MPL – Round Four v Cashmere Technical
On Saturday we played our first home game against the current champions Cashmere Technical. Having lost to a scrappy Western team the game before our boys were very eager to bounce back with a good performance and 3 points.
With 5 new players coming into the lineup and it being the first time this team has played together it was very pleasing to see us dominating a top class team. We had two great chances when Reese put Ash through on a 1v1 and when Jacobs cross found Ash far post but unfortunately our clubs highest ever goalscorer couldnt add to his impressive tally. It was at the 44th minute when our vice captain and centre back Mike Hogan hit a long switch into a tech player, the deflection put Tuckey in behind us for Tech to score against the run of play. To be fair it was a great finish from the poacher.
Positives at Half Time
At half time we spoke about how we can adjust to Techs shape so we can create more chances. We started the 2nd half well and put Tech under even more pressure then the 1st half. 14 corners later and a half dozen scrambles in their box we still couldnt score and it was from our own corner that Tech managed to capitalize on our mistake to get another run away goal 2-0 to them.
After the goal Tech started to have a little more control of the game but I was proud of the boys for giving it everything right up until the final whistle. After getting the statistics back from the game I was really happy with our performance. We had not had this group together before with players coming in from injury, national league duty and Claudio back from a 4 week holiday in his hometown Chile. We were better then Tech in every Stat aside from goals. 14 corners to their 4. A dozen more shots, more possession, higher pass completion, more challenges won etc.
For this reason the group is still really positive and upbeat and are really looking forward to the rest of the season. However the points table says a different story so hopefully a good performance this weekend sees us get the 3 points we deserve.
It was great to see our academy kid Haris back from his national league campaign and showing how much of a handful he can be, Haris has clearly improved over the summer and id like to think the extra training sessions we are doing and the quality senior players we have in our group will continue his development. However, man of the match was the shaggy Zac Gordon who made tackling hard look easy. It was Zacs first game in a long time and I was very pleased to see him battle through 90 minutes.
Our next game is against Nomads at English Park so I hope to see you there.