Quigley fires Eagles to maiden win

W-League recruit Racheal Quigley's hat-trick powers Boroondara to 4-1 win over Ashburton Women.

By Jason Turner (@jaseangelo)

Racheal Quigley?s hat-trick has guided Boroondara to its maiden Sportsmart WPL win after a comfortable 4-1 victory against Ashburton Women at Knox Regional Soccer Centre.

Quigley?s class and an Emma Hubbard goal proved the difference, despite Ashburton pulling one back before the break with Bonnie Barnes? corner being spilled into the net.

With both sides yet to register a win, a disappointing opening half from Ashburton played into the hands of the Boroondara, which had displayed some promise in its opening two games.

The Eagles swooped early on some nervous defending from Ashburton with W-League recruit Quigley latching onto a poor clearance and hitting a low crisp shot past Ingrid Philippe.

Quigley was a constant menace, finding space in behind Rhiannon Jacobs and the wider support from Ellen Turner and Greta Low.

Boroondara enjoyed much of the possession in its attacking third, while Ashburton looked sluggish trying to get forward.

Quigley?s second goal came a few minutes before the break, with Ashburton once again too slow to close her down, the former Casey Comet calmly slotting home from the edge of the penalty area.

Ashburton?s comeback hopes were given a bizarre boost on the eve of halftime after Anna Lanning spilled a regulation catch to fumble a Barnes corner into the net.

The goal seemed to energise Ashburton, looking more confident in possession as it started to push back the Eagles defence, with Melina Ayres proving a shining light for the visitors.

Nearly 15 minutes into the half, Ashburton had good claims for a penalty after an apparent handball, however, just as the referee did to an appeal from the hosts earlier, he waved them away.

Although it had improved, Ashburton didn?t test Boroondara?s defence. Inevitably, a loose clearance from Ashburton fell onto the head of Quigley, who looped a header past a static Philippe.

And when Hubbard smashed home from long range, the contest was over.

Boroondara assistant coach Manny Koutroulis said his side controlled the game and it was great reward after last week?s defeat to South Melbourne Women.

?I?ve got to congratulate the team coach Filipe Simao and his playing coach Alex Gummer for the work they did during the week,? Koutroulis said.

?The approach to this game and to the moments where we let ourselves down last week has been very, very good. It was a deserving victory.?

Koutroulis said hat-trick hero Quigley was an asset to the league.

?I still think it was a very good team performance but when you needed that little bit of quality you turn to a player like Racheal Quigley,? he said.

?She?s working very hard at the club. But she?s a real asset for Boroondara Eagles and Victorian football too.?

Ashburton coach Sinisa Cohadzic said the poor first half put his side on the back foot.

?Our first half was very poor today, from the start we just didn?t come to play. We were second to the ball, they were attacking and we didn?t attack the ball,? Cohadzic said.

He also contemplated the difficulty in competing with Boroondara?s W-League stars, Quigley and Alex Gummer.

?That just makes the difference. We can?t compete with teams like that, with W-League experience players. So we have to look for chances against weaker teams,? he said.

Boroondara has a State Knockout Cup match against Surf Coast on Wednesday night, with its next Sportsmart WPL fixture coming against Casey. Ashburton will host host reigning champion Sandringham in Round 4.


Boroondara Eagles 4 (Quigley 6? 37? 62?, Hubbard 77?) defeated Ashburton (Barnes 43?) at Knox Regional Football Centre (HT: 2-1)

Boroondara Eagles: 1. Anna LANNING, 3. Ally GAYFER, 11. Sophie LANDGREN, 9. Anna TOWNSEND, 10. Emma GROSS, 17. Emma HUBBARD, 19. Alex GUMMER, 4. Racheal QUIGLEY (25. Bindi BRYCE 69?),  22. Rhiannon JACOBS (18. Kim SHANNON), 34. Greta LOW, 8. Ellen TURNER.

Unused Subs: 13. Marie SMITH, Alex POCKLINGTON, 2. Matilda HUBBARD

Cautions: None

Ashburton Women: 1. Ingrid PHILIPPE, 8. Maria PATRIKIS, 11. Julia SKOWRONSKA, 21. Melina AYRES, 14. Christine PFEIFFER, 7. Jesse KOTSIKAS, 2. Nicole TUMBLETY, 6. Brittany THOMAS (15. Esther YONG 69?), 9. Peta LIPEC (12. Wendy LOPEZ 56?), 17. Paige EDWARDS (13. Abigail CUBBON 77?), 10. Bonnie BARNES

Unused Subs: 13. Corinne KEEFE, 14. Paula LOVELAND, 18. Rachel JARVIS

Cautions: None

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