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Posted: 24-Jun-2013 by Football (Soccer) Junior


It was a case of the scoreline not reflecting the result on Sunday afternoon as a tight, contested game between North Caulfield Maccabi and Boroondara finished in a 3-0 defeat for the otherwise impressive home side.

The match started brightly as girls from both teams ran hard to dispossess their opponents and were well drilled in sticking to their positions - creating an even, matchup-based opening to the game. Boroondara converted the first opportunity, however, as the ball was toe poked home to make it 1-0. Tahni Paluch was working tirelessly as despite her size, a bulldog-like approach to defending made her a force to be dealt with at left-back. Paluch was neatly feeding balls through for Sarah Raitman to run on to as the home side began to find their groove with some eye-catching counter attacks during the early stages of the first half.

Boroondara soon doubled their advantage, though, as a low ball drilled into the area found an opposing attacker who only had a simple finish to make it two. It was a cruel blow to Maccabi’s chances who until then had been excellent throughout.

However, this didn’t stop North Caulfield as Remy Zail was standing her ground through the centre of the pitch, making several storming runs from one end of the ground to the other. Gemma Smithson was finding some space but couldn’t convert the amount of action she was getting into goals as the whistle went for half time with Boroondara still up by two.

Maccabi found themselves three down early on in the second as a visiting attacker skipped past several challenges before placing a shot low and into the net. Ella Stiebel had at half time swapped out of goals for Stella Fischbein and it was an excellent decision on both accounts – as the game wore on Fischbein made a number of fine saves that lifted her side despite the scoreline and stemmed the flow a bit as the last minutes of the game approached. Stiebel was all over the pitch as she chased down loose balls and went in hard at every challenge and upon her introduction into the game became one of the most damaging players on the pitch.

Dahlia Daneth showed good poise and technique as she worked well with Dakota Velker but it eventually finished 3-0; a result that perhaps did not reflect the true spirit shown by Maccabi throughout the game as the girls look forward to next week in which they will look to bounce back with a win.

Josh Lipshut, NCMJFC club reporter