Miners lining up shot at top spot
A TWO goal haul to Bianca Connell helped the Gympie women’s Miners to a 2-1 defeat of Woombye at the weekend.
Coach Mike Donaldson was ecstatic with the victory, achieved away Friday night in Woombye heartland.
“The way we played isn’t really reflected in the score line,” he said.
Connell got Gympie on the board in the first half and the home team went into half time with the upper hand.
Donaldson said he and assistant coach Jim Ambrose didn’t want the first half to come to an end.
“We were in control of the game, especially our midfield, and we didn’t really want to have the break,” he said. “The girls were just playing so well.”
Woombye sprang to life shortly after the half time spell and scored a goal off a corner.
“They changed their style of play – they had to – and we got hit with a sucker punch after the break,” Donaldson said.
However, Connell was determined to break the deadlock with yet another goal to see Gympie regain the lead.
From there, the Miners remained largely in control as Woombye began to grasp at straws in a desperate bid to stave off a loss.
“They were passing long, trying to make something happen but we had good defence and were able to hold them out,” Donaldson said.
Woombye got a lucky break with 30 seconds remaining but was left wringing their hands when a shot at goal was deflected over the crossbar in a sensational effort by Gympie keeper Kiah Monk.
Donaldson couldn’t speak more highly of Monk.
“That save was one of the best I have ever seen in a women’s match,” Donaldson said. “It was incredible.”
Monk’s reflexes in front of goal denied Woombye a chance at levelling the encounter, ensuring Gympie yet another standout win.
The Miners back up this Friday night at home against Buderim.
A win will ensure Gympie, currently in second place on the ladder, a shot at claiming top spot.
“It will be tough,” Donaldson said.