Sharks have been ladder leaders all year until a week ago when the Roselea girls took it off them. This was bound to be a tough game.
Sunday mornings are tough – but especially when a the coach plus a good mix of the parents are all a bit bleary eyed from watching world cup round of 16 matches.
The girls started slowly, a bit sleepy and a bit reactive. 10 minutes in and Sharks had pinched a goal from a goal mouth scrap.
Speed was going to be important – speed to the ball – as both teams had fast players in attack and defence – but you had to WANT the ball – and ride a little bump to get hold of it.
Fiona broke through their defence with a run from midfield and even went around the keeper but was harassed away from the goal by strong cover defence. Caitlin was warming into the game, Dominique as fearless as ever, and moving the ball well. All the attackers – Zoe, Bella and Alannah C were putting pressure on defenders and playing well.
Sharks had a big strong experienced keeper who was making plenty of saves.
Bianca had the defence organised and with Roni pushing forward from centre back, we gained the upper hand in the second half, and had the better of field position and possession.
But, football is about getting the goal, taking your chance and sometimes a bit of luck. Teams at the world cup are all learning this.
The girls all gave a much improved second half effort – and showed that the finals match between these 2 sides will be a must watch fixture.
The game closed out as a 1 Nil loss to the Roselea girls and back to second place – but a good lesson learned about turning up ready to go, and playing at full intensity from the outset.