The up and down rollercoaster that is the Yass Redbacks’ 2012 season continued at the weekend when they were out-gunned by a much improved Belwest side, eventually losing 2-1.
Playing at Walker Park, Yass got off to a nightmare start when a penalty was given away just 10 minutes into the first half.
The careless tackle gave Belwest the opportunity to pounce and they took it with both hands.
According to captain Grant Taylor, Belwest had the better of the play for the most part of the first half and went into the break leading 1-0.
In the second half the Redbacks started to gel but suffered another setback when they conceded a second goal to the opposition which has some new players and look a lot better than they did in 2011.
The consolation goal came just 10 minutes from time but it was too late in the end.
“They were probably the better team on the day,” Taylor said.
“But we definitely had our opportunities and we just couldn’t take them. “It was pretty disappointing.”
Taylor believes there is definitely a lot to work on at training this week.
“We will aim to improve our finishing in front of goal. That’s been the issue in recent matches.”
Players’ Player went to Anthony Gallagher, with Cameron Betts and Brett Darmody (pictured) both having good games.
The state league five side is away to Belconnen United on Saturday.
As the Yass state league 11 side enjoyed the bye on the weekend, the only other senior team that ran around was the women’s side.
The women had a tough day out as well and, like the boys, suffered a 2-1 loss.
Like the men they were 1-0 down at half-time and coach Gary Lennon said his charges never looked settled against Queanbeyan.
“We were a bit uneasy from the start,” he told the Tribune.
“The opposition didn’t turn up until very late and I think that threw the girls a bit so our confidence was a bit shaky from the outset.”
In the second half the women pegged one back and looked the better team for the most part of the second half.
But, with only 10 minutes to go, Queanbeyan got a corner and were lucky enough to get a good bounce and snatch the win.
“It was one of those goals that you hate to lose a match on, but that’s soccer isn’t it?”
Despite the loss Lennon said there is a lot to like about his team so far.
“The girls showed great commitment and they did knuckle down once they were less settled.”
The women are also going to work on their finishing this week before they play Belnorth in Kaleen next week.