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A BRACE FROM AUNE SEES UNITED’S FIRST WIN

24 / 05 / 2016

Rīgas FS/Cerība 46. Vidusskola
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Riga United Ladies

A goal in each half from Kristin Aune sees United Ladies take their first 3 points of the season and clean sheet.

Date published: 24/05/2016, 16:27

Rīgas FS/Cerība 46. VSK 0-2 Riga United FC Ladies
                                               Aune 27', 90'

In a similar scene to their first fixture vs Ceriba last year, Riga United took to the field in glorious sunshine and a decent support behind them.  And in very a similar situation, Riga United won the game, as they did last year, 2-0.

The two goals from Kristin Aune, now takes her tally to four goals this season, currently making her the top goalscorer.  The first goal was scored in the 27th minute as Riga United got into a fine spell of passing.  A cross came in from the left, however it was cleared out only as far as Anna Bang, who was hovering outside the area.  She saw Aune make the run into the box and played an excellent through ball, for Aune to slide the ball home. The second came in the last minute of the match. Aune took the ball ready outside the lefthand side of the penalty area and with a thunderbolt and the keeper unable to save it, planted it in the top right  hand corner of the goal, to the relief of the players and coach.

Riga were looking to come out the blocks firing against Cerība and they were however, it may be apparent that the toughness of playing on Thursday, had its toll on the players.  The team didn’t quite get off to the start they wanted and the first 10 minutes or so saw some good passing but not much in the way of shooting.   

United finally started to find their feet in the game when a few long range efforts came close and a couple of crosses came in, causing problems for the defence.  Then the atmosphere changed and relief set in when Aune got the first goal for Riga. They tried to search for a second in the first half but the Cerība defence, to their credit, kept Riga at bay.

The second half started much as the first.  Riga United looked strong going forward, Cerības attack slowing down and being nullified by the defence, however the first part didn’t see much in the way of goal action, as Cerības defence chose to put everyone behind the ball and the opposition’s goalie to match.

United did have a few chances though. May Ali recording a strike outside the box that just went a little over the bar and Jevgenija Arzubova broke through the defence on the left only to see her strike saved by the goalie. With the game looking like it was peating out to a 1-0 victory, Aune had one last say on the matter and scored an exciting 2nd goal before the final whistle.

All in all Riga will be happy with their first three points of the season but they need to take their chances and kill of teams if they are to improve on last season.  The passing play and the ball economy was a marked improvement and it’s most certainly something they can take going to Liepāja this weekend.

RUFC Ladies' manager Justin Walley, was pleased with getting the victory and was very positive about the performance after the game, ""I was really impressed by the girls' patience in grinding out this result. It was a very hot day and Ceriba parked 11 players behind the ball each time we attacked. Their keeper also had a very safe pair of hands - catching more than 10 shots at her. The first goal was very well worked between Kristin, Anna and Jevgenija. The second goal was a trademark Kristin goal. I was certain when she picked the ball up that she was going to score. We had more than 10 players unavailable and some of the passing football from those that day play was great to see. I was really impressed with Gina [Grosland] playing at centre half for the first time: knowing she is so comfortable there is one of the big things we learnt from this game. It was also great having goalkeeper coach Danny Lloyd help us out with Amanda Palmer's preparation for this game and seeing her keep a clean sheet."

Player of the Match:  Kristin Aune.  Not only for the two goals, but also for the workrate in the middle of the field.  Fantastic performance.