CLOSE MATCH: The Chinchilla Honeybears took on Dalby in their knock-out semi-final on Sunday.
CLOSE MATCH: The Chinchilla Honeybears took on Dalby in their knock-out semi-final on Sunday. Contributed

Honeybears knocked out in extra time

Soccer: The Chinchilla Honeybears took on Dalby in their knockout semi-final on Sunday. The Honeybears came into the game in good form having won their last two games.

The Honeybears started the game brightly with Annie Johnson threatening early on with a near post shot that was well saved by the Dalby goalkeeper.

Midfielder Elouise Stanford was next to try her luck firing a left foot volley towards goal that flew just wide.

Dalby rarely threatened early on, looking dangerous from set pieces but unable to get a clear shot at goal.

The Honeybears almost took the lead midway through the first half when Nikola Stevenson found space inside the penalty area and fired a shot but the Dalby Keeper got down quickly to tip the ball around the post. The Honeybears last effort of the first half fell to Kirsty Weedon who fired a well timed shot from all of 30 metres that flew just over the crossbar.

The sides went in at half time with the Honeybears on top but unable to convert their dominance into goals.

The second half started with the Honeybears suffering a huge blow with star midfielder Sally Carroll picking up an injury.

Dalby grew into the game after Carroll's departure and were starting to threaten on the counter attack.

As in the first half Dalby's best chance to take the lead was from set pieces and they won a free kick outside the penalty area but found Honeybears Goalkeeper Bonnie Callaghan in top form pluck the ball from just under her crossbar in a heart stopping moment for the Honeybears.

As the half drew to a close Dalby created their first real chance after the Honeybears failed to cut out a through ball, but the Dalby striker was unable to beat Callaghan.

With both teams tiring clear chances were few and far between, the second half ending with the score 0-0 and the game heading into extra time.

The Honeybears came out firing in the first half of extra time and were unlucky not to take the lead after a missed clearance from the Dalby defence presented the ball to Annie Johnson but somehow a recovering Dalby Keeper managed to tip it over the crossbar.

However, for all the Honeybears dominance it was to be Dalby's day. With minutes remaining Dalby won a corner that Callaghan seemed to have caught only to be bundled into the net by the Dalby striker in what looked like a foul on the Honeybears Goalkeeper. But the referee allowed the goal to stand leaving the Honeybears wondering what could have been with the game ending Dalby 1, Chinchilla Honeybears 0.

Coach Tim Taylor said it was a tough pill to swallow.

"Anyone who watched the game could see that we were on top and comfortable for the entire game,” he said.

"As far as the goal goes it was a clear foul on our goalkeeper but that's football I guess it comes down to the referee's interpretation of the rule. In saying that we had plenty of chances to kill the game but were just unlucky today.

"The ladies were amazing we played some brilliant football its just a shame it had to end like that. There was a lot of tears the ladies put their heart and soul into today they are physically and mentally exhausted. But we now look to next season with some unfinished business.”

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