ON A glorious autumn afternoon, Wonthaggi United welcomed Korumburra City and the visitors prevailed 5-1 in the men, but the home team were too strong in the women’s match.
From the outset Korumburra made use of a one-player advantage in the men’s game and knocked the ball around well.
Wonthaggi was resilient in defence stopping attack after attack and used the pace of their attacking duo to good effect, creating some good early chances.
April Htoo was a constant threat to the Burra goal, with his lightening pace, however it was Burra’s passing game that unlocked the first goal. An excellent link up play between Tom Sorrell, Daniel Lloyd and Aiden Richards created the opening for Tom to slot home the first of the game.
Burra continued to boss the midfield and a few minutes later Richards was through and put it cleanly past the keeper.
As the half time whistle blew it was Burra 2 Wonthaggi 0.
As the second half went on and players tired, more opportunities developed for Burra. Hayden Smith stepped up with two wonderful long range strikes from the edge of the area giving the Wonthaggi keeper Simon Haines no chance.
Midway through the second half, April Htoo got a deserved conciliation goal after riding a tackle from the Burra defensive line to squeeze the ball past cagey Phil Richards in the Burra goal.
As the light got low, it was Burra’s Daniel Lloyd who put the icing on the cake for a well-deserved Burra win by scoring another well-worked goal.
Although the Burra women’s side lost, there are good signs moving forward. City competed very well, despite two players withdrawing from the game early due to injuries but Wonthaggi recorded a 3-1 win.
Wonthaggi were missing Jazmin and Olivia due to injury took to the field with only one sub.
The home side dominated early but were thwarted by the Korumburra keeper.
Korumburra’s back four, Amber Cull, Jodie Olden, Rose Hurst and Jess Halkett were fantastic repeatedly stopping attacks.
Wonthaggi’s keeper Kylie was strong and her defensive line up was not letting anything in. Beautiful long kicks from Una were perfectly placed for the Wonthaggi attackers, who missed several opportunities to score. Late in the first half Wonthaggi striker Alycia M scored and Wonthaggi headed to the half time break confident with a 1-0.
In the second half, after a pep talk by coach Halkett, Korumburra attacked constantly but shots went straight at the keeper.
Wonthaggi responded in defence with Amy and Ailsa in top form.
New to the role, midfielder Meg was amazing, working tirelessly with the assistance of Mel and the use of the wings.
Wonthaggi had several more opportunities.
Late in the second half Dietmar wanted a change, swapping forwards and keepers to create a new look Wonthaggi team.
With the change up, Alycia M from the wing scored another goal, taking the scores to 2-0.
Finally, perseverance saw a ball in the net through a great never give up effort from
With the scores at 2-1 the game slowed slightly, until a brilliant chip over the keeper’s head gave new striker Alecia B her second goal of the season and Wonthaggi a 3-1 victory.
“At the end of the day I cannot fault our endeavour, hustle, and never give up attitude, each game there is improvement,” Korumburra coach Halkett said afterwards.
Korumburra hit the pitch with a depleted side, some talented players out. Once more some under 14 Korumburra players filled the void and played their hardest.
Wonthaggi showed their might and relentlessly attacked.
Joey McNeil had an outstanding game in goal, brilliantly saving many shots on goal by Wonthaggi.
Curtis Gardner played exceptionally well assisting Jaxon Checkley who managed to find the net for Korumburra on two occasions.
It was an impressive win for the Wonthaggi U16s who have had a tough start to the season due to a lack of numbers.
Fielding only 10 players the Wonthaggi team pushed early opening scoring form the first whistle.
Scoring five goals in a stand out performance, Paul Fitzgerald was on fire. Two more from Jack Donohue and one extra from Charlie McDonald saw Wonthaggi take their first win of the season in a very comfortable fashion 8-2.
Under 16 Girls
Due to low numbers the under 16 girls played a great friendly game against Wonthaggi on a reduced field.
All girls put in practice the skills they have been developing.
Dakota Decarlo showed amazing dedication after a huge game in the Women’s and also having already played Under 16 mixed earlier in the day.
A real credit to the fast-paced talented young lady.
Wonthaggi scored three goals including two to Faith.
Charli and Laura were wonderful defenders and Milly was an excellent goalie.
Korumburra Under 12s team had their best game to date, showing a much better structure during the game against Wonthaggi.
For most of the game both teams competed evenly with Wonthaggi scoring the first goal followed by Korumburra scoring a great team goal finished off by Will Roberts.
Strong defence by Korumburra kept the score to 1-1 at half time. Korumburra started the second half strongly with Zane Brady scoring quickly to give them the lead.
Korumburra had a number of opportunities to score, but couldn’t quite get it into the net.
Korumburra tired and Wonthaggi took advantage kicking the next three goals to win 4-2. Great defence again from City’s Pat Morris in goal, Fern Hurst and Tom Veltri. An outstanding effort in the forward line from Will Roberts.