TWO hat-tricks in as many games from captain Kirrily Low helped Ingham score 11 goals without conceding to bounce back emphatically from their first defeat of the season.
The Shewolves suffered a 2-1 loss to MA Olympic in round 12 of North Queensland’s reserve league for women and coach Rodney Fascetti had called on his team to respond – how they answered the call.
Low first hit the corner for the league leaders that Jade Nucifora headed in before slotting three herself as Ingham won 4-0 away at Burdekin.
JCU Saints were next in-line for a thumping, with Low again scoring three, Akema Greenaway grabbing a brace and Aimee Godfrey and Nucifora notching one each in Ingham’s 7-0 win.
The icing on the cake was Brothers’ 2-0 loss away to MA Olympic, who have had a sensational week, beating the two teams above them on the ladder.
Olympic now leapfrog Brothers into second and are six points behind Ingham who have 36 points, with Brothers sitting in third on 25 points having played two games less.
Fascetti had called out his players after their defeat, saying only three or four had been showing up at training.
The defeat proved they are not invincible, he said, and a flurry of players were back at their midweek preparation sessions – with explosive results.
Ingham welcomed Randall Perakovic back against Burdekin from a three-match suspension – reduced from five on appeal – for her red card in a 2-1 win over Brothers.
The centre-back is an assured presence in the back-line and was solid as a rock throughout.
Our girls dominated that match from the first minute, with Sarah Fascetti’s overlapping runs and whipped crosses causing nightmares for the Burdekin defence.
Nucifora slammed in a header from Low’s cross in the eighth minute before the ‘Low Show’ saw our captain score in the 31’, 39’ and 82’ minutes.
The explosive forward supplied the cross for Nucifora to again score with her head in the 3’ minute against JCU before firing in the 27’, 69’ and 75’ minutes.
Akema Greenaway was back among the goals after missing the Olympic defeat, scoring in the 34’ and 77’ minutes with Godfrey hitting the onion bag on 46’.
Striker Low is top of the golden boot ladder having scored 23 with Akema in second on 15 and Olympic’s Emma Lovelady in third on 13 goals.
There is an opportunity to see the league leaders at Augie Pane Field tonight when they play Estates, with the match kicking off at 7.30 pm.
Ingham’s premier league men’s side lost 3-1 away at Warriors while the reserves lost 4-0 against the same opponents.
Our third side have their first points of the season on the board having been awarded a 3-0 victory over Brothers, with the Townsville side forfeiting the match having not been able to field a side.
They went close to making it six points from six as Jason Quabba gave Ingham a 1-nil second-half lead but two late goals saw the game turned on its head, with home side Wulguru winning 2-1 in what coach Brendon Andersen described as his side’s best 90 minutes of the season.