Ladies open with a smashing result
By Steve Gibbons Photo's by Sharon Cowley
The benefits of some active recruitment and a comprehensive pre-season program stood Sportspower Busselton City FC ladies side in good stead in their 6-0 Pioneer Cup win over Dynamos. Last season Dynamos were Busselton’s nemesis but Sunday’s game was one-way traffic for majority of the match. Talented winger Chelsea Braam opened the scoring from the penalty spot after just 7 minutes. After a 2 year absence star defender Asha McClurg has returned to the club and she put her side further ahead after capitalising on the space in midfield with a classy finish midway through the first spell. The locals continued to dominate with Eliza Sheehan commanding at centre back alongside the experienced duo of Ariana Longmore & Keeley Milner. Just after half time Braam received the ball then skilfully beat her opponent on the wing before firing in an early pass to player-coach Therese Charlton who drilled a low shot past the Dynamos keeper. Some slick combination passing saw Tui Clarke make the score 4-0 before striker Emily Killick added a fifth when she finished off a brilliant team build up. Veteran Charlton grabbed the last goal when she was on hand to tap it home a pin-point Killick cross. Keeper Ash Charlton was her usual accomplished self, whilst newcomers Georgia Burles, Claudia Duane and Jess Gordon all impressed. Busselton now face Reserve League champions Blackwood United on Sunday in Bunbury.
CMI Busselton City were defeated 2-0 by Perth side Queens Park in their FFA Cup second round fixture on Saturday. Despite creating multiple scoring opportunities Busselton at times lacked composure in front of goals. This allowed their opponents back into the game with a penalty and an own goal proving to be the difference in the end. Busselton City now has a tough mid-week Pioneer Cup game against Hay Park United as part of their preparations for the upcoming season.