INVERLOCH’S Senior Women’s team faced off against Warragul at Warragul in unfavourable conditions after considerable rain.
The ground extremely muddy and even more rain fell throughout most of the game.
Despite this Inverloch had a strong start and kept the ball in their attacking half early on. The first goal came after a free kick awarded to Inverloch and was taken by Emily Smith. Smith kicked the ball straight to the keeper who fumbled but luckily Smith had followed her kick in and was there to send it straight into goal.
Warragul made several attempts to run for goal but Inverloch’s solid defence line soon shut them down. Inverloch continued to dominate the game and a second goal came from Smith who sent the ball flying over the Warragul keeper’s head and into goal.
At half time Inverloch lead 2-0. Inverloch came out firing again with several early attempts at goal. A free kick was awarded to Inverloch after a handball and this resulted in another goal to Inverloch. Inverloch lead 3-0. Warragul continued to fight back but Inverloch were very strong in defence and Fiona Richardson in the midfield was never far from the action putting in a stellar performance. Smith and Kat Olive made a great run for goal and Smith put in Inverloch’s fourth goal for the match, to lead 4-0. Warragul made a run and put their first score on the board late in the second half. Inverloch prevailed 4-1.
The Stars knew they’d be in for a tough game in their first clash against Warragul, as they wouldn’t be able to play their typical brand of flowing football due to the heavy conditions.
The Stars started strongly, with Jordan and Ethan Tomas linking up well down the left-hand side. A sharp interchange of passes by the two brothers put Jordan into some space, which he sprinted on to before pulling the ball to the edge of the box for Barry Farrell to smash in the first goal for the Stars.
More hard running from Jordan led to a cross that Ethan controlled with his chest before putting in to the back of the net.
Warragul started to string some passes together and managed a decent shot which was well saved by Bremner, playing in goal for the Stars.
Jordan Tomas was having a fantastic day; his strength on the ball and ability to make the right pass was putting the Stars in control.
A determined run by Jordan for what others may have seen as a lost cause resulted in a pin-point cross, which was volleyed in by Ethan for his second goal. Mitch Jackson popped up to slot in a fourth Stars’ goal and a well-deserved moment of glory, reflecting his hard work during the first half.
Warragul managed to pull one back with a well hit shot from outside the box, which the keeper got a finger to, but it wasn’t enough to push it over the bar. It was 4-1 to the Stars at half time.
The second half saw the Warragul team come out firing and they commanded the first 20 minutes. A long ball played through was missed by the resolute Stars defence and was well taken by the Warragul number 12 to make it 4-2.
Warragul continued to push and, from a free kick, managed to nick another goal. The last 25 minutes of the game were well controlled by the Stars, with many good opportunities created and it was from a corner that the unstoppable Jordan Tomas got his head to a cross from his younger brother to make it 5-3 to the Stars. A well-deserved victory for the Stars in difficult conditions.
More soccer in this weeks edition of the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.
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