South Coast Flame travelled to face Mount Druitt Town Rangers in round 10 of the Girls Conference League.
It was another strong performance across the board with two wins and a draw.
U14 Girls | Mount Druitt Town Rangers 1 South Coast Flame 1
After the BYE round, South Coast were eager to get back on the field as they faced a Mount Druitt Rangers side on a bitterly cold Sunday morning.
With an emphasis on combination play in wide areas over the last two weeks, Flame looked to execute this in their game plan.
It took only six minutes for them to be successful with this.
A first-time pass around the corner from Ruby Milosevski sent Indianna Garvan in behind the Rangers defensive line.
Milosevski following up her pass with a run towards the penalty spot, Indianna Garvan finding her with a cross for a tap in.
It was wave after wave of Flame attack after the goal, however, the clinical touch in front of goal was missing.
As Flame pushed players forward, against the run of play, Mount Druitt won possession in midfield and played a ball that split the two Flame centre backs.
The Rangers striker running through on goal and finishing in the bottom corner on 18 minutes to level the scores.
More chances presented themselves before the break for South Coast, but to no avail.
Teams went into the half 1-1.
Emphasis was to stick to the game plan in the second half and to increase the intensity in the final third.
Lola Garcia was creating good chances down the right channel, linking up well and performing overlapping runs into the penalty area.
Garcia’s crosses lead to Indianna Garvan going close with 10 minutes remaining and soon after, a Maddison Day’s shot was stopped by the Rangers goalkeeper. As the clock ticked down, Rangers had 11 players behind the ball defending their penalty area.
South Coast were unable to break them down and the game finished as a 1-1 draw.
Player of the Week: Lola Garcia
Lola is a character on and off the field who brings energy and intensity to every training session and game day.
Against Mount Druitt Rangers, Lola was sensational down the right channel; creating overlapping opportunities, delivering dangerous crosses and always getting back and performing her defensive duties.
U15 Girls | Mount Druitt Town Rangers 0 South Coast Flame 3
The Flame girls got back to winning ways with a dominant 3-0 win on a frosty morning at Poppondetta Park.
The South Coast had a lot of success maintaining possession throughout the game and Mt Druitt were limited to sporadic chances on the counter-attack.
Despite the dominance, the Rangers defence held firm and it wasn’t until the 34th minute, on the stroke of half time that Mackenzie Webb found herself battling for the ball in the box, before stroking home with her left foot to take the girls into the break one goal to the good.
The second half saw a more conservative approach from the Flame as they attempted to draw the Rangers out of their deep block to chase the game.
The patient approach worked as 15 minutes into the half. Alivia Beath showed her attacking nous to knock the ball around her defender and finish into the side netting to make the score 2-0.
The girls capped off their professional performance with the best goal of the game. Jess Llewellin was at the heart of the move as she played a one-two with Belen Collazo-Pazos followed by a one-two with Beath before finding Beath once more with a first-time pass.
Beath rolled the ball across the penalty spot to Leila Maddox who finished the move off to ensure the South Coast Flame travelled home with the points.
Player of the Week: Alessia Disiblio
Alessia had a strong week at training identifying times in which she can progress into midfield.
On game day she was a key tactical piece to the puzzle as her movement and combination play would eventually be the reason that Mount Druitt had to spread their defence so thin.
A very unselfish, strong performance by an improving player. Well done Alessia!
U17 Girls | Mount Druitt Town Rangers 0 South Coast Flame 7
Top of the table South Coast Flame travelled to struggling Mount Druitt Rangers, with Flame hoping to get back to winning ways after a draw last time out.
Flame set out to be very attacking and get as many players into the final third as possible.
On eight minutes, Bethany Horton found herself on the end of a cross from the right, she cut back onto her right foot and shot down to the keepers right, beating her on the near post.
The remainder of the first half was a frustrating one for South Coast with a plethora of chances going missing due to poor decision making and lack of composure in the penalty area.
It wasn’t until the final 20 seconds of the half that Flame got their second of the match.
Piper Cowen latching onto a loose ball in the box, making no mistake and smashing it past the Rangers goalkeeper.
Flame up 2-0 at the break.
Emphasis to increase the tempo in the final third and composure around the penalty area saw Flame dominate the ball in the second half.
Lauren Brooks slotted past the oncoming keeper three minutes into the half to make it 3-0.
Piper Cowen then turned her defender inside out inside the penalty area and finished with ease to make it 4-0 with half an hour still to play.
On 62 minutes, under-15s player, Alivia Beath found herself in a one-on-one in the box, scoring from a very acute angle that took everyone by surprise.
Almost directly from the restart, Lauren Brooks broke through and finished calmly in another one-on-one to make it 6-0.
To put the cherry on top of the cake, a creative set-piece corner from Hazel Atkins and Kellie McIntyre resulted in McIntyre shooting from the edge of the area.
Her shot beating the goalkeeper on the near post for Flame’s seventh of the match.
Flame had four more chances saved by the Rangers shot-stopper in the final 10 minutes as South Coast ran away comfortable winners.
Player of the Week: Hazel Atkins
Hazel is new to the Flame this year and has quickly become an integral part of our ever-changing system.
Her technical ability and positional awareness in the false-nine position links up play and creates numerous chances for her teammates.
Against Mt Druitt Rangers, Hazel was on another level to those around her. Her one-touch passing and improvisation around the penalty area lead to three assists and she was unlucky not to grab a couple of goals herself.