KINROSS-CYMS may have lost their opening women’s Premier League Hockey game of the season but all the signs were positive.
The Orange side went down to Lithgow Zig Zag 2-1 and Kinross-CYMS coach Pete Shea concedes it was a game his side should have won.
“It was an even game, without doubt,” Shea explained.
“We have probably three one-on-ones with the goalkeeper and another two clear shots that in a better world we would have put in the back of the net. That’s just early season stuff.”
The coach said the post-match chat was all positive despite the loss.
“The comments from the players after the game was we were better than we played last year,” he said.
“The girls feel like they’re doing things better already.”
Kinross-CYMS were first to score at home when Mel Woods slotted one in.
Zig Zag hit back quickly with two of their own to make the score 2-1 at the break.
Neither side could alter this in the second half but not through lack of trying.
The Orange side was without key players Madie Smith, Rachel Divall, Hannah Moore and Amy Symons but some new faces stepped up.
“Lou Kempson played well in the sweeper role,” Shea said.
“Bri Lippiatt played well for her first Premier League game and so did Emily Wright. Those three played in defence and did well.”
The coach said with the positive comments from the players and the improved performance, he hoped for good things this year.
“Hopefully if we improve, it bodes well for the rest of the season,” he said.
Kinross-CYMS will host Dubbo in their next round this Saturday.