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Feast and famine in women’s soccer

The goals rained in for West Panthers when they took on Celtic in Round 13 of the BHSA Women’s competition this last weekend, defeating them 13-1.

The match was a true contest in the first half, but West came home with a wet sail and dominated the final 30 minutes, getting in behind the Celtic defence time and time again to record yet another large victory.

Although it was another humiliating loss for Celtic’s women’s side, there were positives to be had with the team managing to field a competitive 10 players on the pitch for the first half and fielding a full squad in the second.

It was also a landmark for the green and white as they scored their very first goal of the season through striker Ellie Power, a moment celebrated wildly by the girls on the pitch.

Martin Thrift stood on the sidelines in place of coach Aaron Cunico for the Celtic women’s fixture and he told us he noticed a marked improvement and said the mental edge of having a full compliment of players certainly helped.

“It is hard as a player to get up for a match when you only have seven or eight players, but we started with 10 yesterday and I could tell the girls were giving it a red-hot go,” Mr Thrift told the Truth.

The focus for Celtic has now firmly switched to next season.

“There is only a couple of rounds left so we are just looking to build for next year and hopefully start pre-season with 13 or 14 girls ready to go,” Mr Thrift said.

For West, George Bugeja’s men consolidated their place at the top of the standings as they undeniably look like the team to beat in this year’s Women’s competition.

Jessica Cox dominated proceedings, slotting seven goals for the Panthers, and Rebecca Deer yet again pulled all the strings with her close control and first touch outstanding, and she helped herself to a goal, as did Jasmine Mitchell. Zoe Ferris had a tremendous game, scoring four.

“I was happy with their performance. I was a bit worried at the start because we had so many players missing yesterday. When we kicked off, we only had the bare 11,” West gaffer George Bugeja told the Truth.

West 13 (Jessica Cox 7, Zoe Ferris 4, Rebecca Deer 1, Jasmine Micthell 1)

Celtic 1 (Ellie Power)

St Joes and Alma faced off in the other fixture, with St Joes looking to gain some ground on the Mighty Goats prior to the final series beginning.

The status quo remained, however as the two sides played out a nail biting nil-nil draw, which means the table is unlikely to change in the final two rounds prior to the break before finals begin.

St Joes 0

Alma 0

BHSA WOMENS STANDINGS RD 13

TEAM MP W D L F A GD Pts
West 13 10 1 2 109 22 +87 31
Alma 13 8 2 3 60 25 +35 26
St Joes 13 6 1 6 53 25 +28 19
Celtic 13 0 0 13 1 151 -150 0

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