South West Phoenix Firebirds secure 7-3 victory over Bassendean

On the field: Firebirds' captain Lucy Scott and star Ruby Stevenson were effective in the side's 7-3 win over Bassendean. Photos: Supplied.
On the field: Firebirds' captain Lucy Scott and star Ruby Stevenson were effective in the side's 7-3 win over Bassendean. Photos: Supplied.

The South West Phoenix Firebirds made it six wins with a comprehensive 7-3 victory at Bassendean at the weekend.

Five individual goal-scorers contributed to the win, although a couple of soft goals for Bassendean in the second half took the shine off the scoreline.

For the first time this season, the Firebirds went into the game with a full squad to choose from.

The third versus tenth clash looked straight-forward, on paper.

However, Bassendean's only previous win came against UWA, who went into this round top of the table.

The Firebirds put any nerves to rest when star Nicole Suttie opened the scoring with a powerful left-foot strike in the opening ten minutes.

Bassendean almost hit back immediately, striking the post soon after. They showed enough quality when they had the ball to be a threat.

The Firebirds' youthful legs were too much to handle though, and they doubled their lead just shy of the half-hour mark. Lucy Scott crossed for Katie McDermott to fire home from close range.

Bassendean quickly found a lifeline when some neat play saw them pull a goal back.

Any hopes they had were quickly snuffed out, when Eleanor Coventry scored with a brilliant long-range strike.

Firing home from close range, McDermott added her second goal to give the Firebirds a convincing 4-1 lead at half time.

The Firebirds wanted to push on in the second half, and looked like doing so when Scott added a fifth goal.

Two sloppy goals to Bassendean, offset against strikes by Jordan Sheedy and Coventry, ensured a high-scoring 7-3 finish.

The win was the Firebirds' record sixth in a row, and comes ahead of a tough away trip to Queens Park this Sunday afternoon.

Queens Park currently sits fourth on the leaderboard.

The Firebirds moved up to second on the table, one point behind Subiaco but with a game in hand.

The side recently claimed a 5-1 win over Fremantle City, after defeating Curtin University 4-1.

Earlier this year, they secured commanding wins against UWA (6-0), Port Kennedy (2-0), and Wanneroo City (4-2).