Orange CYMS coach Pete Shea last week challenged his players to hit the scoreboard more often and be more of a danger going forward, and in this weekend’s clash against Lithgow Zig Zag he was hoping for two or three goals – not 10.
That was how many times CYMS found the goals on Saturday, while also keeping a clean sheet of their own, showing there’s no need to sacrifice defence on the search for more danger up forward.
“I wasn’t expecting 10 at all, if we’d had two or three I’d have been happy,” Shea said.
“The opposition game us a bit more time and space so it was pleasing for us to execute plans under pressure.”
He said his charges had followed his instructions nearly to the letter, and was very pleased to see his moves put into action.
“Their thought process was exactly what we wanted to be implementing,” Shea said.
“It was good to see we had a bit more time to use it, but the real test will be next week against Panthers where we’ll have less time and space and we want to keep the same structure and same movement.”
Shea cited Rachel Hoey as having “one of her best games for us” in green, while Kennedy Chaplin and Courtney Hogan were also standouts in Shea’s eyes.
“Those three all filled really crucial roles for us,” he said, while noting the strikers – led by Pip Mannix with three goals and Emily Lake with two – also performed well in wet and slick conditions.
The sleet and hail only impacted the final 10 minutes of the game, however, with the rain in the opening half speeding the game up, which Shea said played into CYMS’ hands.
“It was a bit quicker and we were able to use our skills a bit more,” he said.
CYMS 10 ( Pip Mannix 3, Emily Lake 2, Libby Smith, Meredith Bone, Rachel Hoey, Kayla Russel, Ashlea Warrender) def Zig Zag 0