BALLARAT Lady Devils were outclassed by an older, more experienced South Yarra in a 3-nil loss on Sunday.
South Yarra opened scoring at the 20-minute mark in the first half of the Football Federation Victoria state league one game at Morshead Park.
From then, Ballarat Scrap Metal Lady Devils were determined to get the better of their opponents.
Lady Devils coach Rick Romein called on his players at the break to show more aggression at the ball and reduce turnovers, which had proven costly in the first half.
Romein wanted his young players to persist with the team plan of one-touch football, especially in the tight contests, and to look to play forward.
Telling saves from goalkeeper Jasmina Zdelar were impressive and Holly Williamson and Tarryn Harris formed a strong defence.
South Yarra scored on the 68th and 70th minutes to polish off a win.
The Lady Devils’ development squad was denied a win, despite claiming the league early when Sophie Emota went one on one with the South Yarra goalie.
South Yarra equalised at the 32-minute mark and then scored the winning goal in the 89th minute.