WPL vs Waimak

Waimak 0 – 3 Coastal Spirit

The lead-up to this game on Good Friday was unsettled by questions over whether Waimak would field a competitive or indeed any team. Our challenge was to keep focussed on putting in a strong performance.

In the event the team Waimak fielded was not much weakened and was well organised. It was clear early on that their tactics were to set up a disciplined defensive block which held its shape for the whole match.

Playing with the wind at our backs and with the turf playing very fast we squandered some of our possession with over-weighted and too many vertical passes. However with Jones and Rebecca Lake directing things well from central defence and good switches of play through midfield, especially from Whitney, we began to be more effective. Tahlia was winning enormous amounts of possession in midfield and it looked like a matter of time before we would be able to carve out and convert clear chances.

Emma was getting forward well from right back and she got assists for the first 2 goals. First, on 11 minutes, she got to the goal line and crossed for Mel to control well with her first touch and hook the ball high into the net with her second. And then on the 42nd minute she crossed long and diagonally from 30 yards out to the back post where Arna raced into to score with a classy volley.

The second half saw much the same pattern of dominance versus a compact defence. We created more chances but were not as accurate as we would have liked in the final third. Our 3rd goal came on 63 minutes when Cody did well on the right to square the ball across, where Mel won the ball in a contest and converted from close range.

Apart from one clear cut chance for Waimak, which Una saved well, our clean sheet was comfortable.

Our challenge going forward is for more accuracy in our combinations and but overall it was a good intelligent performance from the girls. Player of the day was Whitney who was an excellent pivot for our possession throughout the game.