Bobcats pounce on Gunners
INJURIES and missing players could not prevent the Maclean Women's Bobcats from chalking up their maiden North Coast Football victory, 5-2, over the South Services Gunners on Saturday.
Fitness, fatigue and a lack of experience prevented the Bobcats from scoring its first points against the Urunga Raiders last week, but the squad has shown how much difference a week can make.
Due to the game being played away and work commitments for some of the players, the squad named only 10 starting players and within 10 minutes, were down to nine players through injury.
Instead of dropping their heads, the injury seemed to have the reverse effect on the squad, with the players settling to their tasks and getting on with the job.
With great work from the Bobcats goalie and defensive line, and the midfield pushing up to support the lone striker, the Bobcats were able to keep the Gunners scoreless in the first half.
The Bobcats made the early breakthrough when the ball was sent forward into the Gunners final third and the lone forward was able to help it on its way into the back of the net.
The goal sparked the Gunners players into life but they could not find a way through the tough Bobcats defence.
Exhausted at half-time and facing another half of intense pressure from the home team, the Bobcats spirits were lifted when their injured player was able to take to the field again.
The Gunners never gave up and fought hard to get back in the game, but with a full complement of players on the field, the Bobcats were too strong and thanks to three decisive goals, took out the game and the first win of the season with an impressive 5-2 score.
The Bobcats have another away game next weekend against Corindi and then a home game on May 16 at 1pm.