UNITED AIMING TO KEEP WINNING WAYS
16 / 07 / 2016
Riga United are aiming to make it three wins in-a-row
Date published: 16/07/2016 - 00:03
Rīgas FS/Cerība 46. Vsk vs Riga United FC Ladies
Venue: Arkādijas Stadions, Rīga
Kick Off: 16/07/2016 - 14:00
Riga United will play Cerība for the third and final time in the league today, as they look to try and make it three wins in-a-row this season.
Cerība are still without a win this season, however, there has been a noticeable improvement in the team this year. They look stronger as a unit and do very well in counter attacking. They scored their first goals against Riga United last time out; United still walking away 4-2 victors but gave Riga much ‘food for thought’. The other game was won by Riga earlier in the season 2-0.
United have made new ground this year, they are in 3rd place in the league for the first time, they beat Rēzekne for the first time too, in the previous game. IT will be good for United to build some momentum before the cup games start.
Speaking ahead of the game, coach Justin Walley shared his thoughts: “We know that 3 points on Saturday will take us to 13 points and will give us a great chance of finishing the season in the top three. Last time we played them, they scored twice against us. They hadn't done that before and I have seen a marked improvement in Ceriba. As always, I have confidence in the players I have available and believe they can grind out a result."
It’s a reshuffle for United. A lot of players are away from the team currently so Walley is having to utilise the depth of the team. Liene Vāciete will captain the team in the absence of Marit Gjerde, as she looks to add to her tally of 5 goals this year. New signing Evelīna Romanova comes in to make her first team debut as goalkeeper.
Sharing his thoughts on the team, Walley was confident the ladies could gel together but noted, they need to do it quickly. “With the majority of our squad unavailable as most of players are abroad for the summer, it has been hard getting a team together for this one. Fortunately, Evelina has signed for us as goalkeeper and makes her debut, while Katya [Jekaterina Volkovica] and Virgīnija [Liepiņa] join us from the second team squad. I am certain this will be a tough match and the girls representing Riga United will need to perform well as a group; a group that have never played together before and will need to gel quickly”