We walked away with the much needed three points from our wash-out game against Perth Glory this week.
What a busy week it has been, two games in five days. Let-s start with the Canberra game.
Regardless of the result, having been defeated 2-1, I felt that the girls played exceptionally well. We managed to hold the top of the table dwellers to 0-0 until half time, which was really pleasing.
Canberra United is an extremely high scoring team and we knew going into the match that we had to hold them out for as long as we could.
We had a few opportunities to score but be lacked execution in the front third. I felt that the couple of our one-on-one battles we had with Canberra-s Goal Keeper could have been converted but we were unlucky.
On a more positive note, we walked away with the much needed three points from our wash-out game against Perth Glory on Wednesday night. The intensity of the match against Glory wasn-t as high as the Canberra game but it was nice to finally gain a victory.
The girls delivered great football, adopting the style of play they were displaying against Canberra. Unfortunately we lost Hannah Brewer from the field in the 67th minute which shifted the field dynamic.
We were confident by this stage in the game having acquired a 3-goal lead, but when we conceded a goal, we dropped our heads slightly. The girls then dug deep and pressed on, making sure not to concede any more goals.
The girls are taking a short-lived yet lucky break over the Christmas period with our next match not until New Year-s Eve. We play Sydney FC in Sydney and there-s no doubt that game will be particularly tough.
In the lead up to that match we will work on individual programs and high intensity training. We-ll prepare for Sydney the same as we did for Canberra, in the hope of holding them to a low scoring game.
We will need to contain and delay their attacking third to stay in the game. Sydney has such talented players in their squad, and so many to choose from. The luxury of rotation this late in the season is very beneficial.
Our girls will take to the field with a solid eleven and will be prepared for a tough and physical match.
Stealing the victory from Sydney will be a bonus, but we will be looking to our up coming games against Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory to gain more points on the ladder board, as we still have our sights set on making the top four.