Women’s Soccer Super League – Play-Off 1 Club YLA
Two goals against in just a few minutes sent all the good that Club YLA showed against Standard in the first half to the trash. For example, after the spectacular victory over Anderlecht, two 0-2 losses followed in as many home matches and Blauw-zwart drops to fifth place in Play-Off 1. For departing coach Dennis Moerman there is no reason at all to bury the hatchet.
In the home match against Standard, Club YLA was keen to erase the 0-2 defeat against KRC Genk. Coach Dennis Moerman saw how his team did not reward itself in the first half and got the lid on the nose shortly after the break.
“Our intention was to grab Standard by the throat with positive football and not let them play football. That worked very well in the first half. We trumped the Rouches finished with high pressure and were also the better team in football. Everything worked up to the box, but as often this season, the good decision was missing in the zone of truth. After the break, a deviated ball fell at the feet of their striker Welma Fon, who of course does not miss such an opportunity. Shortly afterwards, a cross from Zoe Van Eynde ended up directly in goal and then you know that it will be very difficult to come back. We didn’t grab our momentum in the first half and then it’s very sour to be left empty-handed. With the early retirement of Lyndsey Van Belle and also the absence of Davinia Vanmechelen, we were not served by the circumstances, but we certainly cannot hide behind that.”
Club YLA still has seven games left in Play-Off 1 to close the gap with the top four, which is already five points. For coach Dennis Moerman, his second season at Blauwzwart will also be his last.
“Especially the balance with my private life is no longer in line with the commitment you have to show as a coach of a top division team. Sometimes you have to make hard choices and that was certainly the case with this decision. The talks with the board were very constructive and we parted as good friends. In the coming years my focus will mainly be on my family life, but that does not mean that I will completely disappear from football. There are already some contacts at a lower level, but in the coming weeks I especially want to show with Club YLA that our role in these play-offs is far from over.”