After the first half of the 2021 Steeline Limestone Coast Football Association Senior women’s season, one team stands clear in a league of its own.
Since winning the Steeline Cup, Blue Lake United has gone from strength to strength and its purple patch shows no signs of slowing down.
No team has come close to overcoming the side coached by Sean Fulton and Tanya Frost and its latest success was one of the most ominous.
Blue Lake United met Gambier Centrals for the first time since the preseason cup decider and a repeat of the tight 4-2 at MGA Park was expected.
But the red and black dominated Saturday’s rematch at Blue Lake Sports Park from the outset.
The Lions could only resist Blue Lake United for a handful of minutes before Adele Wilkinson opened the floodgates with a clean strike from her right boot.
Just a handful of moments later Lauren Frost also scored after winning a footrace against two Centrals opponents.
By half time Blue Lake United held complete control with a 3-0 lead and continued on its merry way when play resumed.
Following Amber Lindquist’s clean strike, Chelsea Frost joined the party with a pair of goals to seal the dominant 5-0 victory.
Blue Lake United co-coach Fulton said the most pleasing aspect of the comprehensive performance was how the girls nailed their ball movement.
“Full credit has to go to my co-coach Tanya Frost because I was unavailable, so she took the reins as one of the most passionate playing coaches out there and we just put our game plan in place,” he said.
“The biggest thing was we were finally able to execute our passing game through the backline and get nice delivery to the forwards and they capitalized on their chances.” Fulton said the lessons learnt from the Steeline Cup final meant his team had a huge emphasis on applying constant pressure.
“They (Centrals) are a well-coached team with a good structure, so we worked on almost a full field press, so we could contain two thirds of the pitch,” he said.
“When we were not in possession we wanted to keep the pressure on and not give them an easy way out.
“So our biggest focus was holding our structure and positional play because Centrals are quite strong when they come down the wings, so we wanted to cut down on their angles.” The Rangers’ strikers have been unstoppable with Lauren Frost the competition’s leading scorer, but Fulton said the other end of the pitch has been even more impressive.
“We like to work the ball from one end of the field to the other and be patient with our build up,” he said.
“We do have some awesome fire-power, but our biggest strength is our backline.
“We have only conceded one goal so far in the premiership season because out backline is very organised with a nice mixture of experience.
“We even have one girl who has never played soccer before hold down the left back position which has been very important for us.” Despite conquering allcomers and playing with so much freedom so far in 2021, Fulton believes Blue Lake United is still far from the finished product.
He highlighted Inter, Centrals and Naracoorte as the nearest challengers and said the team will focus on nailing the one%ers and building an already positive culture.
“We just want to keep playing for each other and our biggest focus is always on the team,” Fulton said.
“The girls just play for each other and we are fortunate to swing players around through the mid-field and forward line.
“So we just want to keep improving on our possession and passing game and keep up the positivity on the pitch.” Around the grounds Inter sealed second position on the ladder with a tight win over Millicent.
Satu Aumo and Evany Rex scored two critical goals to get the jump on a valiant Millicent led by Letitia Izzo.
No one could find the killer blow in the Naracoorte v Apollo game, which finished as nil-all draw.