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Gulls take a valuable point in tough conditions
Gulls take a valuable point in tough conditions
Goals from Harper and Dickson secure 2-2 draw with Portishead
Published - 27th Jan 19
 

 Starting XI (1-3-4-3) - Gosling, Farrell (C), Mace, Strong, Anderson, Shaw, Dymond, Evans, Dickson, Swaine & Harper.
Subs - Brown, Allen, Hawthorne & Kotlinska.

 Torquay United Ladies lined up with a 3-4-3 formation. They welcomed back captain Niamh Farrell from injury, with Gemma Anderson making her debut in right midfield. Kasey Dickson and Lauren Swaine supported Dani Harper as the focal point in attack. 

 The home side won the toss and changed ends, playing with a strong wind behind their backs for the first half. Torquay began well and kept the visitors pegged back into their half. Harper broke the deadlock after around ten minutes (her fourth goal of the season) hitting a bouncing shot that flew over the head of the Portishead keeper and into the net, 1-0.

This added to the home team's confidence, who continued to press high and create chances.  We unfortunately lost Megan Strong to injury shortly after going ahead, this was a huge blow as Strong has played every minute of every game so far this season. With half an hour played, a rare break away attack from the away side got them the equaliser, as a long ball found the Portishead striker, who finished well from the right hand side of the box, 1-1. Portishead grew in confidence and began to control the midfield battle, on a very sticky pitch. Torquay withstood this pressure, and we delighted to go ahead once more just before the break; a pass down the right side finding Dickson in space, who finished superbly into the bottom left hand corner from a tight angle. Half time score - 2-1. 

 Torquay made a slight change in shape for the second half, changing to a five at the back and three in the middle, to try and counter the strong wind which they would now be facing.  

 Portishead pushed hard from the whistle to try and get back in the game. Torquay were struggling to get out of their own half, but defended well, restricting the away side to long shots that didn't really trouble Gosling in goal. The pattern of the game continued, with Harper working hard to try and get the home side up the pitch. Torquay begun to sit deeper and deeper, inviting Portishead forward. The pressure from the away side eventually told, as they finished a chance that wasn't cleared by the Torquay defence, 2-2. The game was very stop-start from this point onwards, with neither side able to find a winner. Final score, 2-2. 

Player of the match - There were a number of strong performances this afternoon, but today's accolade goes to debutant Gemma Anderson. She played very well in her first game at this level, performing admirably in both right midfield and in a less familiar central midfield role. A very promising first game!

 After the game, manager Jamie McInnes commented: "I'm delighted with the valuable point we gained today. The girls continued our run of impressive performances, demonstrating real grit and determination in extremely tough conditions and on a very soft pitch.

"We have been loading them with an awful lot of tactical information lately, and I'm really pleased they are starting to put into practice lots of the things we have been working on. The side we are putting out each week is finally beginning to have a familiar look to it, which can only bode well for the future. A lot of the girls were disappointed not to have won the game today, and I think that shows how far we have come. As I keep saying, there is a long way to go and lots to learn, but we are getting there and developing at a good pace. We know we are in a relegation battle, but I am confident that with the fighting spirit we are now displaying on a consistent basis, we will have more than enough to stay in this division. We look forward to continuing our work in training this week and then taking on Callington next weekend."

 

 
 
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Gulls take a valuable point in tough conditions
Gulls take a valuable point in tough conditions
Goals from Harper and Dickson secure 2-2 draw with Portishead
Published - 27th Jan 19

 Starting XI (1-3-4-3) - Gosling, Farrell (C), Mace, Strong, Anderson, Shaw, Dymond, Evans, Dickson, Swaine & Harper.
Subs - Brown, Allen, Hawthorne & Kotlinska.

 Torquay United Ladies lined up with a 3-4-3 formation. They welcomed back captain Niamh Farrell from injury, with Gemma Anderson making her debut in right midfield. Kasey Dickson and Lauren Swaine supported Dani Harper as the focal point in attack. 

 The home side won the toss and changed ends, playing with a strong wind behind their backs for the first half. Torquay began well and kept the visitors pegged back into their half. Harper broke the deadlock after around ten minutes (her fourth goal of the season) hitting a bouncing shot that flew over the head of the Portishead keeper and into the net, 1-0.

This added to the home team's confidence, who continued to press high and create chances.  We unfortunately lost Megan Strong to injury shortly after going ahead, this was a huge blow as Strong has played every minute of every game so far this season. With half an hour played, a rare break away attack from the away side got them the equaliser, as a long ball found the Portishead striker, who finished well from the right hand side of the box, 1-1. Portishead grew in confidence and began to control the midfield battle, on a very sticky pitch. Torquay withstood this pressure, and we delighted to go ahead once more just before the break; a pass down the right side finding Dickson in space, who finished superbly into the bottom left hand corner from a tight angle. Half time score - 2-1. 

 Torquay made a slight change in shape for the second half, changing to a five at the back and three in the middle, to try and counter the strong wind which they would now be facing.  

 Portishead pushed hard from the whistle to try and get back in the game. Torquay were struggling to get out of their own half, but defended well, restricting the away side to long shots that didn't really trouble Gosling in goal. The pattern of the game continued, with Harper working hard to try and get the home side up the pitch. Torquay begun to sit deeper and deeper, inviting Portishead forward. The pressure from the away side eventually told, as they finished a chance that wasn't cleared by the Torquay defence, 2-2. The game was very stop-start from this point onwards, with neither side able to find a winner. Final score, 2-2. 

Player of the match - There were a number of strong performances this afternoon, but today's accolade goes to debutant Gemma Anderson. She played very well in her first game at this level, performing admirably in both right midfield and in a less familiar central midfield role. A very promising first game!

 After the game, manager Jamie McInnes commented: "I'm delighted with the valuable point we gained today. The girls continued our run of impressive performances, demonstrating real grit and determination in extremely tough conditions and on a very soft pitch.

"We have been loading them with an awful lot of tactical information lately, and I'm really pleased they are starting to put into practice lots of the things we have been working on. The side we are putting out each week is finally beginning to have a familiar look to it, which can only bode well for the future. A lot of the girls were disappointed not to have won the game today, and I think that shows how far we have come. As I keep saying, there is a long way to go and lots to learn, but we are getting there and developing at a good pace. We know we are in a relegation battle, but I am confident that with the fighting spirit we are now displaying on a consistent basis, we will have more than enough to stay in this division. We look forward to continuing our work in training this week and then taking on Callington next weekend."

 

 
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