GRIT and fortitude was on show as Daylesford and Hepburn United under-11 girls made a brave, relentless comeback at Russell Square on Sunday.
Neallah made her debut in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association clash, lighting up the left side with her positive attitude.
Goal keeper Monique starred in the second half, making great saves.
Defence held strong and became more resolute in the second half, with trio of tyranny Sierra, Evie and Mac repelling onslaught after onslaught.
Mac showed the girls how to tackle players much bigger than her. Evie showed unrelenting pace and counterattacking ability and Sierra is showing great improvement.
Ava made a big impact in the middle. Immy who had returned from two weeks training in high altitude and ice cream eating, made a huge difference coming out of goal in the second half, driving the team forward and showed great maturity and skill to adapt to multiple roles.
Anouk ran her heart out and she burnt up the field on the right while Ruby’s second game as her defence and midfield presence was immense.
Ella showed her talent up front, beating rivals while controlling the ball and able to link up passes with Stevie, Evie and Ava in some passing moves. Nina persevered all day and got her reward for a great effort in the second half.
Meanwhile, faster and stronger Creswick outmuscled Daylesford 7-1 in under-15 despite the Saints holding Creswick scoreless for the first 20 minutes.
The Saints under-13s did not put a foot wrong in a 12-0 win against Creswick. Strong defence helped the Saints under-11 boys maintain control against a plucky Ballarat.
Two Josh Butler goals, direct from corners, helped set the Saints up for a 4-2 win against Maryborough in seniors.