Early goalfest the feature of draw

ALBURY City and Melrose have played out a 4-4 goalfest in women’s action.

Two of the competition’s expected powerhouses traded blows in a seven-goal first half that saw the reigning Cup holders go into the break 4-3 up.

Melrose scored early in the second half but despite several chances that hit the crossbar neither team could break the deadlock.

City’s new coach Steve Kusic was full of praise for his team’s spirit in coming from 0-2 early in the first half.

“We had some key players out today and had to call on our juniors to top up the squad,” he said.

“One of those, Chelsea Blissett, was outstanding — she is only 14 but had a great game on the right wing and showed she has a great future,” he said.

“Gemma Imrie in the midfield was also outstanding.

“To come back from 2-0 down shows the character of the team — you can’t be disappointed.”

Melrose coach Les Chettleburgh said he was taking the positives out of the game.

“In patches we were good but we panicked a little under pressure and that’s when City got on top,” he said.

“But we were able to pick it back up and were happy with that result in the end.

“Amy Martin at the back was the best for us, she just held it all together.”