When writing a match report for a game where your team wins 27-0, it’s hard to give full credit without writing a 12 page epic.
The key thing the girls can take away from this game is that they maintained consistent pressure against Queens Park 2, never letting up, chasing every chance, being first to the ball and making the most of an opportunity to increase their goal difference.
Apart from the scoreline, there were a number of highlights in this game. Personally, I feel Thistle (when they are playing well) are the best passing team around. Some of the deft touches in the middle of the park and communication (which improves with every game) were outstanding. With players like Esti Rubio, Estelle Hamlin and even newcomer Emma Campbell, some of the passing and movement in the middle of the field would not look out of place on a Saturday afternoon Donald Gray game.
Special mention must go to Mecaela Fraser and Vanessa Hamlin who bagged 8 and 7 goals respectively between them. They are forging a formidable front pair which will continue to strike fear into the hearts of any team in Southland. Today they were unstoppable and their finishing was as clinical as ever, hence the scoreline. Tracey Clay and Aimee Stubbs providing 3 and 4 goals each respectively also offer extremely effective attacking options as the goals continue to flow from all parts of the field.
Special highlights in this game were an extremely well taken first goal for the club from Nicola Hamlin, who used her excellent strength and body position to out-muscle four Park players and finish low and hard beneath the keeper. She was joined by her sister Elizabeth who also grabbed her first goal for the club (following a missed penalty which would have earned her 3 points on a rugby field). Estelle Hamlin also joined the family goal fest with a left footed finish which showed her abilities in front of goal as well as defending it.
Goal of the day came from Tracey Clay following a corner taken by Vanessa Hamlin, with the ball behind her, she flicked/spun her right foot around behind her, directing the ball past a helpless keeper. An outstanding finish which nearly earned her a substitution for showboating (only kidding!).
Another solid performance from the back line restricted Park to 0 shots on target as the girls shape up for a mouth watering clash with 2nd placed Southend. The team expect a big turn out from their fans for this game at Bain Park which based on current form, is very winnable.
Mecaela Fraser x 8
Vanessa Hamlin x 7
Aimee Stubbs x 4
Tracey Clay x 3
Estelle Hamlin x 1
Elizabeth Hamlin x 1
Nicola Hamlin x 1
Esti Rubio x 1
Emma Campbell x 1