Strikers fly to the top after thumping Rockingham

George GoodwinSouth Western Times

The South West Strikers young guns shot their side to the top of the Promotion One women’s leaderboard at Rockingham’s flash Lark Hill Complex with an emphatic 5-0 whitewash.

The Strikers took control of the game early and only a lack of composure on the ball in the circle saw several early chances missed.

Forwards Georgina Dowd, Charlotte Massey and Sally Brown received plenty of the ball from busy midfielders Allyce Sewell, Meg Read, Jenna Gmeiner, Bronte Price and Emily Antonovich and like their previous match against YMCC the first goal came after 10 minutes.

Last season’s key goalsneak, Dowd, was first to score cutting through the circle and putting a crisp shot past Rockingham ‘keeper Roberta Walton and just five minutes later were on the scoreboard again after Anita Scott smashed home a short corner shot to take the Strikers into half-time 2-0 up.

The second half saw Strikers keep their composure in midfield to open up Rockingham’s defence.

Strikers backs Pia Kirk, Phoenix Green, Scott and Brooke Williamson strangled the Rockingham attacks and created several scoring opportunities.

Reward came from another penalty corner when Meg Read picked up a variation and nudged the ball into the goals for a 3-0 lead.

Read was involved in the next goal after a pinpoint pass connected with Allyce Sewell who tracked around keeper Walton and slipped the ball in for the Strikers’ fourth goal.

Talented teenager Charlotte Massey finished off a goal circle scramble late in the game to give Strikers their convincing 5-0 win.

The Strikers next face recently relegated Fremantle in Busselton on Sunday at 1.30pm.

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