Following last week’s morale-boosting League Cup quarter-final victory over Avignon, AS Monaco ladies returned to league action on Sunday, this time against third-placed Carros.
Their last league fixture had ended in a frustrating defeat, and with this their last home match of the season, the hosts needed to pull something out of the bag to stake their claim on the title.
In what was promoted as the ‘Match of Peace’ in conjunction with partners Peace And Sport and Ografx, Jean-Louis Djighaly’s side made a positive start, dominating possession and setting up camp firmly in their opponent’s half.
However, it was a different story at the end of the opening period, as the Principality side’s tactics began to disintegrate – along with their prospect of the points.
AS Monaco’s frustration continued after the break, with the home side failing to take their chances at the other end, despite enjoying the bulk of possession.
The hosts’ worst fears were almost realised deep into the second half when Carros earned themselves a penalty, but fortunately for Monaco, the visitors were unable to convert the spot-kick.
Monaco made a late bid for the win, but despite their best efforts, the spoils were shared evenly with the match ending 0-0.
Unfortunately for the Principality side, Carros’ superior goal difference sees them climb above them in the table, meaning the title will be decided on the last day of championship when AS Monaco travel to Trans-Provence for a dramatic final-day showdown on 8 May.
Speaking after the match Djighaly told reporters: “We really need to work on the physical aspect of our team as this has been the main reason for our recent disappointing results. We know our next match will be a tough fixture but with hard work and determination, we shall overcome this hurdle as well.”