PL Match Report Rd 5 vs Greensborough

May 08, 2022 at 4:14 PM

Donny bounce out of a draw with a strong win                                                  Women’s Premier League

Following a disappointing draw against Altona, Doncaster’s Premier League Women were off to the long standing arch enemy, Greensborough.  While everyone prefers to play at home, the Greensborough facility had been renovated during the COVID shut downs so the visitors were playing on the resealed original pitch and the crowd enjoyed an excellent new facility.  And while the weather was very much winter, Doncaster revelled in the day coming away with a 4-0 victory.

Doncaster put their best foot forward early in this match, taking possession from the hit off and not letting go.  The Burra defended very strongly but couldn’t find their forward line.  When Greensborough did take possession, Doncaster’s pressure forced errors and turn overs followed.

At the six minute mark Kira-Lee Gmeiner intercepted a Burra pass and quickly passed to Manisha Arunasalam who combined with Meagan Lendon and they pushed into the Doncaster scoring circle.  A Burra obstruction triggered the first short corner of the match.  The shot at goal was very well saved but the ball remained live.

Maya Hilford pounced on the ball and passed to Lendon who then passed to Gmeiner, who forced the intercept a minute or so early.  Gmeiner finished off the outstanding team work and Doncaster were on the board.

The Doncaster forwards and mid-fielders pressure made it very difficult for Greensborough to attack.  When they did Chloe Burns, Cassie Stoneham and Sam Snow certainly made the Burra forward line an uphill battle.

The second quarter was a copy of the first but at this stage the rain had started.  Doncaster weren’t concerned with the weather and continued to pepper away.  Two short corners early reflected Doncaster’s control but conversion wasn’t making a change to the scoreboard.

With less than seven minutes until the long break, Liz Flack quickly played a free hit passing to Mikala Burchall who pushed deep into the circle, a Greensborough foot set up Doncaster’s third short corner of the quarter.  Once again, the Burra keeper was outstanding saving the Snow drag flick but the ball remained live and Aimee Dickson pounced and the ball was in the net.

With less than 60 seconds left before half time, Stoneham passed a long ball from defence to Gmeiner who pushed into the circle; another Burra foot resulted in another Doncaster short corner.  Once again, the initial shot was very well saved but Dickson and Gmeiner take control of the loose ball.  Another shot is saved but Sarah Down now capitalises and slots Doncaster’s third goal.  Had it not been for some outstanding Burra goalkeeping this match could almost be over by this point.

The second half is similar with Greensborough making sure they have numbers well in defence, every effort to keep the Doncaster circle difficult to enter.  Even a fast break is tough for the Burra to execute.  Nicola Hammond, Emma Sampson and Gmeiner continue to control the mid-field which provides plenty of ball for Izzy Peskett, Arunasalam and Hilford to be more than an handful in attack.  But full credit to Greensborough, while they were on the ropes they were keen to find a path forward; the match opened up more but the Burra struggled to gain deep penetration.

With less than 60 seconds before the three quarter time siren, Gmeiner pushed into the circle and a Greensborough defender is penalised for going straight over the backline when she had alternatives, another short corner followed.  Flack’s drag flick is very well saved but Hammond, who pushed out, was free and sent to saved ball back into the net, Doncaster’s fourth goal.

The final quarter was again played out largely in the Doncaster forward line, the Burra were defending very strongly.  Doncaster were comfortable to pass long damaging passes to open gaps and while they threatened, the scoreboard didn’t change.

Doncaster 4 defeated Greensborough 0

Goals: Kira-Lee Gmeiner, Aimee Dickson, Sarah Down, Nicola Hammond

Best Players: Cassie Stoneham, Emma Sampson, Izzy Peskett, Maya Hilford

Comfortable on the scoreboard, tough on the day                                           Men’s Premier League

Doncaster’s Premier League Men came away from Altona last round with a win, however, it was a match in which Donny weren’t able to fire on all cylinders all day.  A match against Greensborough on the Burra’s new pitch was always going to be tough day out.  Full credit to Doncaster with a 6-2 win but the score line didn’t reflect the Burra’s strong rally in the second half.

