SMASHED: Chinchilla Honeybears’ Claire Valler about to snap one towards Dalby’s goal at the Chinchilla Recreation Grounds on Saturday evening.
SMASHED: Chinchilla Honeybears’ Claire Valler about to snap one towards Dalby’s goal at the Chinchilla Recreation Grounds on Saturday evening. Matthew Newton

Honeybears thrash Dalby 7-0

FOOTBALL: The Saturday night local derby clash against Dalby saw the Chinchilla Honeybears pile on the points to claim a 7-0 victory, forcing their way into the competition’s top four.

Both sides started a little rusty after not playing for the last two weeks and found it hard going in the first ten minutes.

The Honeybears eventually found their feet and started knocking the ball around confidently and were starting to put the Dalby defence under pressure. Chinchilla had a couple of great chances to take the lead however some poor finishing let them down.

The Honeybears eventually broke the deadlock when Rachael Dennison played a ball in from the left and a miscued shot from Claire Valler saw substitute Kim Priem tap in from close range on 31 minutes.

The Honeybears continued to pile on the pressure in the first half but found Dalby goalkeeper Erin Shannon-Dear difficult to beat.

The Honeybears started the second half extremely well creating plenty of chances but unable to find a way to put the ball into the back of net, but it felt as though once Chinchilla got a second goal the flood gates would open.

And that’s was exactly what happened when Claire Valler whipped a corner into the box, after bouncing around it fell perfectly for Sally Carroll to smash home from close range on 55 minutes.

Seven minutes later it was 3-0 when the impressive Drue Hope found herself free in the box and confidently slotted the ball into the back of the net. Claire Valler and Elouise Stanford then added one goal each, while Sally Carroll took another two to claim her hat-trick.

Chinchilla saw out the game claiming a very impressive 7-0 victory. Coach Tim Taylor said the second half was where the Honeybears started playing some great football.

“Everyone fought hard for each other today but the stand out for me was Drue Hope. I am fairly sure the Dalby left back will have nightmares about it tonight as Drue was in inspired form creating plenty of chances and was probably unlucky to not get more goals,” he said.

“Also Shanaya Young making her debut tonight played well. She still has a lot to learn about the game as she has never played at this level before but early signs were positive.”

The Honeybears next play Warwick, who are sitting third on the ladder.


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