GALLERY: Strong showing by Souths in second half on Saturday
SOUTHERN Suburbs defensive enforcer Alyssa Barnes helped her side secure a 4-0 win over Frenchville Rovers on Saturday night.
The determined half restricted an early attacking onslaught from Rovers to limit their goal-striking opportunities to nil.
"Alyssa was brilliant. She put in a rock-solid effort and read the ball to perfection," coach Brett Connor said.
"She was across anything that came her way."
Connor said his depleted side's win was bittersweet with debutants Anne Toon and Meagan Dei Rossi holding their own.
"We were missing seven key players due to representative duties, so Megan and Ann stepped up to the challenge," he said.
"Initially there were a bit of nerves but they helped cover the missing girls really well."
Little separated the two sides in the opening half, but Souths striker Maddy Randazzo broke the deadlock to lead 1-0 at the break.
Flashes of brilliance early in the second half paved the way for Souths' Alex Buckley, Alyssa Andrews and Emmeline Elder to send the ball into the net.
"Emmeline's goal was a class act by all the girls," Connor said.
"It started from our defensive back and they passed it up through the lines, touching about three different sticks before Emmeline capitalised."
Connor said a midfield restructure, which moved strikers Jordan Edwards and Hannah Hosie out of the forwards, helped tighten the defence.
"They really helped the team tighten up the middle and gave everyone else a good centre structure to work from," he said.
"They both played brilliantly and really stepped up to the challenge."
The Week 7 win sees Souths claim a valuable two competition points and consolidate their position as title contenders.
There will be no Central Queensland Hockey fixtures this weekend with several players heading south to contest in the Super League competition.