Honeybears lacked ‘polish’
USQ nabs 2–1 victory over Bears
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.”
TOUGH MATCH: The Chinchilla Honeybears fight hard as they took on USQ at the Chinchilla Recreation Grounds.