Honey­bears lacked ‘pol­ish’

USQ nabs 2–1 vic­tory over Bears

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FOOT­BALL: The Chinchilla Honey­bears took on USQ at the rec grounds on Satur­day night.

The Honey­bears were com­ing into the game on the back of a good re­sult in the pre­vi­ous round.

It was USQ how­ever that be­gan the game the bright­est and pinned back the Honey­bears but, in the early ex­changes, found Honey­bears’ goal­keeper Breah McWha dif­fi­cult to beat.

The Honey­bears did look dan­ger­ous on the counter at­tack though and cre­ated the first clear cut chance af­ter a good pass from Bon­nie Callaghan, Drue Hope found her­self through on goal but dragged her right foot shot wide of the goal.

Although USQ had the bet­ter of the early pos­ses­sion it was the Honey­bears cre­at­ing the bet­ter chances with Hope and Callaghan caus­ing havoc up front.

The next clear-cut chance came to Callaghan af­ter a pin point cross from Hope, how­ever Callaghan was un­able to steer her ef­fort on goal.

How­ever, it was to be USQ that took the lead in the 29th minute when USQ striker Court­ney Simshauser was af­forded too much space in the Honey­bears penalty area and ri­fled a shot into the top corner.

Af­ter go­ing be­hind the Honey­bears con­tin­ued to pep­per the USQ goal but found the goal­keeper in good form and were un­able to equalise be­fore half time as the sides went in with the score USQ 1 Honey­bears 0.

In the se­cond half USQ be­gan to take con­trol of the game and pinned the Honey­bears back for large pe­ri­ods.

Goal­keeper Breah McWha was keep­ing the Honey­bears in the game with some good saves, how­ever USQ dou­bled their lead in the 60th minute when Lucy Montgomery picked the ball up in mid­field and drove at the Honey­bears de­fence.

Montgomery was not chal­lenged and pulled the trig­ger and this time McWha was un­able to keep the ball out.

The Honey­bears did man­age a late goal when Bon­nie Callaghan picked the ball up on the edge of the USQ penalty area.

Callaghan man­u­fac­tured some space for her­self and lifted a long-range ef­fort over a scram­bling USQ goal­keeper.

That goal proved to be the last at­tack from ei­ther side with the fi­nal whis­tle go­ing and USQ tak­ing the spoils win­ning the game 2-1.

Honey­bears coach Tim Tay­lor said the team fought hard through­out the match but lacked a “bit of pol­ish that we nor­mally have with our pass­ing”.

“Un­for­tu­nately, when you give the ball back to a team like USQ it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore they hurt you,” Tay­lor said.

“We will go back to train­ing on Tues­day and dis­cuss the game and work on the lit­tle mis­takes that cost us today.

“How­ever, on a brighter note the stand out for me today was Bon­nie Callaghan.

“Bon­nie is new to the Honey­bears this sea­son but looks as though she has been play­ing with us for years.

“She has been a shin­ing light in our first three games and has also scored in all three and I be­lieve as her fit­ness and match sharp­ness im­proves she will only get bet­ter.”

PHOTO: BROOKE DUN­CAN

TOUGH MATCH: The Chinchilla Honey­bears fight hard as they took on USQ at the Chinchilla Re­cre­ation Grounds.

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