MPL – Round Seven v Selwyn United

Start of a busy few weeks

On Easter Friday we played Selwyn which was our first of 5 games in 16 days. Four of them five games are home fixtures so we were eager to get this busy schedule of to a winning start in front of our home crowd.

Unlucky in the early minutes…

We started the game lively and were quick to create some decent chances but against the run of play Selwyn were wrongly awarded a throw in. As our player Connor went to take the throw we all assumed was his, it was a Selwyn player who threw it over Connor to Dan Ede who was taken out in the box, penalty given. Dan’s penalty was saved superbly by Lachie Doyle but we were unlucky again when the follow up went straight back into Dan’s path 1-0 Selwyn. I’m left absolutely fuming at the throw in decision and a few years ago wouldn’t have been able to keep my cool.

Great Keeping

After they scored we were back to playing some good football. Not only was their GK Taco tipping shots onto the crossbar but he was also rushing out and slapping away some good one on one chances. On his day Taco is the best keeper in the league with his hands and he proved it today.  After around 25 minutes we finally got our goal. Treye wriggling to the byline and pulling it back for Spain to score.

After the goal we were pumped and started playing even better football. The fact that we didn’t score when dominating so much was a little worrying because sometimes games can be very different in the 2nd half. As the first half matured we gave Selwyn a gift. Three individual errors one after the other from Louie, Lachie and then Hogan gave Selwyn a tap in.

Wasted Opportunities

We went into halftime 2-1 down thinking how are we not winning this game. We spoke about trusting each other and how to exploit some of their weaknesses to get better goal scoring opportunities.

Although I think in the first half we actually played pretty good, the 2nd half was disappointing for me. Selwyn defended with a lot of grit and our lads played it out as if they thought someone else will score rather then take responsibility themselves. It didn’t look like we were chasing the game and there were not enough actions off the ball for good passes to be made. After hitting the bar again and squandering some good chances our confidence started to drop and then Selwyn ended up getting awarded another penalty to take it to 3-1.

Work to do

A 3-1 loss at home to Selwyn is a completely unacceptable result and we all know it. Yes we did some good things but when the going got tough we didn’t increase the urgency and really go to battle. When your striker has 10x shots and none of them on target and the opposition keeper has an absolute special game then its tough to win. The better team doesn’t always win in football and that’s why we love it.

MOTM

Man of the match for us was Aaron Spain for taking his goal nicely and creating some good opportunities for players around him.

We now play Nelson twice this week and we need 6 points if we want to be challenging for the #MPL19 title.

See you on the next one.