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Match Report for

Charles River Women (1st) vs. Portland Women (1st)
10 September 2016

Location: Matches are played on the fields bordering William J. Day Blvd, near the bath house. Parking is available on Old Colony Ave or in parking lots on William J. Day Blvd.

Charles River Women: 5    Portland Women: 21

Late start to match as the pitch was inspected, it was confusing with softball lines going across the pitch and then one sideline had a slight angle to it causing a small tapering of the filed at one end. The pitch was deemed terrible by both sides but safe to play on and both teams wanted to play.

Portland controlled the match early by doing a much better job in support allowing them to retain possession of the ball, though the first hald was marked with handling errors on both sides. Most of the match it felt like the Portland backs had long run after long run.

Portland jumped out to a 14-0 lead and had many more chances but was not able to capitalize and towards the end of the first half the River fullback was able to step a couple of defenders and bounce another one off her for an unconverted try.

The second half saw improved handling on both sides but defenses were vastly improved and the match was played between the 22s, at one point Portland was threatening and a River high tackle resulted in a yellow card. River was able to keep Portland from scoring for 9 minutes but Portland eventually wore them down for another try with the man advantage. River had a chance to get back in the match with a 5 meter penalty but had a very blatant cavalry charge and never threatened again.

Referee: Akira Do