“Sloppy”, “poor” United down 2-1 to MacArthur
Manly United women’s coach Tom Hopley lamented his team’s “sloppy play and poor decision-making” after his side’s 2-1 loss to Macarthur Rams at Lynwood on Sunday.
“Overall the game was very frustrating without a huge amount of positives,” Hopley said. “We held possession for long periods at a time but didn’t really threaten their goal or create enough chances.
“At the moment we are beating ourselves as opposed to being beaten by the opposition. We were sloppy on the ball at times and invited pressure on ourselves through poor decision making.”
Macarthur hit the front after sixty seconds through Rachel Goldstein before United equalised seven minutes later when Tara Andrews let fly with a powerful shot that went through the goalkeeper’s hands.
Manly’s other great chance came when Cass Davis played a delightful ball over the defence for Libby Copus-Brown who headed across for Tash Prior who wasn’t able to tap the ball home.
Leema Khamis’s 55th minute goal sealed the match for MacArthur.
“MacArthur have a lot of experienced players and they played to a game plan that worked well for them,” Hopley said. “They sat in a deep defensive block that was hard to break down and were quick to get forward once they won the ball.”
Best for United were defender Davis and midfielder Kahli Johnson who “ran her socks off and tried hard all game”, according to Hopley.
The result saw Macarthur entrench themselves on top of the NSW National Premier League ladder with United nine points away in sixth position after six games.