Wolues FC take the game against VG Utd in Women’s Futsal League

The Wolues FC stayed on course for what could be a perfect season in the BVI Football Association’s Women’s Futsal League with a 2-0 victory over VG Utd on Saturday, December 12 at Cedar School.

Once again, the women had to demonstrate their composure, patience and skill to break down a well-organized, compact defense, whilst being mindful of their opponent’s ability to hit them on the break and again they proved highly adept at overcoming even the most tenacious tackling of VG Utd.

“If there was anything lacking, and I think the girls would agree, it would have been the finishing,” remarked Coach Walter Reich. “In these types of tight matches, it really helps loosen the team up if the early opportunities can be converted into goals.”

Gabi Jermyn, Tola Broderick and Darci Reich each had opportunities to put the Wolues up in the first 10 minutes, but the shots were either saved or went wide, but Tola Broderick finally broke the deadlock, latching on to a pass from Reich and making the net ripple for a 1 nil lead.

With the game 1 nil, Coach Peter Van Zoost would make some strategic changes by bringing on both Zolita Bamford and Jhaniqua Collymore, who, despite bringing some fresh energy to the team, were unable to add to the score line and the first half ended 1-0.

Within seconds of the restart, Tinia Van Zoost pulled off a smart save, diving low to her right to keep the Wolues ahead and seemingly gaining more confidence or shocked into a reaction, the Wolues started to turn on the style.

Reich’s curling attempt heading towards the upper right corner of the goal could only be blocked by a defender’s hand and Reich then stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to make it 2-0.

Darci Reich brings the Wolues score up to 2-0 against VG Utd in BVIFA Women’s Futsal League game of December 12, 2020

Wolues WFC defeat Avengers WFC in BVIFA Women’s Futsal League game

Despite a strong early defensive performance the shorthanded Avengers WFC were first overwhelmed and then steam rollered by the marauding Wolues WFC, falling to a 10-2 defeat in Saturday’s BVI Football Association Women’s Futsal League encounter at Cedar School to a team that are quickly becoming irresistible to watch and seemingly impossible to beat.

The Avengers’ strategy – having traveled with a bare minimum of five players – of defending en mass and looking to hit the Wolues on the break, saw them keep their opponents frustrated for the first 17 minutes, but then, as the Wolues began to move the ball around the pitch, stretching the tiring Avengers, Darci Reich glided past a defender or two and fired home the opener.

“The Wolues’ women showed off their patience and ball mastery during that first spell,” noted Nick Mesum. “By stretching the pitch you could see the Avengers’ women begin to tire and it was only going to be a matter time.”

The goal seemed to deflate the Avengers and it was followed up with two additional strikes by Reich who would complete her second hat trick of the season before half time, whilst Brittany Peters fired in a long range corker to give the Avengers a glimmer of hope.

However, after ringing the changes coach Peter Van Zoost was rewarded by seeing his team score a decisive fourth as Tinia Van Zoost – switching her goalkeeper gloves for a pair of striker’s boots – made no mistake from a corner. Ariel Mohammed made it 5-1 a minute later, Zolita Bamford made it 7-1 with a quick fire brace and Tola Broderick added two more in the 43rd and 47th minutes before Reich returned to the fray and turned provider for Edith Ferrer who made it double digits in the 49th.

Peters netted a late consolation from the penalty spot, but the day and the points truly belonged to the girls in sky blue

“The hunger shown by the girls was great to see,” commented coach Walter Reich who added that a few of the girls would have loved to have seen more minutes in the game but also highlighted his “unsung” players as well as giving accolade to the contributions if both Ariel Mohamed at the holding midfield position and Tinia Van Zoost as goalkeeper/sweeper during the first half.

“There are players on every great team who may not get the accolades that goal scorers get but their roles in these extremely critical positions are key to the team’s success,” said coach Reich. “their composure and ability to distribute the ball stretches the opponents and is so important to creating the space necessary for the wingers and striker to do their thing. Teams that win generally have players who are willing to work in the engine room and sometimes out of the limelight.” he concluded.

The Panthers WFC will play VG United at Cedar School with a 4.30pm kick off on Saturday, December 5.