Park Ave come back from the brink
WHAT Park Avenue Brothers A1 women lack in polish, they make up in grit and guts.
Down 2-nil at half-time against Gladstone Sparks courtesy of goals to Rhiannon Baxter and Tatum Armstrong, Park Avenue fought back to claim a draw at the weekend.
With heads drooped and confidence low, it was coach Wendee Lloyd-Jones who took charge to pick them up.
“Our first half we just weren’t connecting as a team and they got two nice goals from us not marking up in defence. They (Sparks) capitalised on that,” Lloyd-Jones said.
“We weren’t focused and went away from our basics.
“But the girls banded together at half-time and came out guns blazing. They put it together.”
Tyneille Madden ended the day with a brace, both coming from corners - the first a straight shot home and the second a lay-off.
Lloyd-Jones said Gladstone made them work extremely hard in defence.
“We did defend a lot, particularly in the second half,” she said.
“They are starting to work as a team. Our last pass is missing though, we are having trouble finishing off counter attacking opportunities.”
She saved praise for two-goal hero Madden, 14-year-old Renae Sweeney and defensive rock Kylee Ash.
“Renae has been playing up a division. She is tiny but so strong on the ball and was a stand-out,” she said.
“And Kylee was great in defence. Her marking was solid, clear-outs and tackling all very good. Tyneille obviously did very well with her brace.”
Brothers are still targeting top four but know they must beat Wanderers to stand a chance.