After Forest Green Rovers
unexpected point against MAP last Sunday, Torquay United Ladies approached
their penultimate game of the season knowing that points will be needed to
ensure survival in the South West Women's Premier League.
Starting XI (1-4-5-1) -
Robbins, McJury, Shaw, Farrell (c), Strong, Caunce, O'Brien, Dickson, Anderson,
Kotlinska & Harper.
Subs - Allen
The home side began the game
well, restricting Middlezoy to very little and controlling the possession
and tempo of the game. The majority of the game was being played in the
opponents' half, although Torquay were struggling to find a breakthrough.
much against the run of play, the away side took the lead as a free kick from
wide was headed home, 0-1. This didn't deter Torquay however, who almost got
back into the game when joint top scorer Dani Harper rounded Middlezoy keeper Rogers
(a former Torquay trialist), who then produced a fine reaction save.
were growing into the match at this point, and doubled their lead before half
time as a tame effort from distance found its way past stand-in keeper
Half Time, 0-2.
Torquay started the second
half well once again, changing shape slightly as Sammy Kotlinska joined Harper up
front in a two. Kasey Dickson, Gemma Anderson and Laura Shaw were causing problems for Middlezoy
down the channels, but again Torquay couldn't quite find the final pass. The
home team's perseverance was rewarded with around 25 minutes left, as Harper
squared from the right wing for the onrushing Shaw to power home, 1-2.
This goal reinvigorated Torquay, who could now sense an equaliser. They
continued to attack but without really causing the Middlezoy keeper too many
problems. Torquay added a third striker to their shape to try and find the
crucial goal, which inevitably left gaps in their defence. On a rare counter
attack, Middlezoy were able to take advantage of this, as they wrapped the game
up with 5 minutes left.
Final score, 1-3.
Player of the match was awarded to LAURA SHAW. Laura performed superbly down the left flank (both as a
full back and a winger) and deservedly grabbed her first goal of the
Manager Jamie McInnes commented: "I stripped everything right
back for today's game, in terms of not giving the girls too much tactical
information. For me, at the business end of the season when every game is
critical, doing the basics well is key to getting results. I asked
the girls to ensure they started the game well, as this has been our Achilles
heel all season. I knew if we were in the game at half time, our stronger
second half performance would give us a chance. That certainly proved to be the
case as we pushed hard towards the end of the game. I asked the girls to leave
everything out there on the pitch, and I cannot fault the effort today.
Unfortunately, as I guess has been the case all season, we lacked the
needed quality and guile in the important moments of today's game.
"I think everyone will see, by
looking at our performances and results, that we have improved markedly as
a team during what has proven to be a tough season. It may not prove to be
enough, as we know we need to get something next week away to Ilminster, but
what I do know is that we will all be giving it everything we have. That's all
we can do."