DEFEAT at the hands of Buderim on Friday has caused the Gympie women’s Miners to slip to third place on the Sunshine Coast competition ladder.
Playing away at Buderim, the Gympie girls lost the match 3-1.
The latest loss for the Gympie side continues a worrying trend beginning to emerge as the season slowly marches towards the preliminary finals.
Team manager Angela Williams said both sides were evenly matched early on in the game before Buderim broke away.
“Unfortunately Buderim scored first in the 20th minute, leaving Gympie to play catch-up yet again,” she said.
From this position, Gympie was never able to recover, despite a number of chances slipping through the team’s fingers.
Christine Gear had a shot at goal in the first half but missed – the ball slightly off target and hitting the cross bar.
Williams said team talk was positive during the half-time break, with team coach Mike Donaldson and assistant coach Jim Ambrose firing up their young players.
“Mike and Jim praised their side for their first half efforts,” Williams said.
“Buderim had one striker in particular the coaches felt Gympie should try to shut down by someone constantly marking that player.”
Despite a change in tactics, Buderim added another goal in the 49th minute, using a fair amount of their luck in the process.
Keen not to remain scoreless, Gympie captain Christy Bryan stood up to be counted shortly afterwards in the 65th minute, unleashing a well-timed kick from distance straight over the Buderim keeper’s head.
A few more adjustments were made to the Miners’ playing structure to secure at least a draw but Buderim buried any hopes by scoring in the final minute of play.