UNSW FC v Sutherland
Seymour Shaw Oval, Sunday 3rd May 2015
The U/13’s produced another encouraging performance on the freshly laid artificial grass at Seymour Shaw on Sunday. The girls moved in to their stride early and produced some of their best combination play of the season to move the ball into their opponents defensive third and pushed for an opening goal. Just before half time Sutherland poached an opportunist goal to go to the sheds with their noses in front. To the young Lions credit they carried their first half momentum into the second half and kept striving to control possession and create the opening to pull back a goal.
Despite their hard work and endeavour the Lions could not grab what would have been a deserved equalizer, but they should take great heart from their performance against an opponent who dominated last season’s competition.
Final Score 0-1, Half time 0-1
The UNSW FC U/15’s started with a bang piecing together good possession and then springing their best move of the season so far, playing the ball through the middle third before Lara Joffe and Jacquie Hoffbauer combined to provide Gabbie McAlpine with an opportunity on the right side of the penalty square which she took with some style to put the visitors ahead. The momentum of the game then subtly changed as UNSW struggled to maintain their early weight of possession at stages but still managing to exert enough pressure to go close to extending their lead. Sutherland continued to exert increasing pressure as UNSW could not find the security of possession that had characterised their start to the game. This pressure eventually told with the home side grabbing the leveller just before half time. Sutherland took this chance and never really allowed UNSW back into the contest running away with 3 second half goals.
Final Score 1-4, Half time 1-1
Coming off two tough matches the 17’s lined up against the ladder topping Sutherland. A spate of injuries had necessitated Jess Graham and Daisy King stepping up from the U/15’s to help out our 17’s once again. Pleasingly the girls started well and they looked to play positively and use possession where possible. As a result they were able to craft several attacking moves and then also transition back into defence when necessary. After a high tempo first half both ledgers remained empty although UNSW had probed for the opener and Tiana Milisavljevic had pulled off a superb one on one save to keep her net safe.
The second half saw the home team step up the pressure, but to the Lions credit they really knuckled down to the hard graft of surviving on highly contested possession often in their own defensive third. Having worked so hard collectively UNSW began finding avenues through the Sutherland midfield in the last 15 minutes and in the end were pushing for the winner right to the final whistle.
A very strong collective performance, but acknowledgment to Tiana who is growing in confidence each week, and big thanks to Jess and Daisy who played big games for us.
Final Score 0-0, Half time 0-0
In a very tightly contested affair a single second half goal was enough for the home team to grab 3 points. UNSW knitted together some good possession play and created several openings were unable to seize their opportunities. Sutherland was not so forgiving and took advantage of some momentary lapses to steal the decisive goal. UNSW will reflect on a match in which they looked to be on the verge of tasking over at several times but could not land the knockout blow.
Final Score 0-1, Half time 0-0
In keeping with pattern of the day, First Grade engaged in a closely fought arm wrestle of a match in which the home team marginally shaded possession over the course of the 90 minutes. Sutherland had thumped Inter on their home track the previous week so the visitors knew they would be facing a buoyant outfit. Sutherland showed the pace and flair on show against Inter but UNSW were shoring up the crucial areas of the pitch and springing their own tricks at the opposite end. In such a tight game it always looked that split seconds would decide the game. Such a moment arrived in the later stages of the first half when Sutherland seized their moment and grabbed an important lead. UNSW strived to pull back the lead and were centimetres away from their goal without being able to crack the puzzle. A second home goal arrived as UNSW were pushing and pushing for the equalizer they craved.
A strong performance and one we will learn from.
Final Score 0-2, Half time 0-1
|First Grade||0 – 2||Sutherland||L L L W L|
|Reserve||0 – 1||Sutherland||W L L W L|
|U17||0 – 0||Sutherland||D W L L D|
|U15||1 – 4||Sutherland||D L L L D|
|U13||0 – 1||Sutherland||L L L L L|