22/7 vs Boambee
4 – 4 draw
Having slipped back to 5th on the ladder we had a big assignment here against the top placed Boambee side. A loss would mean almost no chance of making the finals. Fortunately we had all our players back on deck for this one and a serious plan with a revised structure. The girls were also really keen to put their stamp on a Boambee team that had beaten us 3-0 and 6-0 previously, and should we finish 4th are likely to meet in the finals
We started like a house on fire, with really strong defence combined with excellent long clearances and some great long passing moves. Before we knew it 2 quality goals saw us up 2-0. Kodie & Aimee were combining perfectly up front. The defensive plan was working and we had Boambee on the ropes. This was the best half of football we have played all year and we knew the game was ours if we could keep going. The 2nd half began like the 1st, and soon enough we had another great goal from a through ball and a good finish from Pariss. At 3-0 we could not afford to relax as Boambee have the luxury of a 1st division side at the top of the table, and sure enough they began to make subs and fight back. After a scrappy goal we went to 3-1 and the pressure was on, but we responded with yet another goal to go 4-1.
With 20 minutes to go Boambee pulled out all the stops, bringing on 2 fresh wingers and their keeper (a quality 1st div player) coming out of goals and into striker. We began to crack under the pressure and let in 2 more goals quickly to go to 4-3. Then with 5 minutes to go Boambee got an equaliser – 4 all. I have to say 2 of their goals were quality but the other 2 were quite soft and both rolled in off a post.
We finished the game strongly and with some luck could have had 1 or 2 more goals and kept Boambee to 2. Although we didn’t get the win this was an excellent effort as we scored 4 goals against a team that had only let in 9 goals all season prior to this game!
Player of the match was….. EVERYONE! You all played your hearts out. In particular Ainsley had a great game filling in at stopper and all our wingers worked really hard on the defensive formation. The best thing about this game is that we will learn from it and have sent Boambee a strong message for when we meet them in the finals