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    2019 - 02.21

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    Nanjing Night Net

    WOMEN’S soccer is building momentum on the Far South Coast.

    The Bega Devils have been boosted by an influx of junior players stepping up from the under 16s, while the Wolumla Tigresses welcome back some returning players.

    In matches this week, the Pink Devils were on the wrong side of a 6-4 scoreline against Merimbula, while the Tigresses levelled 2-2 with the Pambula Penguinettes.

    Devils spokeswoman Kerryn Constable said the side had been boosted by “fit young legs” as players came up from the under 16s.

    “We have people like Chloe Harlow and Lucy Holzhauser, those girls are like ‘I can’t wait to play in the ladies’,” Constable said.

    “Some of them are still eligible to play in the 16s, but they really coulnd’t wait tog et up and be part of the close-knit team.

    “And we are more than happy to have them.”

    The Devils opened the scoring early as Seanine Cooper fired one into the net from a solid cross.

    Constable said the Devils had controlled play for 95 per cent of the game and was going “goal for goal” with Merimbula, but fitness proved a factor.

    “We were lucky we had a couple of subs – for me it’s good because I am the oldest person on the team,” she said with a laugh.

    “We’just got to really work on our fitness – stepping it up really does make a diffeence, having subs helps, but it breaks the flow of play.”

    Unlike other club’s who have struggled early on for numbers, the Devils are going strong.

    “I don’t think the interest was just because we won the grand final, we just had the 16s who were ready to come up and play with the ladies,” Constable said.

    The team receieved some words of encouragement from the coach after the game and the future looks bright for the club.

    “We’ll plan to come out and play good football and to keep learning and growing as a team,” Constable said.

    At Wolumla, the Tigresses were still one player short.

    “We were short again with 10 taking the field, including Soph who was still limping from last week,” coach Kirsty McPaul said.

    She said the Penguinettes were focused, fit and well-drilled.

    It was Michaela Wilson in her new role as sweeper picking up woman of the match honours.

    “She kept the rest of the back line organised by containing Pambula’s danger players and made many last line of defence sprints and saves,” McPaul said.

    Pambula scored late in the first half from a fantastic shot that floated just into the top corner of the net.

    However, McPaul levelled the odds just after the break.

    McPaul was taking a corner kick, but instead of sending a wide cross, booted a short one-two pass to Katrina Oldham.

    Oldham passed the ball back to McPaul, who then kicked a high shot that curled into the top corner of the net.

    The Tigresses got ahead shortly after when a hustle of play on the right wing had Anna Martin making deep runs in Pambula territory.

    As both teams flocked in, Martin shot a good cross to Amy Legge, who weaved through three defenders to score a goal.

    Unfortunately for the home squad, Pambula scored as the clock wound down.

    Play had fluctuated back to Wolumla’s defensive lines and goalie Judith Orman stopped the initial shot.

    However, the ball slipped from her hands and a quick kick from the Penguinettes levelled the score.

    Neither team could capitalise in the final minutes for the score to finish level 2-2.

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