Late heartbreak for WaiBOP

Joint leaders Southern United were made to work hard to take full reward from their National Women's League trip to WaiBOP, leaving it late before finally securing a 1-0 win in Cambridge.

Both sides had chances to win a hard-fought encounter but were finally separated with only five minutes on the clock. Amy Hislop kept her composure to slot home a penalty against an unlucky Georgia Candy, who had been outstanding between the sticks for WaiBOP.

Southern had the best of the first half, with Hislop heading over before twice being denied by top drawer saves from Candy.

At the other end, Chloe Henderson had a close range shot blocked and came within millimetres of deflecting home a wicked cross-field ball.

WaiBOP's best spell of the game was the half hour after half time. Henderson proved a constant menace down the right, while half-time substitute, Lisa Evans, and Olivia Hooper gave the visiting defence far more to think about.

In the end, however, it was a tired challenge that led to the awarding of a penalty that ultimately decided the outcome of the contest.

Here are the post-match thoughts of WaiBOP's captain, Maddi Ollington, goalie, Georgia Candy, and coach, Nico Girard, along with Southern's captain, Kelsey Kennard, and coach, Ignacio Sande.


WaiBOP Line-Up: 1. Georgia CANDY (GK), 3. Rachel MAJOR, 4. Caitlin BYRNE, 5. Lilly MUSPRATT, 6. Annaliese HEUVEL (2. Lisa EVANS 46'), 7. Olivia HOOPER, 8. Chloe HENDERSON, 9. Emma SIZER, 12. Shannon TREBES, 13. Paige MCCLOSKEY (16. Maddy WILLIAMS 80'), 14. Maddison OLLINGTON.

Subs (not used): Amy HARRISON (RGK), 10. Richlyn TUHORO, 15. Stella NEEMS.

Match images HERE.

Photo: Lawrence Gullery.


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