15 Girls | South Coast Flame 4-0 Mt Druitt Rangers
South Coast Flame’s last home game of the season saw them entertain Mt Druitt Rangers at Ian McLennan Park.
Flame started the game with composure and energy, moving the ball quickly and creating a number of good chances early on, especially in wide areas. Through this pressure, Caitlin Russell delivered a looping cross from the sideline which was misjudged by the Rangers goal keeper and found it’s way into the net.
Flame continued to press Mt Druitt into their own half, resulting in the opposition looking to attack on the counter. Any chances for the Rangers were cancelled out by good defending by Isabella Copolla and an agile Charlotte Palmisano in goals.
South Coast were still looking dangerous in transition and right before half time, another cross was misjudged by the Ranger goal keeper which saw Lauren Brooks finish into an open goal and give South Coast a two – nil lead at half time.
Flame did not let off in the second half and increased their intensity in defence and began to spread the play out when in possession. A superb through-ball by Bethany Horton put Georgia Manganas in on goal, only for the Mt Druitt defender to illegally take her out of play and a penalty was awarded. Caitlin Russell stepped up and calmly placed the ball into the side netting to give Flame a three nil lead with fifteen minutes to go.
This lead gave the coach the luxury to give goalkeeper Charlotte Palmisano a rare appearance on the field. Caitlin Russell and Charlotte swapping positions for the remainder 10 minutes of the match. With the seconds counting down, all the stars aligned. Alivia Beath, beat her defender on the edge of the box and whipped in a cross along the six yard line to find Palmisano on the back post un-marked, who smashed it home to send the bench and crowd into raptures and applause which was ultimately the last kick of the game. Flame – 4, Rangers – 0.
South Coast Flame showed their quality in this match and were relentless in their pressure and possession. Undefeated still heading into their last game of the season at a tough Camden Tigers next week.
Player of the Week | Caitlin Russell
Caitlin has been consistently training and playing at a high level week in, week out. She has been focusing on her positioning in between the lines and how she can effect the game in a positive way every game. Against Mt Druitt, Caitlin scored a ‘lucky’ goal from the side line, followed by a swiftly taken penalty. Her selfless gesture to take the goal keeper gloves and give Charlotte Palmisano time in the outfield is a true reflection of the great team mate and person she is.