The match started as an open and free flowing contest, both teams willing to take defenders on and probe for gaps.  Just two minutes into the match Kiran Arunasalam took on a number of Burra defenders and pushed into the scoring circle.  Arunasalam kept his cool, drawing the Burra last line and then passed to the clear Russel Ford who finished off the good prep work with the first goal.

A minute later saw Andrew Scheele pushed into the circle and a Burra foot results in Doncaster’s second short corner.  Jayshann Randhawa’s drag flick hit the left hand post, an inch or two to the right and it certainly would have gone in.  Doncaster had taken more control of general play and the Burra were on the back foot.

At the nine minute mark Bevan Fernandes’ speed with the ball has the Greensborough defenders struggling to stay with him.  Fernandes pushed into the circle and passes to a free Luke Evered who finished off the great work with Doncaster’s second goal.  With just two minutes left in the quarter Bevan Fernandes once again pushes deep where a very ‘ordinary’ Burra tackle triggers the umpire to call a short corner, despite the tackle being outside the circle.  ‘Ordinary’ tackle is a generous description.  The initial shot at the net was very well saved but the ball remained live and a second shot is also saved.  Evered capitalises and slots Doncaster third goal.  The break couldn’t come quick enough for the home side.

The second quarter followed suit, Doncaster controlled a lot of general play but Greensborough were keen to hold possession rather throwing caution to the wind and attack.  More of an arm wrestle in the mid-field panned out.  When Greensborough were able to push forward, open gaps were very thin on the ground.  Joel Carroll, Randhawa and Scott Sturrock were as solid as a rock, not only making it very hard for the Burra to push deep but they turned defence into attack more often than not.  But Greensborough certainly had lifted and the second quarter saw no goals.

Whether the Burra’s Coach said something at the long break or former Doncaster player, Ryan Nangle finally getting on to the pitch made a difference but Greensborough were a revitalised side in the third quarter.  Much better structured, holding possession longer and well organised in their forward line, Greensborough were now equal to the task.

At the four minute mark of the third quarter Greensborough push into their scoring circle and a Doncaster foot results in just the Burra’s second short corner of the match.  And it is all they need, a drag flick is put away and Burra are on the board.

At the ten minute mark another ‘ordinary’ Greensborough tackle has Doncaster setting up for another short corner.  Randhawa’s drag flick is accurate on this occasion and he scores Doncaster’s fourth goal.

The goal each in the third quarter is a very good reflection of the battle that Greensborough brought out for the second half.  And they didn’t slow down one little bit as the final quarter got under way.  In fact, it was the Burra that were on the push deep into attack, two short corners were well saved by the Doncaster last line.  But a shot from a Burra striker hits a Doncaster shin as the ball was on the way to the net and the Doncaster goalkeeper was out of play.  The umpire was quick to call a Penalty Stroke.

With 11 minutes to play, Greensborough’s conversion of the Penalty Stroke together with their vast second half improvement meant the 2-4 score line was ‘game on’.

Greensborough’s second goal also triggered Doncaster’s effort.  Doncaster had control of general play for a big portion of this match, they knew how to hold possession, pass accurately and get numbers to the contests.  Greensborough knew they had to stay on the front foot and attack but Doncaster took the momentum off the home side.

With just three minutes to play, Arunasalam intercepted a Burra pass and pushed straight into the circle where a Greensborough foot led to a Doncaster short corner.  The Burra last line had a sharp eye on Randhawa for his drag flick but he cleverly passed to a free Ford who slotted Doncaster’s fifth goal.  The Burra bubble was now burst.

Just a minute later Ford, Frazer Gerrard, Bevan Fernandes and Arunasalam combined in an outstanding piece of work which left Arunasalam vs the Burra goalkeeper.  Arunasalam won that battle and Doncaster’s sixth goal was locked away.

Doncaster 6 defeated Greensborough 2

Goals: Russell Ford 2, Luke Evered 2, Jayshaan Randhawa, Kiran Arunasalam

Best Players: TBC

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