South Coast Flame hosted Camden Tigers on Sunday at Ian McLennan Park in what proved to be a hard-fought set of matches with two draws and a defeat.
U14 Girls | South Coast Flame 0 Camden Tigers 0
South Coast Flame hoped to get back to winning ways against Camden Tigers after drawing their last two matches.
South Coast started slow and allowed Camden chances within the opening five minutes, Sophie Bailey coming to the rescue in the Flame goal.
On nine minutes, after a goalmouth scramble, Flame were awarded a penalty kick for handball.
Unfortunately, the side could not convert the penalty kick and scores remained 0-0.
South Coast struggled to really get a hold of the game for the rest of the half and went into halftime in a stalemate.
Looking to lift after the break, South Coast began the second half much better, controlling the ball in midfield which created chances for the forwards.
Maddilyn Hooten was first denied by a fantastic save from the Tigers goalkeeper, before minutes later putting the ball in the net, only to be called back for offside.
The remainder of the half ebbed and flowed, but ultimately ended 0-0, with neither team doing enough to deserve the points on the day.
Player of the Week: Sophie Bailey
Sophie is improving as a goalkeeper every week and putting in some very solid performances of late.
She is working hard on her positioning and her ability to play out from the back.
Against Camden Tigers, Sophie had very little to do, however, in the moments where she was called upon, she was confident and focused.
U15 Girls | South Coast Flame 1 Camden Tigers 1
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U17 Girls | South Coast Flame 0 Camden Tigers 1
South Coast Flame suffered their first loss of the GCL season with a hard-fought game at home to Camden Tigers.
Camden came out of the gates the stronger of the two sides, putting pressure on the Flame backline both in possession and on the counter-press.
On five minutes, a Camden corner kick was met by a Tigers player who volleyed home from inside six yards to give Camden an early lead.
Flame responded well as they pushed for the equaliser.
Kellie McIntyre was dominant in midfield and Emily Kostovski was winning loads of possession in her press.
South Coast saw a number of consecutive corners go close, only to be denied by last-ditch goal-line defending from the Camden players.
The first half was an arm wrestle with both teams showing spells of possession and both goalkeepers doing their part.
Charlotte Palmisano pushed one onto the crossbar and minutes before the end of the half, Hazel Atkins header narrowly missed the post.
South Coast went into the half 1-0 down.
Flame stepped it up a gear in the second half, controlling the half from the start but it was the under-15s connection that nearly brought South Coast level.
Alivia Beath and Sam Shallcross bouncing passes off each other until Sam Shallcross’ shot was pushed wide by the Camden goalkeeper.
Camden were still dangerous on the counter-attack as their pacey winger began to create chances down the left side.
Isabella Coppola was immense at the back as she shut down most Tigers counter-attacking opportunities.
With the game drawing to a close, Charlotte Palmisano kept her side in the game, touching another shot onto the crossbar, and punching the ball clear with five minutes remaining.
As the seconds ticked down, Flame had another set of consecutive corners and chances to bring the scores level.
Unfortunately, it was not to be, as Camden finished the game 1-0 winners, handing South Coast the first loss this season.
Player of the Week: Kellie McIntyre
Kellie McIntyre is the heartbeat of the Flame under-17s squad.
After having most of 2020 off due to a season-ending injury, Kellie has come back this year a determined character.
She has refined and improved her passing range and her intensity is hard to match.
Against Camden Tigers, Kellie had a true captains performance; resolute in defence, composed and confident in possession.