Footballers combine for 'exceptional' comeback win
FOOTBALL: It was the perfect comeback after a disappointing first loss of the season.
However, Ipswich City Bulls women's coach Ian Carson expects nothing less from his professional squad.
Carson was delighted with his team's defensive commitment and the attacking finesse of the Bulls who overpowered Holland Park 10-0 at Whites Hill Reserve on Sunday night.
The Women's Brisbane Premier League competition victory came a week after the Bulls lost 4-2 to Peninsula, following four wins and a draw against leaders Annerley.
"It was a good turnaround for us,'' Carson said. "They knew they let themselves down (against Peninsula) and a few things went against us.
"They bounced back really well and that just shows the quality.''
The Bulls only led 2-0 at halftime in their latest game.
But as they often do, the Bulls finished strongly to complete a convincing victory and hold second spot.
"We battled hard the first half. They put it to us,'' he said.
"The second half, we just had to be better than we were.
"We just excelled.
"It was one of the best halves of football we've played this season.''
Striker Lareena Meiklejohn was rewarded with four goals.
Captain Shani Wilton netted a hat-trick, Nikki Cox landed a double and Natasha Rid-ley scored her first goal in Premier League.
"All the girls' finishing was exceptional,'' the experienced coach said. "Well balanced, really good work goals.''
Carson said the goal by fullback Ridley into the top right hand corner was a "screamer''.
"She took the ball from her own half, ran down the wing and I don't know how she scored it,'' he said.
Ridley is one of Ipswich's most exciting football and futsal teenagers. She's played every game this season at left fullback, providing some dangerous attack.
"With her pace, she's got enough youth in her to get back when she needs to,'' Carson said.
"The back four were brilliant. They just controlled the game.''
Ipswich City's latest win improved on their first round 9-1 victory over Holland Park.
After this weekend off, the Bulls prepare for their opening round of the Elaine Watson Cup knockout competition.
The Bulls tackle Albany Creek at Wolter Park on May 9.
State of play
WBPL: Ipswich City 10 (Lareena Meiklejohn 4, Shani Wilton 3, Nikki Cox 2, Natasha Ridley 1) def Holland Park 0.