CLOSE CONTEST: Chinchilla Honeybears player Elouise Stanford going up against Dalby on Sunday.
CLOSE CONTEST: Chinchilla Honeybears player Elouise Stanford going up against Dalby on Sunday. Contributed

Honeybears snatch the win

THE Chinchilla Honeybears took on Dalby in Dalby on Sunday. The Honeybears were looking to build on a good result the week before and started well.

The Honeybears should have taken the lead early when Tegan Cann was played into space by Bonnie Callaghan. Cann found herself one on one with the goalkeeper but was unable to hit the target. Soon after it was Annie Johnson's turn to threaten when Claire Valler swung in a brilliant corner, but Johnson was unable to apply the finishing touch with her shot flying over the crossbar.

The Honeybears were dominating the first half and it was Lauren Weedon next who was denied by the post and Weedon got a second bite of the cherry but it was well saved by the Dalby goalkeeper. Dalby rarely threatened but in a rare raid into the Honeybears half Teliah Hoskins made room for a shot but was well wide.

The Honeybears were unable to crack the Dalby defence in the first half with the score 0-0 at half time.

It was much of the same in the second half with the Honeybears pounding on the door and nearly broke through when Bonnie Callaghan cleverly made space for herself but saw her shot fire back off the crossbar. Sally Carroll was starting to find a lot of space on the edge of the Dalby penalty area but was unable to beat the Dalby keeper from range. Late in the half Annie Johnson must have thought she scored when she hit a powerful shot toward the bottom corner but the Dalby goalkeeper produced a brilliant save diving low to her right and guiding the ball to safety.

With time running out the Honeybears were flooding forward and nearly got caught on the break after a moment of indecision in the Honeybears back line allowed the Dalby striker through on goal but goalkeeper Gabby Hicks did just enough to slow the Dalby striker down for Jacque Cox to clear to safety.

But it was the Honeybears who finally got a deserved winner with the last kick of the game Annie Johnson was played through on goal and this time made no mistake firing low into the corner to make the final score Honeybears 1, Dalby 0.

Honeybears coach Tim Taylor said it was a frustrating game.

"We were dominant for the entire game and deserved to win by a lot more than we did. I just kept asking the ladies to not panic and to continue to do the right things and the goal will come and thankfully it did with the last kick of the game.”

"A few people have asked if I am getting frustrated at the amount of chances we are missing but to be honest I'm not no. I'd be worried if we weren't making the chances but we are we have to just keep doing the right things and the bit of luck we need in front of goal will come.”

"The standout today for me was Tegan Cann. We played her in a new position and she excelled. Playing as a striker is one of the more frustrating positions on the field especially when we have a day like today but she kept doing the right things and tried to combine well with players around her I was very impressed.”

The Honeybears next game is on June 24 against West Wanderers in Toowoomba.