MPL – Round Six v Ferrymead Bays
On a bright and shinny mid April Saturday afternoon we were out to Ferrymead Park to play the Bays. Bays away is a very tough fixture where we have struggled to get the 3 points over the years. Even with all the player movement Bays have experienced we knew they would be strong at home having already beaten Cashmere Tech just weeks before.
The start of the game couldn’t have gone better for us really with two goals within the first 10 minutes. Some great combination play between 3 of our attacking players with some razzle dazzle by Aaron Spain who finished it off was what got us our first goal. Two minutes later Zac assisted Reese Cox off a corner to nod one in. That’s Reese’s first goal in a Coastal shirt. At 2-0 up just 5 minutes later we have an absolute penalty shout that I feel if we weren’t dominating so much would have been given. But after that first 15 minutes we went into some sort of cruise control. Was really frustrating to see us playing the game like it was too easy for us and in turn allowed Bays to start playing and get into it.
Bays Bounced Back
Bays bounced back with a goal from a deep far post cross. Their big lad on the left Omar was giving Connor a fair battle. It was Omar that nod it back for a tap in to one of our old youngsters Ryan Nicholson. Great to see him scoring goals in the MPL. At 2-1 I wasnt happy with our reaction as we couldn’t match Bays’s enthusiasm cause they were back in the game. It was 20 minutes of close football until our tactics and player quality shined through. We pressed well and capitalized on Bays mistakes for some class from both Treye and Haris for the next two goals. Another assist from Spain in there somewhere too.
Half-time not happy
4-1 at halftime and to be honest I’m pissed off we go up 2 goals early and didnt have the maturity to deal with that situation. But we live and learn and the boys come out 2nd half and then bossed it. An early goal from one of Coastals homegrown stalwarts Zac Gordon. What a fantastic start to the year he has had. He wins alot in the air Zac but very rarely does he score. Thats his first goal in MPL history in over 50 or 60 games. About time then. After that Haris had a few one on ones and hit the bar also. He prob should have scored two this game. Our 6th goal come from Haris getting to the byline and Louie making a long run from fullback to get far post for a tap in.
Welcome home Aaron
So although I was pretty disgruntled, on paper it was a historic result. The 6-1 win is the clubs highest ever away win in the MPL. The game also saw us welcome back a club legend in Aaron Spain. The cap meant Aaron Spain has 147 games for Coastal Spirit and he overtakes Gareth Turnbull to become the SECOND most capped player behind Tristan Nicol. Other players to have bought up 100 caps that are not with us right now are Eddie Ashton and Brennan Pitts. Shout out to those boys.
A special day too with a debut from young goalkeeper Lachie Doyle, Lachie has had lots of training under our GK coach Graeme and played admirably. But the top performers were certainly Hogan, Spain, Haris and Reese. Although Reese didnt hit some of his longer passes he was superb today. He controlled the game well and his shorter passing game was spot on. Even more so, looking at the stats, Reese performed more actions than any other player but half of his actions came in the last 15 minutes of the game. 6-1 up and in the last 15 minutes you get a lad absolutely giving it for the boys. Man of the match right there and congrats on your first goal buddy.
See you Friday @ English Park
So up next we look to continue with our winning run and take it to Selwyn at English Park on Friday 2:45pm. Selwyn always score goals so we need to make sure we outscore them. The league is now looking like a top four and bottom four. Being in the top 4 will mean we will qualify for the South Island league which is step 1. Hopefully see you at the next game.