Women PLSQ : Ottawa South United hangs on to Monteuil

Ottawa South United had an interesting week, drawing 1-1 in Monteuil on Saturday after beating FC Laval 1-2 on Thursday. Even if the Ontarians went through some difficult moments at the end of the game yesterday.

After a first half that was rather discreet in terms of chances, Monteuil stepped up a gear. Laurie-Ann Moise provoked the Ottawa defence, the ball came back to Justine Lalande who tried her luck in a closed angle but the goalkeeper Anna Demarbre remained solid on her supports (47e). Karima Lemire tried her luck from distance but her powerful shot was well saved by the OSU goalkeeper (52e). Ontario were becoming more and more threatening and a cross from Mattson Strickler was almost taken by Claire Rea (53e). The game came to life and a Karima Lemire free kick was almost headed in by Sara Anelli from a few yards out (61e). Ottawa South United were not to be denied and from a corner, Anna Larkin headed the ball past Kelly Cantin (63e). Claire Rea broke through on the left and crossed for Mattson Strickler to score with a one-touch finish (0-1, 66e).

The Laval defence struggled to deal with the opposition’s counter-attacks and from another corner Anna Larkin tried her luck with a header but the ball went well over (68e). Audrey Chelsie Francois was found deep in the box. She fed Léonie Portelance, a newcomer, who sent a missile into the goal (1-1, 68e)! The Monteuil revolt was underway, even if Amro Radwan’s players had a good scare when Lily Goss broke away from the defence to face Kelly Cantin alone. But the keeper had the last word (69e). Kaitlyn Fournier tried her luck with a volley but the ball went over (74e). Audrey Chelsie François crossed to Kaitlyn Fournier in the penalty area but the playmaker was thwarted (76e). Noémi Paquin tried her luck with a powerful low shot. Anna Demarbre was unable to get hold of the ball and it took a last ditch effort to prevent Kaitlyn Fournier from pushing the ball into the net (79e). Léonie Portelance then crossed the ball to Kaitlyn Fournier who was unable to get on the end of it (89e). A corner kick from Karima Lemire was just wide of the post (90e). The defence was happy to see the ball go just inches wide.

Goals: Portelance (68e) for Monteuil ; Strickler (66e) for Ottawa South United.

They said

Amro Radwan (Monteuil coach): « This is one of the most difficult games for me because we have already qualified for the Final Four and we have to motivate the players to the maximum. It’s not the same energy when there is less rivalry. Ottawa South United fought back well. As for us, we woke up after the opening goal. It’s a good lesson but it shouldn’t happen at this level.

Anthony Vassalo (Ottawa South United coach): « We put in a great defensive performance with a very young team. We managed to score by managing the game with a lot of energy. The draw is deserved. It was a good week. We’ll look at the other results now to see if fourth place is within reach. »

The editorial staff of www.justesoccer.com

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