Plenty of goals on opening weekend as Capalaba Bulldogs score strong victory over Grange

POSSESSION: Goal scorer Issy Ward from Capalaba in a good battle for possession with a hard running Grange player. Photo: Alan Minifie/Capalaba FC

POSSESSION: Goal scorer Issy Ward from Capalaba in a good battle for possession with a hard running Grange player. Photo: Alan Minifie/Capalaba FC

IT was a mixed start to the season for Capalaba FC as teams found themselves on different sides of score lines.

The Bulldogs Women got the ball rolling with a 6-0 rout of Grange Thistle on Friday evening in the inaugural Kappa Women's Super Cup before a bumper home crowd.

The men followed it up with a frustrating 6-3 away defeat to Sunshine Coast Wanderers in the National Premier Leagues on Sunday.

In their first match under new coach Archie Kahondo, the Bulldogs women had secured their win by half-time after snaring four early goals through Natasha Wheeler, Amy Chapman, Brooke Spence and Issy Ward.

The result was rounded out in the second half with further strikes from Stephanie Latham and debutant Gabriella Francisco - one of six players making their first appearance for the club on the night.

"It is such a talented team to be able to learn from," Francisco said of her competitive debut alongside a host of former Matildas and W-League stars.

"A win in our first game is the only way we wanted to start the season and I am super stoked to have scored my first goal with the Doggies."

The new-look men's side had a tougher time in their first National Premier Leagues match of the year under new coach David McEvoy.

After conceding midway through the first half, the Doggies looked set for a gutsy fightback when Tarig Hammad levelled scores shortly after the restart.

However, their joy was short-lived as the Wanderers responded with five goals in 20 minutes to take the points at Ballinger Park.

TOUGH COMPETITION: Goal scorer Gabriella Francisco up against Grange in the opening game. Photo: Alan Minifie/Capalaba FC

TOUGH COMPETITION: Goal scorer Gabriella Francisco up against Grange in the opening game. Photo: Alan Minifie/Capalaba FC

The Bulldogs found late consolation as newly unveiled striker Kado Aoci delivered a debut double in the dying stages to bring some respectability to the score.

The men will have a chance to make amends for the result when they play their home opener this Saturday night against last year's Champions, Lions FC, at Max Haynes Field, kicking off at 7pm.

The match forms part of a big double header for the Bulldogs, with the women's team hosting the first match of their league campaign the same day against The Gap at 4.45pm.