THE Wonthaggi Wolves, still licking their wounds after last week’s crushing defeat against a much stronger ‘Top of the Table’ Phillip Island, took to the field this week to face a fierce looking Korumburra women’s team who is desperately clinging to hopes of a finals berth this season.
Wonthaggi welcomed back midfielder Alyse Brusamarello, who quickly made her presence felt, taking possession and control of the game early.
With Wonthaggi’s regular keeper unavailable, young gun Caitlyn Taylor once again put on the gloves and quickly put her ninja goalkeeping skills to good use with some spectacular saves.
Wonthaggi’s striker Alycia Marotta put two goals in the net early to give Wonthaggi a comfortable lead and Wonthaggi pushed hard.
Brilliant work in defence as always by Michaela Tong kept Korumburra out of the game and another goal late in the half by Alycia Marotta saw Wonthaggi head to the half time break with a convincing 3-0 lead.
Korumburra coach Lucy Macpherson inspired her side in the half time break and Korumburra came out firing.
An unlucky fumble in the box saw Korumburra striker Tara Wallace score and it wasn’t long before she had her second.
With Wonthaggi’s lead slipping away, both teams fought hard, with fantastic competitive spirit but no one was able to convert as the keepers were kept busy.
Korumburra’s Chloe Rodda put her massive shot to good use, while Wonthaggi defenders Alannah Stein, Kylie Steer and Amy Torrens controlled their half.
With the clocking ticking Wonthaggi’s coach Dietmar again shuffled his team, which proved effective and a long shot on goal sore Alycia Marotta get one over the keeper Treen Stoel’s gloves.
Korumburra was not giving up and a Tara Wallace was able to find the net once more before the final whistle blew.
It was a close result for both teams with Wonthaggi walking away with 4-3 victory.
Leongatha v Phillip Island
Due to the vicious wet weather that battered South Gippsland the previous day, the Leongatha Knights Football Club pitches were looking significantly worse for wear during Round 12.
Determined not to abandon their game, both Leongatha and Phillip Island agreed to move their game to the Knights’ training pitch which, though smaller in size, was thankfully much firmer.
Both teams started strong with some clumping of players occurring on the reduced-size pitch.
The Knights quickly found their momentum and were able to slot three goals into the net before half time courtesy of Kathy Zacharopoulos.
Leongatha’s defensive line-up of Kim Kirkus, Jess Burrowes, Pauline Graewe, Emily Cotterill and Jordan Rintoule played brilliantly and continually frustrated Phillip Island with their deflections.
A consistent wind and working uphill proved a greater challenge in the second half for the home team.
The always speedy Karlie Blunden managed to send another goal in for Leongatha but Phillip Island took advantage of the wind and scored two goals.
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