Miners grind out win
GYMPIE women’s Miners have retained outright lead at the top of the Sunshine Coast soccer ladder following a scrappy 1-0 victory over Coolum last week.
Coach Mike Donaldson said the Gympie girls were off the boil for the encounter, but were still able to do enough to win the Friday night match.
“We didn’t play our best, that’s for sure,” Donaldson said.
“What’s important is that we won and collected the points.
“We can’t be at our absolute best every week, but the good sides can still find a way to grind out a win when the form is not quite there.”
The match was played on a drenched Coolum pitch with heavy rain only subsiding midway during the first half.
Periods of light drizzle continued to affect visibility, ensuring the ground remained slick.
The wet conditions made Gympie’s trademark passing game look second rate.
“We were passing badly, but I won’t blame it on the conditions,” Donaldson said.
“It’s not an excuse but the conditions challenged the players.”
Despite difficulties moving the ball around the field, Gympie’s Kimberley Priem fired off the match-winning goal only minutes into the first half.
Priem received the ball on the edge of Coolum’s goal box and, avoiding temptation to overplay, kicked a blistering shot past the keeper to collect the back of the net.
“It was a great goal,” Donaldson said. “She took the shot quite early and showed plenty of composure.”
The weekend victory was the second time the Miners had beaten Coolum after rolling them earlier in the season 4-2.
Coolum failed to take advantage of Gympie’s poor form, with only a handful of realistic chances to score. It made for an easy night for Miners’ keeper Kiah Monk.
The Miners have a bye Friday night but face a gruelling schedule which kicks in next week and includes three away games.
The side will play Friday as per usual but will back up the week following with games Tuesday and Friday.
“It will be tough but I know the girls are more than up to it,” Donaldson said.