Camden Haven Redbacks Ladies win against Wauchope

The Camden Haven Redbacks Ladies side are through to the next round of finals after a 2-0 victory over Wauchope on the weekend.

The sides took to the field in blustery conditions, vying for a spot in week two of the finals.

The Redbacks won the toss and elected to run with the wind in the first half. However the gale force conditions meant that virtually no side received an advantage.

"Wauchope were running against the wind, meaning they had to work extra hard to make ground," captain Tamara Burns commented after the game.

"But the wind was so strong, that even with our team having the wind behind us, we were still disadvantaged, as the wind was carrying the ball faster than we could catch it."

Despite the conditions the Redbacks dominated the first half, constantly pressuring and rarely needing to defend.

Multiple opportunities all failed to find the back of the net. With the first half fast coming to an end, it looked like the Redbacks' dominance may have all been for nothing.

The Redbacks finally got the break they had been working so hard for, when a cross into the box failed to be cleared by Wauchope. Redbacks' Amelia Clacher capitalised with a well placed goal.

At half-time, the focus was on playing a simple game, and taking more chances.

"When we played a close, one-two game, we looked unstoppable," Burns said of the half-time talk.

"But when we failed to do this, we were left scrambling.

"We also hadn't taken as many chances as we should have.

"The wind was only picking up and the second half would be us running against it.

"We knew that we were going to have to dig deep, if we wanted to not just hold onto but also build on our lead."

The second half continued much like the first, with the Redbacks again dominating, but struggling to find the net.

Eventually though the Redbacks were again rewarded for their dominance when midway through, midfielder Katie Plush put a carefully placed ball past the keeper.

This extended the Redbacks' lead to 2-0 and provided some extra breathing room for the home side.

The final score of 2-0 proving enough to advance the Redbacks through to the next round of finals.

"The conditions made the game incredibly difficult, but we got there," Burns said after the match.

"It was great to get that win in front of a home crowd, and we're so pumped to do it again this coming weekend."

The Ladies will take on Kempsey Saints in an elimination final at Laurieton from 5pm.

They'll follow a jam-packed day of football, starting with the Under 14's in action at 11am with their elimination final, reserve grade at 1pm and first grade at 3pm. First grade must win in order to make finals the following week, so it's guaranteed to be an afternoon of edge-of-your seat soccer!

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