Beckenham Angels end Meville’s unbeaten run with 3-2 win


The Beckenham Angels knocked off the previously undefeated Melville FC.
The Beckenham Angels knocked off the previously undefeated Melville FC.

BECKENHAM Angels inflicted the first defeat of the season on the previously undefeated Melville FC in the Women’s State Premier League team on a muddy Winthrop Reserve on Sunday, winning 3-2.

Melville was reduced to 10 players when an altercation between the Angels’ Katarina Jukic and Shannon Turner from Melville resulted in Jukic being shown a yellow card and Turner being shown a red and ejected from the game.

Beckenham were yet again dominant in possession through the midfield and scored from a shot by Jamie-Lee Gale late in the first half.

The Angels built on their lead with a cracking goal by Marianna Tabain early in the second half.

The cross bar was regularly rattled by the Angels but it was not until Gale scored after blocking a clearing kick from the Melville goalkeeper that they scored their third.

Despite being down a player, Melville continued to press the Angels whose back-line held firm and found a perfect outlet in defensive midfielder Ella Mastrantonio.

Late in the game, Melville scored a consolation goal after an excellent cross from Lucy Jarome was slotted home by Tia Stonehill for the home team.

Melville and Beckenham met across four leagues on Sunday with the Angels running out winners in the girls Under-13 division one, State Premier League reserves and State Premier League, and Melville taking out a win against the Angels in the metropolitan division one side.