Flames go out in a blaze of glory

The North Coast Flames season in the sun has been extinguished by the Sunshine Coast premier team Peninsula Power, who beat them 2-1 in the final of the Womens Summer Soccer League at Tumbulgum on Saturday.

The Flames took a long time to catch hold and a defensive lapse conceded the opening goal, with Power going to the break up 1-nil.

The Flames sprung up after the break and looked like consuming the Sunshine Coast girls with bright midfielder Sophie Towner laying on the equalising goal for striker Abigail Aladice, who tapped the ball past the advancing keeper into an empty net.

Glowing with confidence, the Flames burnt up the field, leaving the Powers defence ashen with annoyance, but they found it hard not to overcook their shots and squandered many a chance.

Sadly for the Flames the missed opportunities cost them and when the Power landed a free kick 10 minutes from full time their spectacular season fizzled out.

Despite the result I didnt leave the ground disappointed, said coach Crystal Gollan. It was a great match... Im proud of them.

She praised the performance of central defender Renae Cowan, midfielder Gypsy Hechtl and elusive striker Aladice, who created havoc amongst the Power defence at times.

Looking back on the series as a whole, Gollan nominated the midfield combination of Amanda Brett and Sophie Towner as the cornerstone to their success and amongst a host of promising players, young goalkeeper Georgia Spencer looks to have enormous potential.

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