SWQ Thunder v Palm Beach

Lauren Brown struck four times as Palm Beach SC Women continued their unbeaten start to the season with an 8-0 win over SWQ Thunder Women on Saturday.

Sharks dominated from the outset at Clive Berghofer Stadium, recording a second straight win in their first away match of the season.

While Brown did the bulk of the damage, it was Emily Benton first on the scoresheet in the seventh minute to open her season tally.

Brown, who netted in last week’s upset win over The Gap Women, soon grabbed her third of the campaign, followed a minute later by another scorer from the match in Deanna Thompson.

Thunder still had hope of claiming something from the match at 3-0 down but those chances were slashed immediately after the restart when Benton and Thompson completed their braces inside the opening moments.

The final 40 minutes then belonged to Brown as the former Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets W-League player proved her quality, adding three more to make it six for the season and a comprehensive victory for Gary French’s Sharks.

Speaking after the match, French praised his team’s all-round effort.

“I thought everything we work on – playing out from the back, supporting the nine – came together so overall I was really pleased with our performance,” French said.

Thunder technical director Joe Fenech believed the focus was on key objectives, not the final scoreline.

“Today we were concentrating on playing out from the back. That was our only objective for today,” Fenech said.

SWQ Thunder Women 0
Palm Beach SC Women 8 (Emily BENTON 7’, 46’ Lauren BROWN 19’, 52’, 88’, 90’ Deanna THOMPSON 20’, 48’)

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