Slice of Cheese

Ulverstone Roll On Past University

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Ulverstone comfortably overcame a valiant University side 5-0 at Olinda Grove in their Round 5 Super League clash. The first half saw a tightly fought encounter, where University looked threatening on the break and weathered everything thrown at them by Ulverstone, only conceding the one goal. By the second half, Ulverstone grew in confidence after an early goal and for the second week in a row they steamrolled through the second half, scoring four goals in the space of fifteen minutes to seal the win. 

From the start it was apparent Ulverstone were going to dictate the way of play, particularly with Lucy Foote producing another stellar performance in the middle of the park. Throughout the first half Uni’s back line dealt with the threat of Ulverstone’s pacey forwards well. In goal, Megan Howard played out of her skin, ensuring the ball would only get into the back of her net once during this first half. However it was Ulverstone’s ability to win the second ball that kept most of play in their attacking half. Their hunger to win the second balls produced the first goal of the game, with Jazmin Gorrie blasting the ball into the back of the net in the 14th minute, after University fail to adequately clear the danger from a corner.

The first half wasn’t all the way of Ulverstone though. Despite clearly having the upper hand, thanks to their high press, Uni did threaten when they could get the ball past the midfield. On the few occasions Uni went forward it was thanks to a quick transition of play and one such counter nearly drew them level. Ulverstone goalkeeper, Georgia Anderson, pulled out a top shelf save to stop a strike that seemed destined for the top corner from Olivia Leon.

Ulverstone went in at half time the team ahead, but with the score line reflecting the tightly fought contest it had been.

When play resumed for the second half, Ulverstone looked determined to put their opportunities away and gee did they ever put their opportunities away. From the whistle, Ulverstone pressed forward, delivering the breakthrough five minutes into the half. Some nice combinations between the midfield and attack were what it took to break Uni down and for Lucy Reimer to put her side two goals ahead with a well placed finish.

Clearly University had entered a pressure cooker this second half, the undefeated Ulverstone side were relentless, creating a number of quality chances. They were causing all manner of problems through the clever combinations produced by Foote and Gorrie throughout the game. Their third goal was a result of that combination when a Gorrie cross into the box found an unmarked Foote waiting and she was never going to miss from there.

Three goals down University stayed in the fight, even if they struggled to get the ball away from their own half due to the relentless Ulverstone press. Most importantly for the home side, Howard stood strong in goals on a number of occasions to ensure the game didn’t get too far away from them.

However a lapse in concentration over two minutes put Ulverstone even further ahead. In the 64th minute, Gorrie pulled out some magic by dribbling across the back line, taking on each defender and firing her shot out of the reach of Howard. With barely enough time to realise the game had restarted, Ulverstone scored a second goal in as many minutes. Despite the initial shot on goal being saved, Lear Diprose put away the rebound and produced the fifth goal for her side.

The rest of the half, saw Ulverstone looking content with their five goal buffer, and keeping the ball the middle of the park for large patches. Uni were simply outplayed and out muscled in the midfield by a very physical side for large parts of the game. A late push from University, inspired by left winger Riana Gardener was too  little, too late. Ulverstone finished the deserved winners and have set the stage for a tantalising Round 6 game against Launceston City, with both sides 5 wins from 5. University, meanwhile should take confidence from the first half where they kept pace and could have been level with a side that has now stamped themselves as one of the title favourites.

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