South Coast Flame had another perfect round in the Girls Conference League on Sunday at Ron Dine Stadium.
There were plenty of goals as well with 11 goals across the three matches.
U14 Girls | Camden Tigers 1 South Coast Flame 4
Flame started strong, keeping possession and using great one-touch combinations in the final third.
On seven minutes, Maddison Day took on her fullback down the right channel before sending in a cross to Ruby Milosevski who finished calmly past the goalkeeper.
The lead was short-lived, however, as a long ball from Camden was not dealt with by the South Coast backline.
The Tigers’ striker placing it past the oncoming goalkeeper to level the scores.
Just before half time, South Coast would regain the lead as Kaitlyn Elsner gained possession, danced her way around two defenders before shooting from outside the area.
A wicked deflection sending the goalkeeper the wrong way and giving Flame a 2-1 lead at half time.
As the second half began, it was the junior Isabella Elsner’s turn to take centre stage.
Elsner went past two defenders of the sideline before driving towards goal, her shot dipping over the stranded Tigers’ goalkeeper.
A superb run and finish from young Bella, showing technique and composure beyond her years. South Coast controlled the rest of the half, creating chances galore.
With five minutes remaining, Flame would make one of those chances count.
Abbey Haley playing a neat bounce pass off Maddison Day before shooting first time from 25 meters out.
The shot looping over the Camden keeper into the net.
A well-deserved win and another example of how this team is growing in confidence every week.
A special mention to Bella Elsner and Sophia Peterson who stepped up from the 13GSAP squad and had excellent games.
Player of the Week: Ruby Milosevski
Ruby is new to the South Coast Flame program and has been adapting well to the new environment.
She is a funny character at training, but when it comes to game day she is all business.
Against Camden Tigers, Ruby scored the first goal of the match and her link-up play caused all sorts of problems for the Tigers defence.
U15 Girls | Camden Tigers 2 South Coast Flame 4
In a lovely gesture from the hosts, the mothers of the players were called upon to walk onto the field with their daughters to celebrate the occasion.
Although the playing surface did well to hold up, it was quickly apparent that it was going to provide a challenge for both sides in the opening stages.
The Flame adapted and had the better of the chances in the opening exchanges.
This eventually resulted in Layla Pierags scoring her second long-range goal in as many weeks to make it 1-0 in the 17th minute.
This was the beginning of an entertaining 15 minutes that saw three goals.
Sam Shallcross doubled the South Coast lead thanks to a well-weighted pass in behind from Belen Collazo-Pazos.
Camden then pulled one back in a similar fashion to bring the score to 2-1.
Finally, Alivia Beath’s shot on target was parried in the direction of Shallcross who fired home to take the Flame into the interval 3-1 up.
The second half began as action-packed as the first finished.
It took only five minutes for the scoreboard to tick over once more as Shallcross found herself one-on-one with the Camden keeper and slotted into the bottom right corner to seal her hat-trick.
Although the Tigers refused to lay down and immediately pulled a goal back again.
After the dust settled, the Flame settled into a deep block and saw off the opposition to hold onto their two-goal advantage.
Player of the Week: Belen Collazo-Pazos
Belen was very impressive in her ability to link our midfield to the forwards.
She constantly found herself in positions, receiving on the half turn to face forward.
This resulted in two first-half assists and countless short-range completed passes.
In recent weeks, she has actively sought constructive feedback and implemented these new ideas into her game.
Well done Belen!
U17 Girls | Camden Tigers 2 South Coast Flame 3
South Coast were given a scare against Camden Tigers as they came from 2-0 down to win at Ron Dine Stadium on Mothers Day.
Camden started the stronger and controlled the open stages of the match.
10 minutes in, Flame were made to pay for their slow start as they gave away possession on the edge of the area.
The Camden striker, pivoting on the penalty spot and finishing from 12 yards out, in off the crossbar.
Two minutes later, a through ball broke the Flame backline, the resulting cross falling to the Camden forward who smashed it past Palmisano, leaving her no chance.
South Coast struggled to get back into the game and control meaningful possession.
The Camden press was intense as they were turning over possession too often and too easy. However, with three minutes remaining in the half, Flame were given a lifeline.
Lauren Brooks took on her defender down the right channel before putting in a cross that was deflected by a Tigers defender into her own goal. 2-1 down at half time.
South Coast came out in the second half with a point to prove and determination to set the record straight.
Less than two minutes in, Kellie McIntyre latched onto a loose ball, took one touch and struck from 25 meters out.
The shot hitting the back of the net before the goalkeeper could even react; a superb strike from distance to level the scores.
The momentum was with South Coast as they were awarded a penalty kick two minutes later after Lauren Brooks was taken out in the area.
Unfortunately, the Camden goalkeeper picking the right way and making the penalty save.
Flame would not have to wait too much longer for their third goal.
Six minutes later, McIntyre, this time turned provider as she delivered a cross from the right that found Piper Cowen on the back post who touched it past the oncoming Camden goalkeeper. Both sides had chances in the late stages of the game.
Charlotte Palmisano made two great saves, while Neave Keenan made critical goal-saving tackles in key moments.
Samantha Shallcross nearly put the result beyond doubt with a weaving run before setting up Lauren Brooks, but her shot hit the side netting.
Flame did hold on for a nerve-racking 3-2 win where they showed true character and determination coming back from two goals down.
Player of the Week: Neave Keenan
Neave is new to the South Coast Flame program and has been improving with every session and game.
She has adapted to new formation well and has shown she is confident in 1v1 defending scenarios. Against Camden Tigers, Neave made a number of critical tackles at key moments.
Well done Neave!