LADIES SHOW STRENGTH OF CHARACTER IN VICTORY
17 / 07 / 2016
Liene Vāciete scores the only goal in a game which highlighted United's dogged determination.
Date published: 17/07/2016 - 13:15
Rīgas FS/Cerība 46.Vsk 0-1 Riga United FC
Manager Justin Walley was certainly thrilled when the RUSG caught up with him yesterday to ask about his thoughts on the game: “Nobody should ever underestimate how difficult it is to play an entire 90 minutes with just ten players. The girls did that and ended the game as the far better team. Many of them were absolutely done at the end. They put in a hell of a shift and I was very proud of every single one of them. The win was thoroughly deserved. We scored another special goal this time thanks to some excellent work from Pia [Foosnaes] bringing the ball out of the back and then Liene [Vāciete] bulldozed her way through three defenders and fired the ball into the top corner. It was a goal that would deserve to win any game.”
Yesterday saw a spirited effort from Riga United as they beat Rīgas FS/Cerība 46.vsk 1-0, with ten players from start to finish. The only goal coming from Liene Vāciete in the 50th minute, to bring her tally to six goals this season.
The game started nervously from Riga United. The ladies look to rush the play and play the ball ‘first time’. They had more time on the ball than they realised and with Cerība noticing the nervousness, they started the game stronger out of the two teams. As throughout the half, United stood off a little too much and allowed them to play their football.
As the half went on, United started to get in the game a little more. They were still not keeping the ball as much but made some good runs and the ball started making its way to the forward line. Inside 20 minutes, Arzubova had come close in a chance for a 1-on-1, first team debutant Jekaterīna Volkovica shot with a volley that went just wide and Kazlauska, almost but couldn’t quite get on the end of a through ball.
All to often though, the final touch was lacking from both teams so the rest of the first half was spent in a bit of a stalemate as no teams could find a way through and both goalies stood up to the task well!
Going into the second half, Walley asked much of the same from his team. To just keep it simple, play the ball and build up play. The nervousness disappeared and over the course of the second half, they did just that.
The goal came from good build up play in fact. Jevgenija Arzubova tracked back and tackled in defence, Pia foosnaes took the ball and brought it out of defence, played the ball to Liene Vāciete, who found her way through a few defenders and shot inside the box, the ball sailed into the net and sent the coaching staff, team and the loud United fans into raptures.
It was all United from that point they played the ball well, took their time and absolutely ran until they couldn’t run anymore. This was the case with some of the players. Again through the build up play, Vāciete almost got a second as a brilliant ball played into the box by Kazlauska reached Vāciete and it was put past the goalie but not the last defender on the line.
As the team became tired, there were a few scary moments for Riga, when Cerība found a way past the defence but some good defending and safe hands saw the game out!
There is a sense that this was one of those games where a lot was learnt about the team. They go on a break now until the end of August but if they can bring that sheer doggedness to other games, they have a good chance of winning the rest of the games this season. Every single player gave so much from goalie to forward, especially from the players who stepped up from the reserves.
Player of the Game: Pia Foosnaes. From start to finish, the centre-back was the most commanding player on the field. Supported players well in other areas of the field and the passing was with aplomb. She played a big part in keeping the defence together as a unit and covered any loose balls at the back. The tackling was excellent too.