Confederates so close to celebrating their first win

11-07-2018 by admin

Sarah Barrett and Denise Gasbach. Photo: Steve GoschAFTER leading for 67 minutes of Saturday’s women’s Premier League Hockey match-up against Parkes United at Orange Hockey Complex, one defensive lapse in the shadows of full-time cost Confederates their first win of the 2016 season.

Confederates had the better of the game up until that point and were particularly exciting when they controlled possession for an extended period, but with three minutes left on the clock and a player in the sin bin Parkes’ Emily Dean broke their hearts with her equaliser.

It was one of just a handful of genuine attacking chances Parkes had throughout the game, compared to Confederates who had plenty.

The heart-breaking loss means Feds remain below the Dubbo Blue Jays in last place on the ladder.

But, despite her side claiming just one competition point rather than four Confederates coach Fiona Reith was jubilant after full-time considering said point is the red and blues’ first of the year.

“No, I’m not disappointed. I’m sure the girls probably are, but they’ll see the bigger picture,” Reith smiled.

“Like I said before the game the girls just needed to believe they can go with and beat these top sides. They did today and they’ve shown they can be up there with these sides.

“It’s just about stopping those defensive lapses and concentrating for the entire 70 minutes. They realise that’s what they have to do, not for 25 or 30 minutes, the full 70.

“When we threw the ball around and controlled possession I thought we looked better than Parkes. We let the ball do the work today as opposed to us running around like headless chooks.

“The work they’ve done and the commitment they’re showing is starting to pay off.”

CONFEDERATES 1 (Georgia Parr) drew PARKES UNITED 1 (Emily Dean)

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