O’Neill Memorial Park was a hive of activity this past Sunday, as the women’s Broken Hill Soccer Association competition kicked off with Celtic taking on West and St Joes clashing with Alma.
CELTIC 0-15 WEST
Goalscorers: Too many to track
Although there was a marked improvement from the men’s squad down at Celtic, the same could not be said for their women’s side as West ran rampant, finding the back of the net an incredible 15 times.
George Bugeja, the women’s senior coach, was delighted.
“The girls played very well. They played as a team. The first 20 minutes, particularly, was really good. We were knocking the ball around and scoring goals.”
He did add a word of caution for his side though. “If they think it is going to be that easy throughout the rest of the season, they are in for a shock.”
Celtic women’s senior coach Aaron Cunico said his side’s season wont be judged on wins and losses, but effort instead.
“I always say to them, the scoreline means nothing to me and it shouldn’t mean anything to them. As long as they go out and have fun, have a laugh, that’s all I care about for them.”
ALMA 1-0 ST JOES
Goalscorer: Tayla Hoysted (Alma)
Alma picked up what might turn out to be an important victory in the season, after they picked up three points in a tightly contested affair.
The goal that settled the match was an absolute screamer as Tayla Hoysted burst out from defence to settle the match emphatically.
Alma coach Codey Ralph was pleased with the victory but said it is a work in progress.
“In the first half we were a bit rough. Players weren’t really gelling together, playing a bit of aerial ping pong. Kicking it around without taking a touch.”
“In the second half we had a bit more composure and the goal was just magic. That kind of goal just doesn’t come around all the time.”
BHSA WOMENS STANDINGS RD 1
This Sunday, West look to continue their early stranglehold on the competition when they take on St Joes, while Alma will look to pick up yet another victory against a Celtic side that will be desperate to bounce back after the hiding they suffered in round one.