Chinchilla Honeybears thrash USQ
FOOTBALL: The Chinchilla Honeybears took on an in-form USQ on Sunday in Dalby in a game that could prove to be a season defining moment for both sides.
The Honeybears came into the game on the back of a convincing 4-0 win against fellow finals hopeful St Albans.
With USQ in fourth position, five points clear of the Honeybears, the Honeybears could not afford to let the gap between them and the top four get any bigger.
The Honeybears flew out of the blocks creating chance after chance and took the lead as early as the 6th minute.
With some good pressure from Joha Zambrano winning the ball for the Honeybears on the right wing and the loose ball fell to Sally Carroll who turned her defender inside out to rocket the ball into the top corner.
The pressure from the Honeybears was relentless and USQ had no answer as Rachael Dennison won the ball in the midfield and some neat play between Kim Preim and Sally Carroll saw Preim through on goal and calmly placed the ball beyond a helpless USQ goalkeeper.
The entire complexion could have changed in the 12th minute when USQ won a penalty for a foul inside the box.
But Honeybears goalkeeper Justeen Kruger stepped up for her side and saved the resulting penalty to keep the Honeybears two goals to the good.
From there, the Honeybears grew in confidence and increased their lead in the 17th minute when Sally Carroll, again given to much time on the ball, played an inch perfect cross for Claire Valler to control and slot passed the USQ goalkeeper.
The pressure kept coming from the Honeybears and after a goalmouth scramble, the Honeybears won a penalty themselves for a handball in the box.
Nikola Stevenson stepped up to take the penalty and calmly increased the Honeybears lead with an unstoppable penalty to the bottom right hand corner.
It only got worse for USQ at the 33rd minute when the Honeybears put together the best move of the match with a goal that screamed of a side full of confidence.
The ball was passed around on the edge of the box by the Honeybears patiently waiting for the moment to strike, and that came when Claire Valler found herself with enough room to thunder a strike into the back of the net from all of 30 metres.
Just before half-time, the Honeybears made it 6-0 with Claire Valler again shooting from distance, this time with the aid of a heavy deflection, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
The second half was a very scrappy affair with the Honeybears finding it hard to match the first half intensity.
USQ tried to fight their way back into the match but got little change out of a very impressive Honeybears defence.
Another goal from Sally Carroll made it 7-0 at the final whistle.
“We knew this game was a must win if we were serious about making the top four,” coach Tim Taylor said.
“The ladies didn’t let me down they were untouchable today.
“If we can consistently play like we did in the first half today there are not many teams that will be able to cope with us.”