United out for revenge on the pitch

By Alex Mitchell

Much like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Shepparton United will be looking for revenge this weekend.

The Blues have been within an inch of perfection this Bendigo Amateur Soccer League women’s season, with the only mark against the record a 3-2 loss to Eaglehawk in round one.

Since then they have been on a path of destruction, winning nine straight games to break clear at the top of the table.

To make it a perfect 10 and finally gain full retribution, they must exercise their demons against Eaglehawk this weekend.

United coach Megan McFarland said her side was ready for its biggest game of the season.

‘‘It’s a big match and we go in quite excited for it,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a chance to redeem ourselves for round one, we were not happy with that performance.

‘‘It is a chance to see where we are at and hopefully we can put in a strong performance.’’

The round one showdown saw the Blues lead 2-0, before what can only be described as a capitulation, sliding to a shock 3-2 loss.

But McFarland said not much weight could be put in the result.

‘‘It was round one, we had a new squad and we’ve had plenty of changes since then,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re a completely different team and our line-up is looking really strong so we go in with plenty of confidence.’’

Remarkably, Eaglehawk has scored 60 per cent of the goals United has conceded this season from that game alone.

With opposition attacks finding the net just five teams this season, McFarland said it took defensive pressure across the board to keep up the stellar record.

‘‘We are quite strong defensively, that’s just the way we want to play,’’ she said.

‘‘We try and keep the ball as much as possible and not concede chances.

‘‘We’re strong defensively across the whole field, we lead from the front defensively and it takes a whole squad effort. When we lose the ball, we try and win it back straight away.’’

The game has been brought forward to 10am.

●Shepparton South will head to Tatura tomorrow ready to capitalise on any United slip-up.

The Southerners’ form has been strong in recent weeks to sit second on the table but they remain in the Blues’ shadow, five points off the league-leading pace.

But a clash with the Ibises seems a chance to add three points to the tally and find a few goals along the way.

Tatura is yet to avoid defeat this season and is aware of the class South brings to the table, after being beaten 20-0 in round one.