Starting XI (1-4-5-1)
- Gosling, Carruthers, Shaw, Farrell (c), Strong, Caunce, Dymond, Evans,
Anderson, Kotlinska, Harper.
Subs - Allen, O’Brien,
The ladies headed into
this game, fully aware that at least a point was the minimum required to keep
alive their hopes of surviving in the Premier Division.
Torquay began the game
very well on an expansive pitch, moving the ball well and dominating the early
possession. Plenty of half chances were created, but nothing that really
troubled the confident Ilminster goalkeeper.
The home side’s main threat came
from long balls over the visiting defence, which Torquay goalkeeper Gosling
dealt with with ease. The momentum of the game changed on 28 minutes, as a
corner from Ilminster wasn’t defended properly by Torquay, which left their
forward in space to poke home, 1-0.
Torquay manager McInnes was subsequently
dismissed from the technical area for his protestations at the awarding of the
corner. This setback didn’t deter the visitors, who continued to push forward
looking for the crucial goal.
Half time: Ilminster
Torquay kicked off the
second half determined to turn their efforts into a goal, and were rewarded on
48 minutes as top scorer Harper, found space on the left and cleverly lifted a
shot over the reach of the Ilminster keeper, 1-1.
From this moment onwards, it
looked like there was only going to be one winner. Torquay midfielder Dymond
rattled the bar with a free kick, before another set piece from Farrell was
spilled by the keeper to Harper, who couldn’t quite adjust her feet to finish. A
rare attack from Ilminster was thwarted with around 5 minutes to go, as Gosling
pulled off a superb save low to her left.
Final score, Ilminster
After the game, manager Jamie McInnes commented: “In our final game of
the season, we produced our best 90-minute performance without question. The
ladies were well aware of the ramifications of losing today, and I was
particularly delighted with how we began the game and played during the first
half. We have tended to start slowly in games, but that wasn’t the case today.
Even going a goal behind today did nothing to halt our efforts. The equaliser
was fully deserved and we were unlucky in the end not to win the game, we
certainly had the better quality and quantity of chance.
"From back to front,
everybody gave their maximum today and it show in the performance. Neave and
our defence have had to deal with an awful lot of pressure this season, but
looked solid and organised today. Our midfield displayed determination and a
little bit of bite to win the 50/50s and our attacking players caused problems
for the Ilminster defence all game. It was a proper team performance and I
couldn’t ask for anymore from the girls. Myself and Rich (assistant manager)
made it abundantly clear to the girls at the end of the game how proud we were
"A point from today’s
game has taken us back out of the bottom two, but we know we still have to rely
on another result next Sunday. I take a positive outlook on it and I do believe
we have done enough. Portsihead have been in good form recently, including an
excellent win over third placed Callington today, so I think that will be a
tough game for Forest Green next Sunday, who will be under pressure knowing they
must at least match our point today. Whatever happens next week, we know we have
left everything on the pitch today.”