MPL – Round Five v Nomads United
At Home needing a win
On Saturday we played at home against a very young and talented Nomads team to get our season back on track. It was an important game for both teams as both have had slow starts so the loser would be left in the bottom two of the table. Nomads beat us twice last season and were a bogey team of ours so to speak, so we really put lots of emphasis on this game. Our team was set up specifically to get a result against them.
We started the game quite well and within the first 30 mins Ash had several great chances to score. It was from a Claudio cross that Ash nipped away our first goal. After the goal Ash managed to fluently control some of Jacobs luxurious chips. Nomads keeper Max did brilliantly to keep Ash out a 3rd and 4th time.
Salt n Pepper at Half Time
At halftime we felt in control of the game but the job was not done. We spoke about how we could ensure Nomads weren’t able to get into the game and emphasized on how we could get our wingers in the game more to kill them off. I think the halftime talk with the group had the right balance of salt n pepper and our boys reacted brilliantly in the 2nd half. Two early 2nd half goals come our way. Jack Mitchell opened his 2019 account with a screamer volley that’s hit the underside of the cross bar. And the 3rd Goal Ash has released Treye who’s end up putting defenders on the floor and put one in the onion bag. Although the goals were impressive it was the amount of big chances we created that pleased me the most. On another day it could have been five or six nil. With Matt Thomas not having had much to do it was a great day at the office for Coastal Spirit.
Such a good day that it was tough to give the man of the match. Ash was back to his best, Treye was devastating and scored a brilliant goal, and JJ was constantly creating chances and winning his battle against a top winger. But the man of the match goes to a Coastal Academy kid. Jack Mitchel, with one of the best goals of the season but more importantly he made the most tackles out of everyone and covered a tremendous amount of ground. He is a great example of how far a good attitude and work ethic can get you. Jack was player of the year for the reserves last year and is moving up the ranks very quickly.
Now we look to try and create a winning streak with our next game against Ferrymead Bays at Ferrymead Park. I have great memories playing there last year with Claudio’s free kick winner but bad memories every year before that. It will be a tough game but I hope to see you there.