By Lachlan Onions
GAMBIER CENTRALS 3 d MILLICENT UNITED 0
GAMBIER Centrals put in an impressive performance on Saturday to claim a three-goal win at home over Millicent United in Round 7 of Limestone Coast Women’s soccer.
Central went into the game with just 12 players but still put in a solid team performance to claim the win.
It was a strong game for Scarlet Creek who scored two goals for the Lions.
Kiah Connolly also chipped in with a goal for her side.
Centrals coach, Scott Dickson was pleased with the performance from Janaye Donaldson, who was “brilliant” in the first half.
He said he was happy to see his side get the clean sheet as well.
“A good result given the fact we drew with them first time around,” Dickson said.
“I was really happy we were able to get the three points.
“We pretty much controlled the game and I was happy we were able to turn the majority of our chances into goal-scoring opportunities.
“We went a more attacking formation, so we tried to move the ball quicker into the forward line and it worked well.”
Centrals take on Apollo in Round 8 in what is expected to be an exciting six-pointer as both sides head into the game on equal points.
“I would be happy with a point from Apollo,” Dickson said.
“They outplayed us last time and probably the scoreboard flattered us a bit, so we have a bit of work to do.
“We want to play finals but the top two teams are a bit ahead of us at the moment.
“So we are scrapping between Apollo and Millicent and where we are sitting at the moment, is probably where we deserve to be.
“I think if we have everyone on the day, we can take it up to anyone.
“The problem we have had, is getting consistent people on the park.”
INTERNATIONAL 4 d BLUE LAKE 0
In the highly-anticipated top of the table clash, International extended its perfect start to the season with a strong win at Malseed Park on Saturday.
Satu Aumo starred for Inter with a brace, while April hockey also found the back of the net.
The visitors also had a touch of good fortune when they scored thanks to an own goal from Blue Lake.
The win moves Inter nine points clear of Blue Lake at the top of the table although the Rangers have a game in hand.
Inter will look to claim its eighth win of the season when it travels to Millicent on the weekend.
APOLLO 8 d NARACOORTE 0
It was a dominant performance from Apollo at the Blue Lake Sports Park on Sunday as it stormed past the visitors.
The home side got off to the perfect start with four goals in the first half.
Daylia Daylia made an impact early with a brace before the break.
Deni Atkin and Paige Hastings both found the back of the net in the first half as well.
After a strong start, Apollo continued to assert its dominance in the second half.
Zoe Brooksby scored the home side’s fifth goal of the game with a long-strike into the bottom-left corner.
Daylia soon rounded out her hat-trick in the second half after she found herself on the end of a great through ball from the right wing to beat the keeper.
Charlotte Stafford made it seven for Apollo after she beat Naracoorte’s defenders with a nice piece of footwork to score amidst plenty of traffic in the box.
It was not long before Stafford added another when she made the most of a fortunate deflection to run in behind Naracoorte’s defence and score past the keeper in a one-on-one.
Rylee Kuchel had a chance to add Apollo’s ninth when she made an impressive run in the box but she hit the post moments before the final whistle was blown.
Naracoorte face a difficult task in its next game as it takes on Blue Lake on Saturday.