TOP TEAM: The Ipswich Knights team crowned premiers in the Brisbane Women’s Premier League this season.
TOP TEAM: The Ipswich Knights team crowned premiers in the Brisbane Women’s Premier League this season. CONTRIBUTED

Champion Knights focus on finals

THE Ipswich Knights are premiers of the Brisbane Women's Premier League competition after beating UQ 7-0 in their latest match.

The Knights achieved the club milestone at Eric Evans Oval over the weekend.

It's the first time in four years that a side has been able to secure the title in the division from powerhouse women's opponents Eastern Suburbs.

"The final score belied the effort from the UQ side who started the game well and came close to scoring in the first 15 minutes but for a spectacular save from Knights goalkeeper Tori-lee Jackson,'' coach Paul McCulloch said.

Continued Knights pressure was rewarded when a Gabby Hein cross was turned into the goal by a UQ defender.

Shortly afterwards Hannah Bianchi scored what may be the Football Brisbane goal of the month with a blistering run to the edge of the goal area and a spectacular shot that sailed into the roof of the net.

The second half was all Knights and they were quick to score with a great team goal which was finished well by Lailey Hunt.

Hein put the game out of reach with a solo effort shortly after.

However, with 20 minutes to go, the Knights were hungry for more.

Sheridan McCulloch was rewarded for a tireless performance with two goals in 10 minutes and Hunt finished things off with her second goal for the night.

McCulloch was pleased with the performance.

"We had great support, we played well and have been rewarded for being consistent all season,'' he said.

"The girls will remember tonight for a long time, but now we have to refocus on the finals that are only a few weeks away. ''

The Knights will have a home semi-final on August 30.

They will also represent Football Brisbane in the inaugural Champion of Champions competition at season's end.



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