IMAG0446 Darebin Falcons made the long trek north to Broadford to take on Mitchell Rangers on Sunday but returned empty-handed against one of the Metro North West League’s high-flyers, losing 4-0.
But there were promising signs in the first half as Darebin’s defence, well marshalled by Jas Hirst and Staci Timms, contained the Rangers’ attacking forays.
Not for the first time this season the Falcons found themselves up against skilful and much faster opponents but Irena Farinacci and Amy Higginson were combining well in the engine room to ensure Darebin won their fair share of possession.
The visitors looked comfortable and when the hosts’ opening goal came it had a touch of luck about it, a shot coming from a crowded penalty area that gave keeper Ruth Barton no chance.
Only 1-0 down at half-time, Darebin were encouraged to press forward and try to equalise but despite the efforts of tireless right winger Kristen Tytler and Ange Mackie down the left were unable to make any impression on the scoreboard.
As the game wore on, the younger legs of the Rangers’ began to take effect and three goals in quick succession – two were unstoppable efforts from long range – gave the score a lop-sided look that the Falcons hardly deserved.
Still, the visitors showed plenty of heart in running out the game and will take some confidence in this weekend’s game against Tullamarine City at AH Capp Reserve.