Rozel reach for the top

GOALS were at a premium but chances were not in the Jersey Women's League fixture between Grouville Women and Portuguese United Women as both teams settled for a point each.

Hannah Campbell in action for Rozel Rovers Women as they beat JTC Jersey Wanderers Women 5-1 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON.
Hannah Campbell in action for Rozel Rovers Women as they beat JTC Jersey Wanderers Women 5-1 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON.

Neither side is yet to win a game or score a goal this season and the match presented the perfect opportunity to do. The game finished goalless but neither team can be blamed for not trying.

Portuguese United Women's manager Filipe Cardoso said the increased competitiveness of the game due to the sides being close in terms of ability led to an increased sense of pressure coming into the match.

He added: 'Today I think the anxiousness of a more competitive game led us to be wasteful in the final third with a variety of players having lots of shots but not many troubling the opposition goalkeeper. Both teams hit the woodwork a few times with long range shots, on another day it could have easily been a high scoring game which would have given the fans more entertainment in return for providing such a great atmosphere.'

Cardoso said his side were left to rue missed chances and felt their first half penalty miss was a decisive moment which could have turned the game in their favour had they gone ahead.

Despite not scoring, Cardoso was full of praise for his players.

'Débora and Catarina were brilliant in defence as usual as was goalkeeper Vitória when needed to be called into action. In midfield Andrea, Nilza, Veronica and Marta had good performances each of them working hard and tirelessly to link the defence to attack.'

Although the newly formed side will be disappointed to not have picked up their first win, Cardoso said there are many positives to take from the game.

'We are very happy to claim our first clean sheet and start the season with a point. Each week the girls are improving and we are looking to be more competitive in each game and improving tactically to keep the opposition from scoring as many as in the first few games and be more effective in attack.'

The sides will meet again next month in the Zenith Cup and both will be eager to get one up on each other and get a first win under their belts.

In the other Women's League fixture, Rozel Rovers Women continued their dominance by beating arguably their closest rivals this season JTC Jersey Wanderers Women 5-1.

Rozel couldn't quite match their lightning starts of the previous few games and actually went behind to an early Wanderers goal – the first time they have gone a goal down this season.

Tim Pryor, Rozel Rovers Women manager praised his sides character and said going behind was a new test for them.

'I think going a goal down was a new experience for the side this year. I think we showed that we have some strong leaders in our side and is evidence of the teamwork and cohesion aspect we continually work on in training.'

Wanderers lead did not last long and Lucy Even levelled the scores on the 25 minute mark after a long range effort nestled into the top corner.

Macey Wyse got in on the act a minute later and doubled her efforts scoring from a tight angle just before half time.

Wanderers continued to create chances but went into the break 3-1 down.

The comeback was not to be as a double from Eve Watson in the 72 and 75 minute gave Rozel a comfortable lead and ultimately the win.

Rovers remain unbeaten this season and have taken their league goal tally to 13 from two games.

Pryor said his side are not getting carried away though and insists his players have been taking it game by game.

'We are enjoying the experience. We have had some difficult moments in the past couple seasons so we are relishing playing so well and being so in form right now. We do not want to look too far ahead to the future but we will just continue to chip away trying to win game by game.'

As for Wanderers, they will dust themselves off and go again next weekend when they face stiff competition from St Lawrence Women who will also be trying to chase down the dominant Rozel this season.

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