Power of the Peninsular too hot for Flames
IT was a baptism of fire for the North Coast Flames in their opening match of the inaugural Women's Summer Soccer League against Peninsula Power at Tweed Heads on Saturday. The Flames conceded three goals in the opening 10 minutes before coming to grips with the pace of the Power game, eventually going down 4-0. Despite a two-year unbeaten run in friendlies, the Flames' inexperience in the heat of full competition was evident against a Power side that played a tough, physical game. "We were not up to the pace of the game early, but once we settled down there were some promising signs and we created some good chances," coach Brendan Logan said. Logan praised Teonie Rushton and Sophie Towner for their efforts in midfield, but the big loss has alerted the squad to the standard of competition they face. The Flames know they will need to lift for their first home game against Mt Gravatt in Lismore next Saturday.