Michael Ross – 1st Team Manager and Head Coach
How was the build up and start of this season for EUWAFC?
After the success of last year we were keen to build on what was achieved previously. The team did well in pre-season and although we kept some players from last season we traveled for our first game of the season with 6 players gaining their 1st team debut, including 4 freshers. We have also been without last seasons top scorer Caroline Heron due to injury so she hasn’t played yet this season and her goals have been missed.
The first game of the season was away to St Andrews, how did the club fare against the team new to 1A League?
We started the first 43 mins of the season very well as we led 3v0 against St Andrews but then they got back into the game just before halftime with a goal, and frustrating after watching the video footage was clearly offside and that got St Andrews back in the game.
At half time we still were confident we could bring home the 3 points but some basic errors and good finishing from St Andrews brought the game back to 3v3. The team showed great character to take the lead again going up 4v3 but more sloppy play allowed St Andrews to equalise again with the game ending 4v4. Full credit to St Andrews for not giving up and coming back but we were very frustrated as the game should have been wrapped up.
Our next game we welcomed Stirling and the team knew it would be a tough game
They have added several club players to their team and when you do that you can see the difference it can bring to your play with some clinical finishing and as a result went 2v0 up. We got ourselves back into the game with an excellent header from Courtney McAvoy and we were confident we could turn the game around at half time. 2nd half we had the majority of the ball and changed the shape several times to try and break Stirling down. As time was running out we went to 3 at the back and Stirling caught us on the break and finished the game to make it 3v1. Again after the game the players were frustrated as we deserved more from the game but football is about putting the ball into the back of the net.
Last weeks game was against RGU in Aberdeen and the team secured an important 3 points away from home
We travelled up to Aberdeen to play Robert Gordons missing several players once again, but this time we brought home the win which was fully deserved. Against the run of play RGU scored a long range effort which fired us into life and we then went in at half time 2v1 up. The 2nd half was messy at times but we managed to create more opportunities and finished up winning convincingly. We weren’t as fluid as the previous 2 games but RGU always give us a tough game so the most important part was we maintained our unbeaten run against them as we now prepare for Glasgow.
The league is strongly in Stirlings hands and we just need to keep winning games to try and close the gap. We raised expectations at the club again and every game we go into we expecting to pick up 3 points and with that the pressure grows. But that is the level and standard we want to aspire to and you can see that in the players when we don’t pick up a win. We have seen teams raise their game against us this season and when we play Glasgow we know what tough games they usually are. I have lots of respect for Glasgow and what they have achieved since I have been involved with the University team as they have constantly done well in the cups and league without any scholarships.
We have several important games coming up which will shape our season but the focus is just on ourselves and playing well and getting wins. We play some of the most attractive football in Scotland but we are trying to find a balance between looking good in possession and winning. The players are up for it and I look forward to see what the next few weeks brings! Updates always on our Twitter!
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