Old Guildford are no match for Strikers’ young brigade

George GoodwinSouth Western Times

It was the South West Strikers’ young talent which led the team to a dominant 6-0 victory over Old Guildford in Perth on Saturday.

The Strikers took control early against the bottom side, forcing a penalty corner in the first minute but the shot for goal was deemed too high by the umpire.

However, it was not too long before the 6-0 shellacking would start, with a second penalty corner 10 minutes into the game converted by Pia Kirk after talented teenage forwards Georgina Dowd and Charlotte Massey outpaced Guildford’s defence to earn a penalty corner.

The Strikers were relentless in their pressure, moving the ball well and creating more goal-scoring opportunities.

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Youngster Maddie Fenwick capitalised on a circle opportunity to smash a high ball past the Guildford goalkeeper only a few minutes later and another penalty corner within the next 10 minutes saw a variation executed for Kirk to score her second goal.

The Strikers continued the pressure with the forwards combining well and five minutes before half-time Dowd created a strong build-up to slip a pass to Charlotte Massey who finished with a goal.

With the main break looming, the Strikers kept up the pressure, creating a right side build-up with Dowd again involved, this time feeding Emily Antonovich to slot her goal to give the Strikers a 5-0 half-time lead.

The Strikers continued to dominate the exchanges and remain in control of the game and 10 minutes into the second period, Dowd was scored after a pass from captain Jenna Gmeiner. With the Old Guildford defenders tightening their play, the Strikers were unable to add to the score.

This weekend the Strikers return to Perth to take on Fremantle.

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