In a dominant display the North Coast Flames sealed their place in the final of the Womens Summer Soccer League with a 4-nil win over East Brisbane at Brisbanes Heath Park on Saturday night.
After a scoreless first half against the Brisbane side, the Flames sparked up in the second term, consuming their opponents as their luminous midfielder Jenna Gollan brought the game alight. Gollans deft touch and accurate passing game set strikers Teoni Rushton and Abigail Aladice (2) free and they took their chances in a crisp, business-like fashion. Sophie Towner also found the back of the net, but despite the win, coach Crystal Gollan wasnt overly impressed.
The girls played some great soccer in the second half, but if were going to go all the way and win this competition we need to maintain our intensity for the full 90 minutes, she said.
Gollan praised keeper Georgia Spencer for her crucial first half saves.
The Flames will line-up against Peninsular Power in the decider in a fortnight.
Suns go down
Playing with only 10 men for the majority of the match, the Suns put in a desperate effort against the Gold Coast in the Summer Soccer Youth Development Series at Burleigh on Saturday, eventually going down 3-1. After two early goals the teams were locked at 1-all when the Suns captain Joel Rudgley was given his marching orders for stomping on an opponents chest. The incident marred an otherwise entertaining encounter which was played at a furious pace.
Coach Howard Stubbs was full of praise for the Suns gutsy performance, saying It was one of the best games Ive ever been associated with. The boys played their hearts out with just 10 men.
The Suns will play their last game of the series at ANZ Stadium in Brisbane next week when they take on the Sunshine Coast.
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