Jeanfield Swifts ran out 10-1 winners in their Emma Mitchell league encounter with Monifieth Galaxy. Stephanie Kydd had initially put the home side in front but a flurry of Jeanfield goals before half time, courtesy of Leah Fleming, Rachel Wolecki, and Casey Townsley, saw the visitors 3-1 up at the break. They maintained this momentum throughout the second half to score another seven goals, with Townsley bagging five in total to steal the headlines. Also on the score sheet for Jeanfield in the second period was Kara Mailer and both Fleming and Wolecki grabbed a second goal each for themselves to round off a great day’s work for the Perth side.
The game was played with reduced numbers as Monifieth Galaxy fielded 8 players and Jeanfield Swifts fielded 9. The away team controlled possession of the ball right from the start and looked to neatly pass their way through the Monifieth back line. Leah Fleming had a chance early on after some neat build up play, but she put her resulting shot wide of the post.
In the 9th minute Jeanfield Swifts were awarded a corner. The kick was delivered straight into the penalty area towards Sophie Morrison. The number 23 chested it down and fired a shot at goal but Monifieth Galaxy’s Alice Laird Macdonald was on hand to block the shot. The loose ball was then picked up by Stephanie Kydd who played took it away from the danger area.
A minute later Morrison had another chance to open the scoring. Rachel Wolecki played a great ball through to set up Morrison for the shot but her effort was dragged wide of the post.
13 minutes into the game Eve Barnett had an attempt at goal. The number 35 fired a shot straight at goal but the Monifieth goalkeeper, Jessica Giblin, was on hand to keep the ball out.
Shortly afterwards it was Townsley who went close as she made a great run down the right flank. She then looked aimed towards the far post with her effort but it drifted agonizingly wide of the post.
Three minutes later, in the game’s 20th minute, the game witnessed its first goal and it fell the way of Monifieth Galaxy. The girls in red broke down the end of the field in expert fashion. Stephanie Kydd was played through expertly by Michelle Cameron and found herself in a one on one situation with Megan Sidey, in goal for Jeanfield. Kydd then expertly looped her shot over the goalkeeper and into the net to put Monifieth in the lead, defying their numerical disadvantage.
After this setback Jeanfield Swifts found a renewed sense of urgency. Casey Townsley kicked this off after another superb run down the right hand side but, after looking threatening, she was denied by some excellent tracking and defending from Monifieth’s Leah Watson.
Seven minutes after falling behind Jeanfield Swifts finally scored their equalizing goal. Leah Fleming picked up the ball on the right hand side and made a run infield before unleashing a shot about 20 yards out from goal. The ball nestled in the bottom right hand corner to kick-start a fantastic turnaround.
Just a minute afterwards Jeanfield Swifts scored their second with their next attempt on goal. Rachel Wolecki was the scorer and she neatly fired her effort low into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Once again, Jeanfield Swifts’ next chance resulted in a goal, putting them 3-1 up just before half time. Casey Townsley scored the first, of what was to be a goal filled morning for her, with a neat finish into the roof of the Monifieth Galaxy net.
As the half time whistle went Jeanfield Swifts and shown how to finish a half in exemplary fashion.