Harrie Denning Centre, Kareela played host to this season’s Women’s All Stars match between Sutherland Shire Football Association (SSFA) and Football South Coast (FSC) on Sunday 4 March 2018. This match was the second year of the SSFA v FSC female All Stars and helped celebrate the start of Female Football Week.
The game started with both teams taking time to work themselves into the contest. The conditions and the length of the grass on the pitch impacted on the quick passing game plan that the teams wanted to execute and was tiring on the legs of the girls. It didn’t take too long for the first chance of the game with an early corner for the FSC All Stars finding the head of their midfielder who rose high, but could not direct the ball on target.
Sutherland soon began to get a foothold in the game with some good passing through the middle saw a shot from outside the box turned past the post by All Stars goalkeeper. The ensuing corner was easily cleared by the defence and the danger was averted.
The even half then saw some entertaining football with good mid field build up, plenty of switches of play, some nice line breaks and enough shots on goals to keep the goalkeepers occupied. As the half drew to a close, the FSC backline had to stay alert as Sutherland were dangerous on the counter, creating a few more chances that were to no avail in the end. The entertaining half ended with no goals and both teams creating opportunities.
The half time break was not kind to Sutherland with FSC scoring a goal, due to relentless pressure, just after three minutes into the second half. All Stars 1, Sutherland 0. Not long after the re-start, FSC again applied the pressure, but Miletich (the Sutherland Goal Keeper) again made another great save, keeping her team in the game.
Sutherland made a few changes and these seemed to spark a revival as some sustained possession began to stretch the FSC defence. Sutherland managed a number of chances, including a quick breakaway, but unfortunately the FSC defence and Keeper were up to the task and our opportunities came to nought – including a thumping shot from outside the box just missing the post.
With time running out and players tiring, Sutherland continued to push for an equaliser and the game became end to end. Quick counter attacks from both teams were saved by scrambling defences at both ends of the park.
With the full time whistle came a win for the FSC All Stars team – evening up the win to Sutherland from 2017. The game was testament to both teams and shows that women’s football is strong in the South!