Honeybears loss a tough pill to swallow
FOOTBALL: Chinchilla Honeybears took on an undefeated Rockville in a clash of the two in-form teams in the Toowoomba Football League.
Honeybears were looking to make a statement of intent coming into the final rounds of the competition and came out firing.
It took the Honeybears 15 minutes to open the scoring.
After some good play down the left wing from Imogene Forrest the ball broke for Claire Valler in the middle of the park.
Valler took a couple of touches to clear her feet and then rocketed a shot past a helpless Rockville goalkeeper.
Honeybears kept pushing and doubled their lead in the 28th minute after Nikola Stevenson lobbed the Rockville goalkeeper from an acute angle.
Rockville did look dangerous on the counter and scored a goal in the 35th minute completely against the run of play after winning a free kick on the edge of Honeybears’ penalty area.
The free kick slipped past Honeybears goalkeeper Jess Bolewski who was unsighted by the Rockville attackers.
Rockville levelled the game 2–2 right on half-time after the Honeybears failed to clear their lines and the ball broke kindly for Kimberly Gunder.
Both sides came out fighting in the second half which saw clear cut chances hard to come by.
Rockville came close to grabbing the winner with a free kick that was well saved by Bolewski.
Honeybears’ resistance was broken three minutes from time when a long ball played through the heart of their defence wasn’t dealt with, allowing Toby Addison to run through and ride a last-ditch challenge from Justeen Kruger to calmly slot the ball.
Honeybears fought right to the death but were unable to get the equaliser, with the game ending Rockville 3, Chinchilla Honeybears 2.
Honeybears coach Tim Taylor said they were gutted by the loss.
“A game I thought we dominated as far as possession and field position goes, to lose in the last couple of minutes is a tough pill to swallow,” he said.
FINDING SPACE: Honeybears player Clare Valler.