Calder United SC has claimed a hat-trick of knockout cup victories by winning the 2019 Nike F.C Cup final against a gallant Box Hill United SC.
Led by a best-on-field performance by Captain Emma Robers, the 2-0 victory cemented Calder as the NPLW and knockout cup powerhouse.
The champions got off to the best possible start in the first minute when leading scorer Catherine Zimmerman latched on to a long ball, sliding it past Box Hill keeper Bethany Mason-Jones.
Calder continued to have the better of things, as Angela Beard clipped the crossbar from 18 yards. But Box Hill’s Elaina Vatcky could have equalised prior to half time, only to sky the ball from inside the attacking six-yard box.
After the break, Calder continued to press its advantage and double the lead on 52 minutes. Aleksandra Sinclair squeezed the ball into the net, leaving the valiant Mason-Jones beaten for a second time.
Indeed Mason-Jones had a fantastic game, thwarting numerous Calder attempts to go further in front. At game’s end, skipper Robers claimed the Theresa Deas medal to cap a fine day for her and the club overall.
Box Hill can be very proud of its efforts to get to the 2019 final, falling again at the final hurdle to powerful Calder for the second time in as many years.
Nike F.C. Cup Final
Calder United SC 2 d Box Hill United SC 0
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