Match Review: Capital hearts crushed with stalemate at Central

From the off set, Capital set the tone of the game and started strong with Emma Rolston with a one on one with Courtney Norman 30 seconds into the game.

Capital continued to press the whole first half with several clear opportunities and breaking through the Central back line throughout the half without any success. Emma Rolston again with the best of the Capital chances after superb work from several Capital players including Kennedy Bryant, Lucy Stotter and Evie Millynn.

Central did have a couple of chances in the first half with the best chance falling to Emma Boyak who couldn’t make the most of a break in the Capital defence and goalkeeper Cushla Lichtwark made a great one on one save to keep the game tied at halftime.

Capital started the second half the way they finished the first and were on top until around 70 minutes where Central had a run of play that put Capital on the back foot with good build up play through their midfield and forwards Boyak and Barnett.

At 75 minutes Emily McColl made a superb last gasp tackle to save Capital after a superb through ball put Barnett one on one only for McColl to come from nowhere to save Capital.

That woke Capital up and for the last 15 minutes the game opened up and Capital worked hard to gain that winning goal. Hannah Wall and substitute Renee Bacon made some great work down the wings for chances to fall again to Rolston and Evie Millynn for both to miss and kept Capital chasing that elusive winning goal. Hannah Wall tried to break the duck from long range and tested Norman for her only to tip past the post and Capital to receive another corner in the game.

Capital chased their first win of the campaign with Head Coach Paul Greig pleased with the performance. “The girls were superb today and worked extremely well together as a unit. Last week we didn’t create chances, this week we created several clear cut opportunities but sadly couldn’t find the back of the net. The girls are upset and rightly so as we should have walked away with the full points but we will take the positives from the game and work hard this week to go into next weekend against Football South. This will be a game that will test the girls and hopefully we can take our chances. The support has been excellent for the girls and they really appreciate it. They have worked extremely hard on making the football we play enjoyable to watch and a style and brand that people want to see. We just need to be more clinical in front of goal now and start to work our way up the table. We are confident though as a group and we know that it will come.”

Next game is Football South in Dunedin Sunday 11th November 1.00pm kick off.


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