After a BYE last weekend South Coast Flame played host to Mount Druitt Town Rangers at Ian McLennan Park on Sunday.
It was a clean sweep for the girls with three wins from three.
U14 Girls | South Coast Flame 2 Mount Druitt Town Rangers 0
South Coast started well and were rewarded on five minutes when Madelaine Steel’s shot from outside the area, left the goalkeeper no chance.
Flame continued to dominate possession and were creating good chances through Maddison Day and Indiana Garvan.
Mt Druitt resorted to some long-ball counter attacks, but the Flame defence held strong. An excellent save from Sophie Bailey and a last-ditch tackle by Lola Garcia made sure Flame went into the half in front.
The second half started much like the first. South Coast having the bulk of possession and Madelaine Steel getting her second goal of the match, again from the edge of the penalty area.
Steel latching onto a loose ball clearance from the Rangers defence, hitting it first time and beating the goalkeeper on her far post.
The remainder of the match saw Flame defend the counter-attack well and create some good chances, just the final touch was missing. Ruby Milosevski was instrumental up front, linking the play and pressing the opposition.
The game ending 2-0 and a well-deserved win. Special Mention to the GSAP players who stepped up this week. Amalia Harb getting her first GCL experience and Bella Elsner putting on a show in midfield.
Player of the Week: Madelaine Steel
Each game, Madelaine tends to shine in a different aspect of her game. She has shown she is tenacious in defence and has the ability to play the killer pass that breaks defensive lines. Against Mt Druitt, Madelaine showed her long-range shooting as she scored two superb goals from beyond the penalty area.
U15 Girls | South Coast Flame 2 Mount Druitt Town Rangers 1
South Coast looked to continue their improving run of form with a strong performance against Mt Druitt Rangers at Ian McLennan Park.
Flame controlled the first half, moving the ball side to side and creating some excellent chances in the half-space channels.
On five minutes, Jessica Lewellin played Alivia Beath in behind the Rangers’ defence who finished across the goalkeeper into the far left corner, giving Flame a 1-0 lead.
South Coast were looking comfortable in possession and composed at the back with Rangers looking for the long-ball into the channel as their form of attack. Samantha Shallcross was looking dangerous in midfield as she linked up play and made darting runs beyond the Rangers’ defensive line.
On 29 minutes, a clever sequence of play down the right side, saw the ball fall to Layla Pierags who took aim from 30 meters out.
Her shot looping over the Rangers goalkeeper and into the net. A fantastic effort from range and a well-deserved 2-0 lead going into half time.
Mt Druitt came out in the second half with a newfound intensity, putting South Coast under pressure for the opening 10 minutes of the half.
A chipped ball over the Flame defence saw the Rangers striker in on goal who finished past the oncoming goalkeeper. 2-1 South Coast were made to work hard for the remainder of the match with Mount Druitt creating numerous chances on the counter-attack.
Ciara Wade making two sharp saves late in the match confirmed the 3 points for South Coast. A strong tactical first-half display followed by a hard-fought, resilient second half showed the leaps and bounds this team is taking each week.
Well done girls!
Player of the Week: Layla Pierags
Layla put in a great performance against Mt Druitt Rangers, showing determination and composure. She performed her player tasks well in key moments and stepped up when the game was in the balance. Well done Layla!
U17 Girls | South Coast Flame 4 Mount Druitt Town Rangers 0
South Coast were dominant in the opening minutes of the match and took the lead in the fourth minute.
Emily Kostovski received possession 25 meters out, took one touch and unleashed a looping shot that left the goalkeeper stranded.
Flame continued to ask questions of the Rangers defence. Lauren Brooks weaved her way through five players before being denied by an excellent save from the Rangers’ keeper.
South Coast did double their advantage after a Rangers ‘handball inside the area.
Hazel Atkins stepped up and calmly converted the penalty kick to give Flame a 2-0 lead.
The half finished in a rather unfortunate fashion with an ambulance being required to attend a Mount Druitt player who suffered a significant leg injury.
South Coast started the second half where they left off in the first as they controlled possession and picked holes in the Rangers backline.
On 48 minutes, Emily Kostovski turned provider as she put young Alivia Beath in on goal.
Alivia showed fantastic composure as she rounded the goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net.
3-0 As the game was coming to a close, Piper Cowan was determined to get herself in on the action.
She picked up the ball 40 meters out from goal, took on two defenders before finishing past the goalkeeper on her near post.
A superb run and finish which put the cherry on top of another three points and Flame’s best performance this season.
Finally, our thoughts are with the young girl from Mount Druitt Town Rangers who was taken by ambulance during the game. We wish you a speedy recovery.
Player of the Week: Emily Kostovski
Emily has had a fantastic start to the season, scoring four goals in three games from midfield. Her movement with the ball leaves defenders on the ground and her range of passing is improving with every game. Against Mt Druitt, Emily took control of the game from the first whistle and dictated play going forward, scoring a goal and assisting another.