It was a very cool, windy evening at Ian Mclennan Park as the South Coast Flame Women’s side welcomed Shellharbour in an intriguing contest between two very young squads.
It was a cagey first 10 minutes but what followed was a flurry of attacks that saw four goals scored in the space of nine minutes.
The first came when Jess Cruickshank rose highest to meet a Brooke Love corner and find the net.
Shellharbour then equalised through a first-time finish on the right-hand side of the box.
In the 17th minute, Shellharbour turned it around with their forward beating two players on a mazy run and fired into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the area.
The lead lasted mere seconds though, as Caitlin Russell flicked the ball around the corner to find Sariah Wilson in front of goal who made no mistake finding the corner.
After this 10 minutes of madness, the game began to settle and neither side really took control.
At the break, the scores were level 2-2.
The second half saw a much more assured approach from the Flame as they looked to shift the ball side to move the opposition.
Some success was had breaking the lines and pressing high but as legs began to fatigue, both sides became more desperate in their attempts and played much more direct.
It was Shellharbour that found the goal on 84 minutes, forward movement from the right-hand side stretched the field and a neat first touch took the Shellharbour player beyond the Flame backline and finished into the bottom right-hand corner to claim a 3-2 victory.
Player of the Week: Sage Dixon
Sage has been steadily improving through the season and capped this with her best display in goals for the Flame to date.
Sage is beginning to understand her role in the team’s ability to play out from the back and her positioning has shown great improvements.
Well done Sage!