|Northern Storm Football Club Match Report|
|Northern Storm Team||Womens Premier League Cyclones|
|Date & Venue||21/5 Korora|
|Coach / Manager||Mike Lloyd|
|Player of the Match||Amy Gibbins|
We started this game sitting equal with 2 other sides at the bottom of the ladder, although we still have 1 game in hand. Despite our position on the ladder, we have been playing very well but just not quite getting to 90 minutes of good football. This week we had 10 relatively fresh players which was an improvement in our situation, and we had high hopes of a good performance
We began well and our new 4-4-2 formation was working, causing plenty of problems for Maclean. Some excellent passing moves, particularly through Aimee & Tilly in midfield, saw us create 5 or 6 good chances in the first 20 minutes and Kodie finished one of these off to get us to 1-0.
Maclean have 2 very fit & fast strikers, and they are capable of taking advantage of any momentary lapse in defence. They came back strongly at us and 10 minutes before half time got an equalizer.
The 2nd half went much the same way early on, and a great long range shot from Tilly gave us the lead again at 2-1. Unfortunately from there we began to have some problems with our defence. Jeannette and Carrie were forced to come off with ongoing injuries, and that left us with subs in the backs who had already played a full game in Reserve grade. The last 20 minutes saw us under heavy pressure, and we lost our composure a little which affected our passing game. Too many balls were going straight back to the opposition. Maclean evened things up at 2-2 with a good goal.
Then 10 minutes from full time we had a bizzare situation where the ref played on while we were subbing an injured player, and Maclean broke away for another goal. We fought back hard over the last 10, but despite several chances couldn't quite get the goal we were after.
All in all this was a good performance for 75 minutes, but yet again the injuries and our fitness told the story. We have matched it with every team now for 65-75 minutes, and we can beat anyone if we can extend that to 90 minutes.
Excellent work from Amy Gibbins at centre back with a tireless effort. Tamika was great in goals as well and Finchy & Holly both worked the new formation well on the wings.