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U13/14 Girls share the points

Posted: 22-May-2013 by Football (Soccer) Junior


The North Caulfield U13/14 girls’ team shared a point apiece with Ashburton as Maccabi earned a 1-1 draw at home on Sunday afternoon.

Both goals came early as Maccabi had the ball in the back of the net to kick off proceedings, with dominant striker Sasha Baron putting them ahead with a powerful finish into the bottom corner. However, Ashburton equalised after an errant back pass allowed a pacy attacker to slide a deflected shot past the keeper. 

Maccabi were let off midway through the opening period when a shot from nowhere on the edge of the penalty area cannoned off the post. Dealing North Caulfield’s confidence a blow, it sparked a 10 minute period of pressure by Ashburton but their attempts to edge ahead came to nothing
- thanks to some impressive defending from centre back Millah Sheezel – as the sides went into the half locked at 1-1.

North Caulfield responded well after the break, with a midfield spearheaded by the resolute Kiara Tanne and Hannah Caspar able to spot several dangerous runs by Baron. The highly organised defence was for the moment keeping the waves of Ashburton offense at bay with Emily Lederman in particular making a number of marauding runs from left back right all across the pitch, much to the delight of the crowd on the touchline. 

Lederman inspired, Maccabi pressed forward in search of an equaliser as Gabrielle Slonim slowly worked her way into the match. A workmanlike display from the industrious central midfielder lifted her team, feeding a sweet ball through to Baron who could only fire straight at the keeper. Casper couldn’t find the back of the net either after a neat pass from Timnah Katz opened up the heart of the Ashburton defence; with only a last ditch tackle preventing the midfielder from going one on one with the keeper. It seemed as if the side’s shooting boots were missing as frustration slowly began to set in heading into the final stages of the tussle.

Meanwhile, Joelle Rose was making her own impact on the game as several good pieces of vision from right back opened up the pitch, allowing teammates to get into space and pose a more dangerous threat going forward. There was still time for another goal mouth scramble, with the ball being poked just wide by Baron, as Ashburton were forced to play on the counter resulting in only limited forays into Maccabi’s half. The whistle finally went with both sides locked at 1-1, with North Caulfield in particular more disappointed that they were unable to snare the three points and build some confidence for next week.

Josh Lipshut NCMJFC club reporter