TOP PLAY: Lions stalwart Bec Whisker on the ball as usual
TOP PLAY: Lions stalwart Bec Whisker on the ball as usual Contributed

Lion-hearted effort by tough Noosa footballers

NOOSA Premier Women's Team faced their 3rd round away game versus Caloundra on Friday night, still hampered by injuries excluding a number of key players from the line up.

Unperturbed by this, the young team played an exemplary first half; Caloundra's euphoria at scoring the first goal was quickly shut down as newcomer Grace Wilkins hit the back of their net seconds later with a cheeky corner shot.

Noosa continued their attack as left back Chloe Hobelt snuck a superbly timed ball just under the bar putting Noosa 2-1 up at half-time.

The second half of the game saw Noosa start off well, with some great midfield play, despite a steady fast-paced attack from Caloundra.

After a series of of shots which didn't quite make the mark, 16 year old striker, Jess Doyle got past the keeper 15 minutes into the half, with a perfectly curved long ball from her favoured right wing. However, despite their 3-1 lead and help from Noosa stalwart, Bec Whisker, clear signs of fatigue began to show as Caloundra fought back strong and determined to make this their game.

Three goals to Caloundra in the latter part of the game saw the home team come out on top 4-3 in this hard fought match.

Nevertheless, this was an encouraging game for the Noosa Women and coach Chris Roche, and a solid effort from 3rd division substitute goalkeeper Alinda Bryant. After a much needed Easter rest, the team are looking forward to taking on Nambour-Yandina at home as a full-strength squad.

Next game: Friday April 21, 8.30pm Girraween Sports Complex, Eenie Creek road (bar and canteen open).


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