The Eagles have landed … themselves into the finals that is, as the first of many semi finals for the club’s 2017 season kicked off on Wednesday night in Nerang.
Unleashing a barrage of goal scoring moments, the Nerang Metro Women’s side were never going to be toppled despite the best efforts of their Tweed Heads opponents.
The dominant 7 to nil performance demonstrated the wealth of experience the Nerang side has, with most of the women having played for many years together as Eagles and elsewhere.
A vocal crowd on the clubhouse terrace certainly let it be known loud and clear on the night just which team was climbing up the scoreboard, cheering and chanting at every instance the ball came near the Tweed Heads goal mouth or hit the back of their net.
Eagles strikers Phillippa Mengel along with Jennifer Crosbie were dominant up front, each unlucky not to earn hat tricks with multiple shots on goal and attacking plays.
One of the highlights of the night was a cracking second-half shot from Skye Stone who was playing down the right side. Hitting the ball with skillful precision, it went soaring past the keeper to find the top corner of the goal on the near post, sending the crowd into overdrive.
The team maintained the bulk of the possession throughout the game and moved the ball exceptionally well.
Coach and veteran Eagles icon, Fred Stone, praised the girls for their win and was pleased at how well the team performed throughout the year.
“Great performance from the girls, they came out of the blocks fired up and ready to go, and they played the best soccer they’ve played all year … excellent soccer” said Stone.
The coach went on to attribute the success to the longevity and long history of the team at Nerang saying, “these girls have been playing at the club since I started coaching them in 1991, so they’ve got a lot of experience and talent.”
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’ve got the talent and the skill, you know what to do and you put it together … they were great goals tonight,” he added.
The 7 nil win over Tweed sends the girls into the second semi final next Wednesday where, if they beat Southport, they earn a grand final place.
“I honestly think we will beat Southport … there’s only been a goal in every game this year and they’ve been playing Premier League Reserve players against us all year – whenever they play us – because they are worried about us, but they can’t play those girls now so I think they’re going to struggle,” said Stone.
23.08.2017 Goal scorers versus Tweed Heads
Jennifer Crosbie – 2
Phillippa Mengel – 2
Melissa Bodley – 1
Stephanie Tierney – 1
Skye Stone – 1
The Nerang Eagles Metro Women’s team have their preliminary final second semi next Wednesday night (30th August) at Southport Soccer Club,versus Southport.
Kick off is 6:15pm.
THIS WEEKEND’S FINALS GAMES