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Low hat-trick keeps Ingham riding high

Hat-trick hero Kirrily Low fired Ingham to a 3-1 victory over Ross River: Photo by Sharon Woodward

Captain Kirrily Low played two weeks after fracturing her leg.

A KIRRILY Low hat-trick fired Ingham to a 3-1 win over Ross River to keep them riding high at the top of the women’s reserve ladder.

The league-leaders were rocked in the opening minutes, going a goal down for the first time this season.

But three magic finishes from the three-time Townsville women’s premiership player-of-the-season put Ingham back on top to make it 3-1 before half-time.

Low said: ‘They caught us off guard – we weren’t expecting it.

‘They are a good team – but we reacted.

‘Things are going well at the moment. We’re gelling as a team’.

Low has been playing senior women’s soccer since she was 13 and has played in seven premiership grand finals – coming runner-up on each occasion.

Ingham are now playing in the women’s reserve league.

‘It would be nice to win one this season,’ said the talented forward.

She scored her first by curling of a shot around a group of defenders and into the net before winger Akema Greenaway sent a peach of a ball across the box which Low tapped in.

The striker sealed her hat-trick – and her ninth goal of the season to level her up at the top of the golden boot ladder with Greenaway – after being put through one-on-one with the ‘keeper.

Low was named Townsville Women’s Premier League player-of-the season in 2007, 2016, when she won the golden boot, and in 2017.

She became a mother seven months ago after giving birth to a baby girl she named River.

The prolific forward has again found her flow this season – and said that being a mother is one of the few things she likes more than scoring goals.

Meanwhile, captain Brendan Anderson led a spirited fightback by Ingham men’s thirds side against Warriors.

Having gone two down and weathered a storm, ‘Ando’, as he is known to the boys, had time to play a quick one-two on the edge of the box after receiving the ball from a corner and then chipping the ball over the onrushing defenders and into the top corner, making it 2-1 at half-time.

Striker Jason Quabba scored his second penalty in as many games to level the scores at 2-2 just after half-time.

Warriors were rattled, and when they did get back on top, number 13 Brody Gangemi’s relief could not be missed.

He scored a rocket that nearly broke the net and went on to leap and whoop after each goal that followed as if he had just won the World Cup.

Ingham had been on top in spells but tired late on as the third division clash finished 7-2 to Warriors.

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