Heidelberg United’s Women Warriors finals’ hopes are still alive despite a disappointing loss away to Alamein at the weekend.
The ‘Bergers were undone 3-1 after taking an early lead courtesy of a Daniella Galluccio headed effort. The defender’s second goal of the season gave her side a well-deserved half-time lead.
Alamein hit back hard after the break, capitalising on its advantage in possession, pressuring the young ‘Bergers into mistakes – with all three of its goals coming in a fifteen minute spell that sealed the points. A brace to Alonso and a third to Johnson were enough to see off a courageous Heidelberg outfit that fought out the match admirably.
Although disappointed to come away empty handed, coach Bill Mihaloudis remains upbeat about the team’s prospects this season.
“We stuck at it for the majority of the match, but with a young side like ours, sometimes inexperience and lapses in concentration can end up being costly.
“Overall, our back half was quite solid and performed well on the day, but in the end the weight of their possession and quality in attack paid off for them.
“We had a great first half, and played really well to be worthy of the lead after 45 minutes, but we just couldn’t quite sustain our team defensive structure for the full 90 minutes.
“Playing against sides of the calibre of the top three teams will only improve us as a team in the longer run, because we are gradually getting to grips with where we need to be in order to seriously challenge them going forward.”
The ‘Bergers will get another opportunity to measure themselves against the best, with a visit to league leader Calder United this Saturday in what is another daunting away challenge. The lure of securing a finals spot by going toe to toe with the competition yardstick is sure to lift them to a higher level of performance.
Alamein FC 3 (Alonso 52’, 55’, Johnson 66’) – 1 Heidelberg United FC (Galluccio 6’)
Alamein FC 3 – 0 Heidelberg United