|2022 U17G||7th May 12:00pm||League Round 2||SSC Polo Ground Pitch 2|
After a positive display in the previous round, Woodside U17G travelled to Strathalbyn to take on the team from Stirling with an early 12noon start. Hopes were high for another close and entertaining fixture against an opponent that are always tough to play and well prepared.
It was a brisk and overcast afternoon and Woodside were lucky enough to be kicking with the assistance of a useful breeze for the first half. The game started positively and Woodside made a number of forays forward but soon after Stirling broke through the defensive line and opened the scoring. In the midfield, Lou and Leila pushed the ball beyond Stirling's defensive line on a number of occasions and Grace and Star continued to press forward in search of an elusive goal with some positive moves. A free kick on the edge of the box gave some hope but a superb attempt from Sarah was thwarted by the alert Stirling goalkeeper. Unfortunately, Woodside was constantly under pressure forcing Alice, Rosie, Sarah and Sophie to work hard in defence. Stirling was able to push through the defensive line to find themselves with only the keeper to beat. Despite Karina's best endeavours, Stirling were clinical with their finishing and continued to find the back of the net, making the most of their chances and headed into half time with a solid advantage that would be difficult to peg back.
After half time, the midfield was bolstered to try and stop Stirling's run and to provide more forward impetus into the breeze. Woodside seemed to tire quickly and a lack of bench rotation saw many players running on empty but they continued to soldier on. Woodside still pushed forward at times but were mostly pinned back in their defensive half. Alexandra and Tilly joined the defence and toiled hard to provide much needed pressure on the Stirling players. Nonetheless, Stirling again made the most of their chances and continued to score regularly. Woodside showed great spirit to fight the game out until the end. Woodside was comprehensively beaten on the day by a better opponent, giving team management food for thought leading into next week's round.
All players tried hard despite tired legs. Honourable mentions must go to Alice, Grace, Lou, Rosie, and Sarah who played in the earlier game and who fought on gamely.
No doubt players will be keen to get their first win for the season with a strong performance next week.