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Goal scorer: Rovers women's Keely Osbourne, 14, in her record-breaking turnout against Otago Uni B last weekend. PICTURE: FOOTBALL SOUTH

By MATTHEW MCKEW

A sensational record-breaking hat-trick from a 14-year-old girl saw Queenstown Rovers women steamroll a university side in Dunedin last weekend.

The senior women’s team has been riding high this year, in spite of fielding six players under the age of 16, and sit fourth in the Women’s Southern Premiership.

One of those was last Saturday’s star of the show, Keely Osbourne, who became the
youngest ever Queenstown player to bag three goals in one match for a senior team.

Manager Mark Ford says Keely’s benefiting from the experience of fellow forward and former Junior Fern Lauren Murray, who found Keely in space to create the opening goal in the tenth minute against Otago Uni B.

‘‘Keely calmly slotted the ball home, around the advancing keeper and into the far corner — a feat she repeated in the thirty-fifth minute to send Rovers in 2-0 at the half.’’

The rights to the match ball were won on the hour mark, as the youngster proved too hot
to handle for the older opposition.

‘‘She latched on to a through ball and smashed the ball into the corner of the net to complete her hat-trick,’’ Ford says.

Stef White and team captain Claire Jones then combined well to create Rovers’ fourth, with Murray supplying the finish.

Ford: ‘‘We are very proud of all of our young players and their continued development is testament to the support, encouragement and knowledge they receive from playing with and alongside the other experienced ladies in the team.

‘‘However, this one was very much Keely’s day and her composure and finishing were outstanding.’’

matthew.mckew@scene.co.nz