Phoenix run over Port Albany for cup triumph
Phoenix powered their way to their maiden premier cup glory, defeating Port Albany in the Great Southern Soccer Association women’s top tier final on Friday night.
Having knocked out reigning cup champs Denmark in a thrilling elimination final and defeated Polonia in the semifinals, Phoenix entered the decider full of confidence.
A four-goal second half helped Phoenix produce one of their best performances of the entire season, winning 5-0 at the final whistle.
Elise de Vos netted the first goal for Phoenix as her side took a 1-0 lead into half-time.
Second-half goals from Chelsea Roth, Emily Amoraal, Margreet Meijerink and Elaine van der Stoep ensured Phoenix would secure their first cup title.
Phoenix coach Mitchell Spaanderman praised his wings and forward line in the triumph.
“The game was won on the wings and pushing forward when we were on attack,” Spaanderman said.
“The way we play is always down the wings, then that switch into the centre.
“I have such a versatile front line and an awesome defence.
“Port Albany came out firing in the first half but we had the legs in the second half. I’m super proud of where we started the season to where we finished.”
Phoenix were best served by Emily Bosch, Meijerink and the ever dangerous Roth up front.
Port Albany coach Craig Williams said he was proud of his team’s performance.
“I was happy with how we played and felt confident about the second half but they exploited their size advantage,” he said.
“Some of our girls have super skills but are 15 years old and still quite light.
“It was a smart move on their behalf and despite our tough defence Phoenix over ran us.”
Standout twins Ellie and Daisy Senior were superb for Port Albany and captain Amber Williams provided constant drive in the cup defeat.
League champions Denmark managed to overcome a brave Mt Barker United team to win the women’s reserves cup final.
Denmark went through the league season without a loss next to their name but were challenged by a determined cup opponent.
A first half goal by Jessica Kinder secured a 1-0 win for Denmark as neither team scored in the second half.
Grammar Blue capped off their season by winning the women’s social cup over Polonia earlier on Friday night.
Grammar Blue led 3-2 at half time as Melissa Bell netted two goals for Polonia to keep her side in touch with Grammar.
Grammar powered away in the second half as they score three goals to run out 6-2 winners.
Chloe Layden scored three goals for the victors while Lola Sims added two.
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