Safety Bay Senior High School’s Junior A Girls were too strong for Lynwood Senior High School’s Junior B Team in an 8-0 60 minute whitewash to claim the State School WA Shield Championship at Balcatta Etna FC on Wednesday.
Safety Bay SHS Specialist Football Program has been moving from strength to strength in 2023, with this State School Shield Championship confirming the program as one of the best in Western Australia – for female footballers especially.
The SBSHS Junior A Girls team, composed of Year 8 and 9 students, took the field with confidence at Balcatta Etna FC on Wednesday with Taryn Byrne scoring their first goal in the 2nd minute of the game.
Lead by Coach Neil Addison and Captains Zoey Dixon and Matilda Nolan, Safety Bay dominated for the full 60 minutes; maintaining possession in their half for the majority of the game.
Another shot at goal in the 3rd minute from Abbey Smith almost sealed an early 2-0 lead for Safety Bay, however the ball landed slightly too long to make an impact.
Taryn Byrne dribbled past two defenders to seal her second goal in the 11th minute, with the assist from Matilda Morrison in the backline.
The next two goals came from Zoey Dixon in the 18th and 30th minute, heading into half time with a strong position.
Despite starting the second half with a 4-0 lead, Safety Bay showed no signs of slowing down with Katie Hooker taking advantage of lone defender and sealing their first goal of the second term in the 39th minute.
Lynwood SHS’s Junior B goalkeeper made some important saves in the second half, however Safety Bay’s attack line was just far too strong to prevent further damage.
A long-range Hail Mary goal from Kharis Collins in the 46th minute brought the game to 5-0, followed by a pair of back-to-back goals from Atamaru Ngatamariki in the 57th and 60th minute to seal the game.
Player Of The Match was awarded to Taryn Byrne for her important early goals that ignited the team’s run to victory.
Charlotte Briggs, Tayla Cameron, Madison Collingwood, Elkah Hann, Katie Hooker, Arelia Silligardos, Abbey Smith, Rocette Villarosa, Charlotte Anderson, Taryn Byrne, Kharis Collins, Isabella Embra, Georgia Giles, Matilda Morrison, Atamaru Ngatamariki
Captains: Zoey Dixon, Matilda Nolan
Coach: Neil Addison