Rachael Dennison in action for the Chinchilla Honeybears in Toowoomba on the weekend.
Rachael Dennison in action for the Chinchilla Honeybears in Toowoomba on the weekend. Contributed

Wanderers cruel hopes of Honeybears victory in dying minutes

SOCCER: The Chinchilla Honeybears took on West Wanderers in Toowoomba on Sunday. The Honeybears came into the game on the back of a solid victory last time out which got them back into the top four.

The Honeybears started brightly and it took some fantastic goalkeeping to keep them out. Drue Hope found herself through on goal early on in the first half however she was quickly closed down by an impressive Wanderers Goalkeeper saving smartly down low.

The Wanderers did however look extremely dangerous on the counter attack and came the closest in the first half to breaking the deadlock after an impressive save from Honeybears goalkeeper Breah McWha the ball fell kindly for the Wanderers striker however the Wanderers watched the ball cannon back off the post and then the crossbar. The Honeybears were living dangerously in the first half and were lucky not to fall behind right on half time after the Wanderers again caused problems inside the Honeybears penalty area and again were denied by the post.

The second half was much of the same with the Honeybears had a little more penetration through the Wanderers defence with Imogene Forrest having her best game in a Honeybears shirt since stepping up from the Junior side. Forrest caused all sorts of problems down the left-hand side and it was hard work from Forrest that won the ball back for the Honeybears in the 72 minute and the ball fell to Sally Carroll for Carroll to turn and run at the Wanderers defence and calmly rounded the advancing goalkeeper to give the Honeybears the lead.

The Honeybears started to press and should have doubled their lead towards the end of the game however Kim Priem was unable to find the target after some more good lead up play from Imogene Forrest on the left. Priem struck her shot just wide of the Wanderers goal.

The Honeybears were made to pay in the 88th minute after the Wanderers won a free kick just outside the Honeybears penalty area. They flighted a delightful ball to the far post were an unmarked Jessie Gilbey-Martin was there to tap home from close range. The game ended with the score tied at 1-1.

Coach Tim Taylor said: "Unfortunately we were far from our best today. Really, we were probably lucky to come away with a draw we were second best for most of the game. There were some positives for me to take out of the game with the two Juniors Imogene Forrest and Alyssa Cox having great games. They worked extremely hard for us today and it's getting harder and harder every week to leave them out of the starting line-up.”

"The standout for me today though was Imogene Forrest. Young Immy has taken a bit to find her feet for the seniors but she was outstanding today. She has definitely put her name in the mix for a starting spot in the next game. She has always had the silky footwork but lacked a little in the physical battles but today she proved that she can do both. On a bad day for us she was definitely a shining light.”

The Honeybears next game is Sunday, May 28 at 1pm at the Chinchilla Rec Grounds with the senior men kicking off at 11am.


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