MONBULK has ended Ballarat Lady Devils’ Football Federation Victoria women’s state league one season in a penalty shoot-out.
The Blockbuster Lady Devils and Monbulk were locked at 1-all at full-time and again after extra time.
Monbulk then sealed Ballarat’s fate 3-1 from the spot.
The Lady Devils took the lead late in the first half when Hannah Kozaris back healed the ball to Jasmine Emselle, who whipped in a cross and Lulu Al-Hunedi headed the ball home.
Monbulk equalised midway through the second half when the Ballarat defence failed to clear its line and goalkeeper Jasmina Zdelar was not only beaten, but also injured as she attempted to make the save.
Olivia Ortiz was forced to step in as keep.
Fortunately she had played a number of games in goals for the Lady Devils’ development squad this season without conceding.
With the scores level after 90 minutes the game went into extra time but neither team could break the deadlock.
The Devils had the majority of the attacking play, but could not find the breakthrough they needed.
Emily Bickerton stood out in defence.
She attacked impressively and waS ably assisted by the consistent Holly Williamson.
Lucy Flynn was introduced to the game early and offered pace and aggression in the forward line.
While disappointment remains over the failure to win promotion and now this loss, the Lady Devils can take plenty of positives out of the season.
In particular, Ballarat has been able to develop many youngsters in the knowledge they will be losing Leah Wright, who is moving to Sydney, and Miff Jennings, who will attend Monash University next year.
There will also be players who have to decide whether they can balance the commitment of playing with year 12 studies.