now until the end of the season – Hinchinbrook can be proud of the She-wolves.