Under 13 Girls – SWQ Thunder (0) v Sunshine Coast FC (0)
This week the Under 13 Girls came up against strong opposition in South West Thunder. Both teams were undefeated before they met and it was apparent from the start of the match this was going to be a close and hard fought game. The first half saw the Thunder girls come out strongly with some quality football. Their defence was well organised, strong and sturdy. It took the Fire at least 15 to 20 minutes to find their feet. To their credit, the Fire players dug in and some solid defending and goalkeeping ensured the teams went into half time locked together at Nil-Nil.
Some open and honest feedback by the coach (Tom) at half time and some well thought out comments by team members saw a very different Fire team take the field for the second half. The midfield players started to take hold and the opportunities started to come. There was still plenty of back and forth play and a number of great saves by the keepers of both teams as well as some last ditch defence by both teams ensured the scoreboard remained unchanged. The end to end play had spectators and coaches on the edge of their seats. A wonderful game to watch played in great spirits and refereed with real professionalism. Congratulations to both teams and all girls, coaches and officials.
Under 15 Girls – SWQ Thunder (4) v Sunshine Coast FC (8)
Only two minutes into the game Destiny Guteridge placed a good short pass through for Audrey Upston who scored Fire’s first goal. At seven minutes it was Teyl Danger who almost had a second goal set up from a penalty to the Fire U15 girls. SWQ Thunder took possession and Murphy Sheaf saved several attempts from the opposition. In the 19th minute SWQ Thunder scored in the top right corner despite Murphy incredibly getting a touch on the ball.
Over the next six minutes Emily Roach scored two more goals for the Fire team both off her left foot. Just before half time SWQ Thunder scored again, the score 3 – 2 at half time.
Three minutes into the second half Jackie Doyle stepped up with a beautiful goal to bring the score to 4 – 2. Three minutes later Jackie Doyle with no opposition in sight took the ball up and scored in the left corner of the goal. Score 5 – 2.
The Fire midfield worked hard and kept the ball in our possession and allowed the opportunity for Emily Roach to score her third goal once again in the right top corner of the goal. Score 6 –2. SWQ Thunder were not giving up and three minutes later after some scrabbling and rebounds in box area they scored their third goal. Score 6 – 3.
Teyl Danger had an opportunity from a free kick but the shot at goal went high, however Jackie Doyle brought the score up to 7 – 3 in the 59th minute of the game. Emily Roach scored the 8th goal for Fire three minutes later to bring the score to 8 – 3. SWQ Thunder still not giving up took the last goal of the game for a final score of 8-4.
Under 18 Boys – Sunshine Coast FC (1) v Brisbane Olympic FC (3)
Olympic started strong right from the whistle with a loose ball in the box resulting in the first shot on goal at the 2′ mark successfully saved by Fire Keeper Sam Porter
4′ mark saw Olympic receive a freekick and a resulting Yellow Card awarded against Fire Defender Edwards following a hard tackle from behind just outside of the box. The free kick was deflected wide by Porter
9’ mark and a driving attack down Olympic left wing was successfully averted following a sliding tackle from Dawson within the box
17′ and Olympic received the second Yellow Card of the game with a foul by Olympic GK Sprange on Fire Striker Festa as he drove headlong into the Olympic goal. Unfortunately the resultant penalty kick did not yield results with Sprange diving low to right side to save the goal
Fire played some great balls down the left side and with a corner threatening at the 21’ mark only to be saved by Olympic GK.
22′ and following a right cross two shots on goal within seconds were saved by Porter
28′ great team work from Fire saw Bath send a long ball intercepted by Olympic who cleared high. Page got a head to it and Festa took it for a run and shot on goal barely saved by Olympic.
34’ saw Olympic threaten again with shot flying just high of crossbar.
36’ Fire threatened with a through ball from Festa finding Page who was tackled by Olympic within the box.
42’ Great defense from Edwards saw an Olympic strike on goal successfully deflected
50’ Olympic receive a threatening free kick from just outside of their box that was successfully saved by Morrison.
56’ GOAL Olympic – 53-54’ saw Olympic go on the attack with several attacks close to goal successfully saved by the Fire defense. Unfortunately following a great goal saving slide tackle from Ward the loose ball was scooped up by Olympic with a snap shot to find first goal of the match.
71′ GOAL Fire A great cross from Huston in centre found Platz who broke clear of 2 defenders to go 1 v 1 against the keeper and finishing with a nice chip over his head and into the back of net.
75’ Olympic Yellow Card visitors’ received their 2nd yellow when a heavy tackle stopped another threatening assault by Festa down the wing
82′ & 83’ GOALS Olympic within minutes Olympic scored 2 goals both from headers. One fed from corner and the other from a neat cross
88′ Yellow Cards to Fire and Olympic saw yellow cards given to both Festa and Olympic Seeto following a heated exchange involving several players.