The Ballarat Eureka Strikers came away with a point from their encounter with Yarra Jets. After a bright opening to the game the Eureka Strikers fell behind in the 28th minute to a well worked goal. The Eureka Strikers hit back within 4 minutes; with Lulu Al-Huneidi capitalising in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. They hit the front in the last minute of the half when Tessa Curtain scored from 20 yards out. However, they were unable to maintain their lead and conceded from a free kick in the 73rd minute.
The result is bittersweet for the Eureka Strikers; while getting a point is important they had plenty of chances on goals, hitting the woodwork on a number of occasions, but were unable to capitalise. The draw also came at a cost, with Lily McLean injuring her ankle 2 minutes after being introduced in the first half to the game, Holly Williamson unable to appear in the second half due to her ongoing hip complaint and Tess Meaden succumbing to illness at half time. As a result, the Eureka Strikers had a depleted bench for the second half.
While the outcome was not what the Eureka Strikers would have wanted the match saw further improvement in the team’s ability to maintain possession; with a number of good passages of link up play. The injuries forced some rejigging of the team, with Alyson Pym required at centre back for the second half which led to Al-Huneidi playing up front with Keryn Walters. That partnership worked better than previous weeks but there is still work to be done to allow the two greater understanding of each other’s game. Erin Plucke had one of her best performances in defence; setting up a number of attacks and Nat Barbara looked comfortable in the centre of midfield in her 50th appearance for the club.
The Eureka Strikers need to work on their accuracy in front of goal; and this will be an urgent focus as they enter into their next two games which are both at home.