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REPORT: Gulls grab late winner
REPORT: Gulls grab late winner
Torquay secure 1-0 win at Downend
Published - 15th Jan 19
 

Torquay got the better of Downend Flyers to score a late winner and take a valuable three points away from home.

TULFC lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, utilising Randle and Shaw as wing backs.

Starting XI – Gosling, Carruthers, Strong, Farrell ©, Randle, Shaw, Evans, Hawthorne, Dymond (1), Swaine and Dickson. Subs (both used) – Brown and Allen.

The first half was a tepid affair with a lack of quality on show from both teams, struggling to get the ball down and play in very windy conditions. Strong tackles were flying in from both sides, with tempers flaring in this bottom-of-the-table clash.

TULFC did have the ball in the Downend net, when an uncontested drop ball, which Dymond kicked harmlessly back to the Downend keeper, flew over her head and into the net. Quite rightly, and in the spirit of sportsmanship, the referee asked for the drop ball to be retaken. The first half finished 0-0.

The TULFC team talk centred around trying to get the ball down and play. We weren’t doing the basics right and we had to focus on this. The TULFC management were confident that if we could do the simple things well, our quality would show in the end. A change of shape to 4-3-3 was made, to try and change the pattern of the game.

The second half continued to be a tight affair, with neither side creating many chances. TULFC started to take control of possession, but Downend were still dangerous on the counter attack, and TULFC were giving away too many free kicks and corners.

One of these free kicks nearly cost us towards the end of the game, as a shot from the Downend striker flew towards the top corner, before Laura Shaw jumped and headed the ball off the line. This moment really galvanised the team, and Dymond (who was suffering from cramp) was pushed up front as a second striker. Two minutes into injury time, Dymond controlled a long ball on her chest before hitting a shot over the Downend keeper, to spark wild scenes of celebration from the TULFC players.

Final score: Downend Flyers 0-1 Torquay United.

Player of the Match – Megan Strong. Meg is an ever-present throughout the whole season and is the rock around which our defence is built. She plays with a casual demeanour at times but is always in the right position when needed. She covers her team mates well and is always trying to start the play from the back. Today was another solid performance from Meg, and being so young, she is only going to get better and better.

After the game, manager Jamie McInnes commented: "We knew this was going to be a tough game, with both us and Downend in similar positions towards the bottom end of the table. We beat them comfortably in the home game but a lot had changed since that game, with different personnel now in the side. I was always confident we would have enough quality to win the game,  but I wasn’t expecting us to leave it so late! It was a frustrating game to watch from a coaching point of view, as I know we can play much, much better than we showed on the day. That being said, I am delighted with the character and grittiness shown by my players. To keep a clean sheet and win a game in injury time shows tremendous belief and spirit. I am particularly please for Neave in goal and the whole defence, who have been up against it all season. They thoroughly deserve that clean sheet. I’m also delighted for Charlotte, who got the winning goal. I said to her as we left the dressing rooms at half time, that she had the quality to be the match winner."

 
 
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REPORT: Gulls grab late winner
REPORT: Gulls grab late winner
Torquay secure 1-0 win at Downend
Published - 15th Jan 19

Torquay got the better of Downend Flyers to score a late winner and take a valuable three points away from home.

TULFC lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, utilising Randle and Shaw as wing backs.

Starting XI – Gosling, Carruthers, Strong, Farrell ©, Randle, Shaw, Evans, Hawthorne, Dymond (1), Swaine and Dickson. Subs (both used) – Brown and Allen.

The first half was a tepid affair with a lack of quality on show from both teams, struggling to get the ball down and play in very windy conditions. Strong tackles were flying in from both sides, with tempers flaring in this bottom-of-the-table clash.

TULFC did have the ball in the Downend net, when an uncontested drop ball, which Dymond kicked harmlessly back to the Downend keeper, flew over her head and into the net. Quite rightly, and in the spirit of sportsmanship, the referee asked for the drop ball to be retaken. The first half finished 0-0.

The TULFC team talk centred around trying to get the ball down and play. We weren’t doing the basics right and we had to focus on this. The TULFC management were confident that if we could do the simple things well, our quality would show in the end. A change of shape to 4-3-3 was made, to try and change the pattern of the game.

The second half continued to be a tight affair, with neither side creating many chances. TULFC started to take control of possession, but Downend were still dangerous on the counter attack, and TULFC were giving away too many free kicks and corners.

One of these free kicks nearly cost us towards the end of the game, as a shot from the Downend striker flew towards the top corner, before Laura Shaw jumped and headed the ball off the line. This moment really galvanised the team, and Dymond (who was suffering from cramp) was pushed up front as a second striker. Two minutes into injury time, Dymond controlled a long ball on her chest before hitting a shot over the Downend keeper, to spark wild scenes of celebration from the TULFC players.

Final score: Downend Flyers 0-1 Torquay United.

Player of the Match – Megan Strong. Meg is an ever-present throughout the whole season and is the rock around which our defence is built. She plays with a casual demeanour at times but is always in the right position when needed. She covers her team mates well and is always trying to start the play from the back. Today was another solid performance from Meg, and being so young, she is only going to get better and better.

After the game, manager Jamie McInnes commented: "We knew this was going to be a tough game, with both us and Downend in similar positions towards the bottom end of the table. We beat them comfortably in the home game but a lot had changed since that game, with different personnel now in the side. I was always confident we would have enough quality to win the game,  but I wasn’t expecting us to leave it so late! It was a frustrating game to watch from a coaching point of view, as I know we can play much, much better than we showed on the day. That being said, I am delighted with the character and grittiness shown by my players. To keep a clean sheet and win a game in injury time shows tremendous belief and spirit. I am particularly please for Neave in goal and the whole defence, who have been up against it all season. They thoroughly deserve that clean sheet. I’m also delighted for Charlotte, who got the winning goal. I said to her as we left the dressing rooms at half time, that she had the quality to be the match winner."

 
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