Junee travelled to Rawlings Park Wagga on Sunday and played against Wagga United in a top game of football that saw some very fast action, some great attacking play coupled with solid defence from both sides.
Junee took the game 6-2 after leading 4-0 at the break and were never really in trouble, controlling controlled much of the game through great passing and possession play.
Junee’s goalkeeper, Ange Barclay, played a great game in defence and played her keeper/sweeper role to perfection turning many Wagga attacks away with solid clearances.
Prue Duncan, Abby Foley, Laine Seary and Phoebe Quinn in the backs, along with Abby Lewis, Elisha Ward and Ash Goode in mid-field, were very solid in defence and were able to successfully turn most Wagga attacks away.
Goals came in the 15th , 25th , 27th and 30th minutes of the first half, handing Junee a strong lead into the half time break. Scorers were Elisha Ward, Ash Goode, Kara Hancock and Ash Goode.
The second half saw a turn around from Wagga United, who scored off a corner.
As players tired the game opened up a little and Wagga United were able to build some momentum and get eight shots at goal during the remainder of the match.
Junee stepped up a gear and replied in the 55th minute to restore the four goal lead with Suz Waia netting.
Another goal was scored by Wagga United in the 61st minute but again, Junee kept the pressure going forward and found the net in the 68th minute to hit their sixth with Suz Waia again finding the back of the net.
Junee put together 14 shots at goal in the second half and if the sights had been right, there could have been a few more goals on the tally.
The general play by Junee was excellent with lots of movement on and off the ball, creating many chances and the work by the Junee strikers was fantastic and with the great service out of mid-field, lots of opportunities were created.
It was a great team effort and the squad was pleased how the game went and how they played for much of the game.
The training is showing good signs in the way the team is developing into a very strong unit and with the focus on getting that right, the rewards will come along.
Best for Junee Suz Waia, Elisha Ward, Abby Foley and Angela Barclay closely followed by the remainder of the squad.
Junee will meet South Wagga at Burns Park next Sunday in what promises to be a very even game with both teams posting solid results.
Women’s Leonard and Madden soccer reports provided by Craig Duncan.