Berkeley Vale vs Barnswoneworth WAA – Round 5 Match Report

Saturday night and we were looking forward to our first Sunday with a full squad. Fast forward a few hours and we were down to 13 and 2 minutes to kick off and we only had 9. Thankfully Libby, Chloe and Cloe arrived while the captains were taking part in the coin toss and we started with 11 on the field and a sub. (apparently Berkley Vale is quite hard to find!)

With Kelly K at home sick, Libby took the gloves and was the busiest of the 2 keepers for much of the first half. Her diving save at full stretch kept us in the game at 0-0 as Berkley had the better of the opening 10 minutes. Sadly Bec was forced out of the game with a recurring injury after only 15 minutes leaving us with only 1 sub. (Angelique had now arrived!)

The young Berkley team continued to press but a solid defence and alert Libby in goal did a great job at keeping them at bay.  Our midfield were trying to break free at every opportunity and finally a stunning strike from Beth (toe punt) from 20 yards smashed the back of the net for her first goal in red and white and we took a 1-0 lead.

It was more of the same as the half continued. A few instructions from the coach to striker Chloe for her to drop deeper led to her picking up the ball just inside our half, what happened next was all her own work. Chloe Maradona, Ronaldo McDonough turned and started dribbling across the half way line at pace, she beat one defender, then another and another. As she entered the box the keeper tried to make herself as big as possible but she was no match for the delicate chip into the far corner for a beautiful individual goal. 2-0.
Half Time and a mystery illness suddenly saw Cloé withdraw from the game and spend the next 40 minutes emptying the contents of her stomach!

With only 11 fit players the second half was always gonna be tough but tough is what this team is fast becoming! Chloe made it 3-0 before Berkley got one back. A gritty, hardworking performance made sure that was a mere consolation for the girls in blue.
Special mention to player of the day Sarah who was immense as usual at the back, a battling performance from Jayne and a clean sheet for Kelly L who went in goal for the last 15.

Goals: Chloe McGonough (2), Beth Watt

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