As one parent said to me after the game “Just cut and paste last week’s match report.”
In a lot of ways the games were similar, with a similar outcome. The boys had a very ordinary first half, albeit “uphill and into the wind” and HG Nelson would say. The defense held strong and maintained even footing going into the second half, Nil-all. Another half time re-calibration session with Julio and the boys went out aided by the downhill run. They created a few good chances, most notably Wilson’s bomb that somehow missed the top right corner. Full-time, still goal-less.
First half of extra -time we had the run, but still couldn’t convert. Second half running uphill we had a goal mouth scramble and couldn’t believe they managed to keep the ball out.
The penalties had a bit of a twist. Ruben got his but Jacob didn’t get his in. Both Shellharbour attempts went in, putting the boys under pressure 2-1. SamL and Wilson got theirs then Braeden made his first save (their forth attempt) putting us back in contention. TK slotted his home 4-4 and game on! Lochlan stepped up and converted his chance. Braeden made his second save off Shellharbours 7th giving us a shot. A very nervous Matty D strode up to the spot and hit the back of the net giving the boys the win 6-5.
Just when we thought it wouldn’t be our day…. the football gods were smiling on us.
Figtree await us in the Grand Final, and as we now know anything can happen, and is likely to!
We have only given up two goals in the last four games which is a pretty impressive statistic, especially as the last two games were against the teams that came second and third. What isn’t as impressive is that we have only managed to score a single goal ourselves, not good form to take into a big match.
However as we all know Grand Finals are different. As with last week, the Grand Final starts on Tuesday at training.
Can’t wait! Even though we have rode our luck the boys thoroughly deserve to finish the season on a high, they have played some of the best football even when the results haven’t gone their way and they struggled with consistency. We are all confident that they will put on a great show and do themselves proud.