Diamonds back from the dead to stay on top

TWO of Wodonga Diamonds’ young guns inspired a remarkable comeback to draw yesterday’s top-of-the-table women’s clash at Melrose Park.

Trailing 2-0 with just over 10 minutes left, Grace Gill started the fightback by finishing a solo run down the left with a strike to beat the Melrose keeper at the near post.

Only minutes later Antoinette Morrison levelled the score from the opposite side with a shot that was always going to find the top right of the net from the moment it left her boot.

A Melrose win would have taken top spot off the Diamonds, but coach Les Chettleburgh was far from disappointed.

He said defender Amy Martin and forward Katelyn Seal did a lot of work.

“It’s not the end of the world,” he said.

“Once we went 2-0 up, we became too defensive, invited them to score and they did.

“But we are still undefeated, still have a game in hand and the only game that matters comes at the end of the year.”

Diamonds coach Tony Cigana said it was a great fightback after scores were locked 0-0 at half-time.

“We dominated for long periods, perhaps 80 per cent of the game, and suddenly found ourselves down 2-0,” he said.

“We were dead and buried but it was a testament to the girls’ belief and courage how they rallied.

“Melrose are a very good side, but I think that showed we have the game to beat them.

“At the end of the day we are still in the race and not many sides are capable of coming back from 2-0 down.”