The Wolumla Tigresses soccer team is struggling with injuries and it took a toll against the Bega Pink Devils on Sunday.
The Devils ladies picked up a decisive 7-2 win.
The early passages of play seemed fairly even as attacks from both sides were deterred by rock-solid defence.
However, it didn’t take long for a few niggling injuries to flare up for Wolumla.
Two players came off with cramping muscles and another with a twisted ankle.
The Devils on the other hand were in fine form and started coordinating attacks on the goals.
Nicole Constable was leading the charge and fired two early goals past the keeper.
The Tigresses back line of Michaela Wilson and Jesse Gibbs were working hard, but Gibbs was strained on a sore leg.
The Tigresses struck back from a long-range goal kick that soared straight to striker Lee Collimore.
Collimore got past one defender before offloading to a team-mate to make the shot.
Unfortunately for the Devils, their goalie was injured and had to come off, with Judith Orman stepping in to her old role.
Meanwhile, Caitlin Johnson took up goal-keeping duties for the Tigresses and was a vocal support from the back line.
Kim and Kerryn Constable were providing solid defence for the Devils, keeping play in the attack.
Meanwhile, Tigress mid-fielder Kirsty McPaul was combining with Tegan Grant and Amy Legge to hold back what play they could.
However, it was not enough as on the half-time break a Tigress had to be carried off the field with a thigh injury.
Another Tigress came off with a rolled ankle and the body count on the bench began piling up.
After the break, the Devils combined repeatedly in a left-wing play that gave them scoring opportunities.
The Tigresses were able to pull one goal back, but at full-time were down 7-2 to the Devils.
Competition was fierce and the score line doesn’t reflect the quality of soccer played on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the men enjoyed a tight tussle in the first grade with Bega scoring a 3-2 win over the Tigers.
See Friday’s BDN for a full report on the men’s clash.