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‘I was hoping for a loss to make them realise they’re not invincible’: Fascetti reflects on Ingham’s first defeat this season

Rodney Fascetti side scored 70 goals and won the league by 16 points.

HAVING won ten games straight Ingham suffered their first defeat of the season in a 2-1 loss to MA Olympic in the women’s reserve league.

The girls have been on fire this season, blitzing many of the teams they have faced and winning a crucial top-of-the ladder clash away at Brothers.

Striker Aimee Godfrey fired them ahead after 30 minutes against MA Olympics – the team who sit third in the table – but two second-half goals in Townsville saw the game turned on its head..

Coach Rodney Fascetti was in philosophical mood after the defeat.

He said:  ‘I was hoping for a loss just to make them realise they’re not invincible.

‘To go through a season unbeaten is not a good thing if you ask me.

‘This should make them think: ‘I’ve got to get back to training’.

‘I’ve been getting four and five at training – this week I’ve had three quarters of the team there.’

Ingham coach Rodney Fascetti.

A late rally saw Ingham hit the post and create chance after chance – but it was not their night.

Fascetti added: ‘We dominated 80% of the game but didn’t take our opportunities.

‘In the last five minutes we hit the post and had two or three shots. I was really happy with the way the girls played.’

Ingham had gone into the match without the in-form Greenaway sisters, Akema and Madison, while centre-back Randall Perakovic served the last of a three-game suspension – reduced from five on appeal – for the red card she received against Brothers.

Aimee Godfrey raced onto Kirrily Low’s through ball after 30 minutes and bravely clipped the ball around the outrushing keeper – being taken out in the process – to make it 1-0 to Ingham.

Wolves held their lead until a 65’ minute cross went over the keeper’s head and was touched in at the back post to level the scores.

Ten minutes later a free-kick was given just outside Ingham’s box, which was fired into the top corner to give Olympic the lead.

It is the first time this season Ingham have conceded more than one goal in a match.

Fascetti has already seen the reaction he wanted, with players flocking back to training.

His side now have three games in a week, facing Burdekin away on Friday before hosting Ross River on Tuesday and playing Estates at Augie Pane Field three days later.

Our girls can take some consolation from title-rivals Brothers dropping points in their 1-1 draw with Saints.

The Hinchinbrook side are five points clear at the top of the table, having played a game more than second-placed Brothers.

Friday 9 October is the date the pair next meet, at Augie Pane Field in the last round game of the season in what is shaping up to be a league-decider.

Until then, it’s back to basics. One game at a time. Every match is a cup final.

Whatever happens this season, the girls are doing Hinchinbrook proud.

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