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Second-half revival comes too late
Second-half revival comes too late
Torquay 2 Callington 6
Published - 4th Feb 19
 

Torquay United Ladies continued with the 1-3-4-3 system that had served them well last weekend against Portishead. They were without the ever-present Megan Strong in defence today, who was missing through injury along with Becky Carruthers.


Team - Gosling, Farrell (c), Mace, McJury, Anderson, Shaw, Dymond, Lawrence, Evans, Kotlinska and Harper. Subs - Dickson, Swaine and Allen.

Torquay began the game in a very disappointing manner, looking well off the pace from the first whistle. It took around 30 minutes to finally get a grip of the game, but by this point the match was all but over as a contest, as Callington were 4-0 ahead.

After finally stopping the constant attacks from the visitors, the home side had something to cheer about, as Sammy Kotlinska finished well just before the break, assisted by Harper. 1-4.

Torquay changed shape to 1-4-5-1 for the second half, aware they would be up against the slope of the pitch as well as the talented Callington team.

The effort and application from the home side was markedly improved during the second period. Callington further extended their lead, before Torquay substitute Lauren Swaine finished well into the far corner, again assisted by Harper. The home team were competing for every ball and creating chances and were unfortunate not to add to their two goals.

Callington scored a breakaway goal with around ten minutes left to see the final whistle blow with the score 2-6. 

 

Player of the match - there were a few notable performances today, particularly in the second half. Lauren Swaine was a constant menace down the left flank, and took her goal really well. Dani Harper, a regular scorer of goals, turned provider today, setting up both of the Torquay goals. However, today's player of the match was awarded to Kasey Dickson. Her impact today as a second-half sub really altered the flow of the game. She frequently picked up good pockets of space and drove at the Callington defence, causing them all sorts of problems and was unlucky not to grab a goal herself.

After the game, manager Jamie McInnes said: "I have to be honest, I was pretty disgusted with our first half performance. I always try to be be positive and praise the girls regularly for all the good things they have been doing, however there were some harsh words said during the interval. The players know me well now and I think they understood my frustrations. We spoke after the game about how we have to be switched on as soon as we arrive at the ground. We have to warm up properly, be focused and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead. It didn't happen today but I know the girls will learn from this.

"We have set our standards so high during the past few games, and I was pretty pleased that we were able to get back to near our best during the second 45 minutes. We talk often about what we can accept as a performance from ourselves as individuals and as a team. We added an extra midfielder for the second half, a change that in hindsight I should have made earlier, and we played with much more fight, determination and purpose. We have a weekend off next week before we play against Ilminster for the first time this season the week after. We will be continuing the hard work on the training pitch before then, and putting a plan together to try and get a result."

 
 
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Second-half revival comes too late
Second-half revival comes too late
Torquay 2 Callington 6
Published - 4th Feb 19

Torquay United Ladies continued with the 1-3-4-3 system that had served them well last weekend against Portishead. They were without the ever-present Megan Strong in defence today, who was missing through injury along with Becky Carruthers.


Team - Gosling, Farrell (c), Mace, McJury, Anderson, Shaw, Dymond, Lawrence, Evans, Kotlinska and Harper. Subs - Dickson, Swaine and Allen.

Torquay began the game in a very disappointing manner, looking well off the pace from the first whistle. It took around 30 minutes to finally get a grip of the game, but by this point the match was all but over as a contest, as Callington were 4-0 ahead.

After finally stopping the constant attacks from the visitors, the home side had something to cheer about, as Sammy Kotlinska finished well just before the break, assisted by Harper. 1-4.

Torquay changed shape to 1-4-5-1 for the second half, aware they would be up against the slope of the pitch as well as the talented Callington team.

The effort and application from the home side was markedly improved during the second period. Callington further extended their lead, before Torquay substitute Lauren Swaine finished well into the far corner, again assisted by Harper. The home team were competing for every ball and creating chances and were unfortunate not to add to their two goals.

Callington scored a breakaway goal with around ten minutes left to see the final whistle blow with the score 2-6. 

 

Player of the match - there were a few notable performances today, particularly in the second half. Lauren Swaine was a constant menace down the left flank, and took her goal really well. Dani Harper, a regular scorer of goals, turned provider today, setting up both of the Torquay goals. However, today's player of the match was awarded to Kasey Dickson. Her impact today as a second-half sub really altered the flow of the game. She frequently picked up good pockets of space and drove at the Callington defence, causing them all sorts of problems and was unlucky not to grab a goal herself.

After the game, manager Jamie McInnes said: "I have to be honest, I was pretty disgusted with our first half performance. I always try to be be positive and praise the girls regularly for all the good things they have been doing, however there were some harsh words said during the interval. The players know me well now and I think they understood my frustrations. We spoke after the game about how we have to be switched on as soon as we arrive at the ground. We have to warm up properly, be focused and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead. It didn't happen today but I know the girls will learn from this.

"We have set our standards so high during the past few games, and I was pretty pleased that we were able to get back to near our best during the second 45 minutes. We talk often about what we can accept as a performance from ourselves as individuals and as a team. We added an extra midfielder for the second half, a change that in hindsight I should have made earlier, and we played with much more fight, determination and purpose. We have a weekend off next week before we play against Ilminster for the first time this season the week after. We will be continuing the hard work on the training pitch before then, and putting a plan together to try and get a result."

 
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