The North Coast Flames incinerated South Brisbane United 6-2 at Redcliffe on Saturday in a perfect lead-up match for the final of the Womens Summer Soccer League next weekend.
It took the Flames most of the first half to fire up against South Brisbane, but when Shani Lauf slipped through Souths firewall to score her first, the Flames suddenly found their form.
Amanda Brett was the next to score after leaping up to meet a corner from Gypsy Hechtl, then Abigail Aladice burnt a hole in Souths defence as the locals scored a third before half time.
South Brisbane tried a bit of back-burning by scoring early in the second half, but this only ignited the Flames further. Minutes later Rachel Davis poured petrol on the conflagration by floating a cross into the top corner for the North Coasts fourth.
Souths did their best to put out the blaze with a second goal but this just rekindled the Flames Shani Lauf, who headed home their fifth. But still the bushfire hadnt burnt out. In fact it wasnt until Gypsy Hechtl scored a penalty that the smouldering ruins of South Brisbane were saved from the scalding intensity of the country girls.
Amanda Brett and Sophie Towner fuelled the victory with solid displays in the central midfield, while Sophie Lauf and Rachel Davis where positively incandescent up front.
This weekend the Flames will play the final against Sunshine Coast side Peninsula Power.
Suns make it two
The North Coast Suns finished off their Summer Soccer Youth Development Series on a high note with a 2-1 win over the Sunshine Coast at ANZ Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.
Missing five regulars, the Suns sang a harmonious tune to post their win against a team that had flogged them 5-1 earlier in the year.
Broden Hirst scored early for the locals, putting a neat first time finish to a defence-splitting ball from Michael Kolovos.
Despite changing their usual shape to play Hirst as a lone striker, the Suns adapted well and doubled their lead after 25 minutes, when Jai Cinnamon pushed forward from midfield and showed great composure to beat the Sunshine Coasts keeper.
The Sunshine Coast set up a tense finish when they headed in a goal from a free kick with 15 minutes to go, but the Suns held on for a well deserved victory.
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