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Impressive second-half performance but Gulls pay penalty
Impressive second-half performance but Gulls pay penalty
Torquay 1 Ilminster 3
Published - 18th Feb 19
 

We welcomed new signings Nikki Caunce and Leanne Robbins into the squad for today's game. Fellow new signing, Caragh O'Brien, was unavailable for selection. Megan Strong and Becky Carruthers were back in the side after injury.

Starting XI - Gosling, Allen, Farrell (C), Carruthers, Strong, Caunce, Dymond, Dickson, Anderson, Swaine & Evans. Sub - Robbins

 After the slow start in the previous game, that saw Torquay 4-0 down after just 20 minutes, the ladies had been reminded about being focused from the first whistle. The game started relatively quietly, with neither side taking control during the first 20 minutes and both defences standing firm.

The deadlock was broken after around 25 minutes, when a lack of communication in the home side's defence led to a long shot, that was probably intended as a cross, looping over Gosling and into the net, 0-1. This blow for Torquay gave the away side a sense of confidence, and they began to create chances. With around 35 minutes gone, Ilminster doubled their lead, as a tame ball into the box wasn't cleared by the Torquay defence, which left their striker free to poke home, 0-2.

Half time , Torquay 0-2 Ilminster.

 The second half saw Torquay come out the dressing room with a greater purpose and sense of urgency. They were playing with greater quality and looked dangerous when reaching the final third. This effort was rewarded after around an hour, when a ball into the Ilminster area was handled, penalty to Torquay. Up stepped Dymond who confidently dispatched the spot kick, 1-2. The home side were now brimming with confidence and pushing forward, searching for an equaliser. Unfortunately, with around ten minutes left, the wind was taken out of Torquay's sails, with the awarding of a penalty to Ilminster. The penalty was scored, 1-3 and this was effectively game over.

 Final Score - Torquay 1-3 Ilminster

 Player of the match - today's accolade is awarded to debutant Nikki Caunce. Nikki produced an excellent performance in a deep-lying midfield role. She impressed with her range of passing, organisational skills and constant, positive encouragement of her team mates.

 After the game, manager Jamie McInnes commented: "We seem to have an issue with our first half performances, and in general, produce better displays after the interval. This is something that myself, Rich and the ladies must try and correct.

"We have shown with our second half performance today and against teams such as Callington and Keynsham Development in recent weeks, that we can compete with some of the best sides in the league when at our best. Our challenge is to produce this performance from the get-go. In general, I'm pleased with the application and effort from the ladies today. We were missing a few players, so to push Ilminster all the way is pleasing to an extent. I have to say, I was incredibly disappointed with the awarding of the opposition's penalty towards the end of the game. There was only one person in the entire ground today who thought that was a spot kick and it completely drained our players of confidence, as we were pushing hard for the equaliser at that stage. We now have 4 weeks until our next game, a tough home tie against Exeter."

 

 
 
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Impressive second-half performance but Gulls pay penalty
Impressive second-half performance but Gulls pay penalty
Torquay 1 Ilminster 3
Published - 18th Feb 19

We welcomed new signings Nikki Caunce and Leanne Robbins into the squad for today's game. Fellow new signing, Caragh O'Brien, was unavailable for selection. Megan Strong and Becky Carruthers were back in the side after injury.

Starting XI - Gosling, Allen, Farrell (C), Carruthers, Strong, Caunce, Dymond, Dickson, Anderson, Swaine & Evans. Sub - Robbins

 After the slow start in the previous game, that saw Torquay 4-0 down after just 20 minutes, the ladies had been reminded about being focused from the first whistle. The game started relatively quietly, with neither side taking control during the first 20 minutes and both defences standing firm.

The deadlock was broken after around 25 minutes, when a lack of communication in the home side's defence led to a long shot, that was probably intended as a cross, looping over Gosling and into the net, 0-1. This blow for Torquay gave the away side a sense of confidence, and they began to create chances. With around 35 minutes gone, Ilminster doubled their lead, as a tame ball into the box wasn't cleared by the Torquay defence, which left their striker free to poke home, 0-2.

Half time , Torquay 0-2 Ilminster.

 The second half saw Torquay come out the dressing room with a greater purpose and sense of urgency. They were playing with greater quality and looked dangerous when reaching the final third. This effort was rewarded after around an hour, when a ball into the Ilminster area was handled, penalty to Torquay. Up stepped Dymond who confidently dispatched the spot kick, 1-2. The home side were now brimming with confidence and pushing forward, searching for an equaliser. Unfortunately, with around ten minutes left, the wind was taken out of Torquay's sails, with the awarding of a penalty to Ilminster. The penalty was scored, 1-3 and this was effectively game over.

 Final Score - Torquay 1-3 Ilminster

 Player of the match - today's accolade is awarded to debutant Nikki Caunce. Nikki produced an excellent performance in a deep-lying midfield role. She impressed with her range of passing, organisational skills and constant, positive encouragement of her team mates.

 After the game, manager Jamie McInnes commented: "We seem to have an issue with our first half performances, and in general, produce better displays after the interval. This is something that myself, Rich and the ladies must try and correct.

"We have shown with our second half performance today and against teams such as Callington and Keynsham Development in recent weeks, that we can compete with some of the best sides in the league when at our best. Our challenge is to produce this performance from the get-go. In general, I'm pleased with the application and effort from the ladies today. We were missing a few players, so to push Ilminster all the way is pleasing to an extent. I have to say, I was incredibly disappointed with the awarding of the opposition's penalty towards the end of the game. There was only one person in the entire ground today who thought that was a spot kick and it completely drained our players of confidence, as we were pushing hard for the equaliser at that stage. We now have 4 weeks until our next game, a tough home tie against Exeter."

 

 
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