Junee hosted Henwood Park on Sunday and came away with a 3-0 loss that has been taken as a reality check for the players.
Junee started well enough and were keeping up with the Hawks until the 18th minute when Junee’s defence was caught out badly and the resulting goal saw the score-line read 1-0 to the visitors.
From that point Junee was under the pump and had to work very hard to keep the visitors at bay.
Junee had four shots at goal for the half whilst the visitors got 11 shots away and were dominating the centre of the park.
The second half was a similar trend to the first with Junee unable to control the middle of the park and was constantly under pressure from the Hawks’ attack.
Two more goals came in the second half for the visitors and Junee was forced to defend seven corners.
The whistle blew full time on a 3-0 loss and Junee will benefit from the experience.
Best for Junee was Billie Deacon, Laine Seary, Abby Foley and Natasha Lamb.
Junee travels to Cootamundra for their next game.
Junee hosted Wagga United at Burns Park and came away with a strong 4-1 result that sees the team maintain top spot.
Junee had to work hard to get over a very determined Wagga United and found the going tough.
Junee had much of the possession in the half and did not concede a shot on goal, but only managed two goals from 11 shots.
Kara Hancock and Amandine Brault found the net in the 16th and 25th minutes respectively off good plays that gave the strikers every opportunity to finish.
The second half was a little tighter at the beginning and Junee were caught out when United had a chance at goal and converted it to reduce Junee’s lead to 2-1.
This had the effect of lifting both teams and Junee again found themselves working the ball around and dominating much of the possession and field position, forcing two more goals from Hancock and Brault.
It was a very strong game by Junee and while there is still improvement to come, they team is playing well and working well and will be focusing on each game as it comes up to ensure that they put their best performance on the park each game.
Best for Junee was Natasha Lamb, Amandine Brault, Billie Deacon and Jade McCormack.
Junee faces Lake Albert next.
Henwood Park coach Ryan McKenzie admitted his side were taken by surprise against competitions strugglers Junee on Sunday afternoon.
The Hawks emerged 4-2 victors at Burns Park but trailed 2-0 in the 30th minute after the Jaguars came out firing on their home patch.
“They really surprised us and they were hungry, much hungrier than we were,” McKenzie said.
McKenzie was key to the Hawks’ fightback, scoring a hat-trick in the second half.