GeelongSC 1-2 Sporting Whittlesea
Soccer can be a very cruel game as was the case when we played title contender Sporting Whittlesea.
We completey dominated this game throughout and took the lead through a Kuta goal, only to squander it soon after. A lack of communication in our back third caused us to concede the equaliser. We applied constant pressure which resulted in a number of good chances being squandered. The main culprits being Kuta who missed an open goal and young Christian who must have suffered stage fright.
In an action packed second half, our reliable centre back Chris was rushed to hospital with suspected appendicitis, meaning more personnel changes. Michael Nikolovski came on after being out for a long spell with a calf injury and he had an immediate impact on the game. With 15 minutes to play Whittlesea had a player red carded which gave us an advantage and once again we peppered their goal but could not find the winner. As is often the case they caught us on the break and scored a late winner leaving the playing group absolutely devasted.
Sometimes you play well but get nothing out of the game and this was just what happened to us. The players committment was excellent.
Whittlesea United 3-1 GeelongSC
Last Saturday we played celler dweller Whittlesea Utd without our captain Steve Nikolovski who was suspended, as a result of 5 yellows. Also missing was our key defender Chris who was recovering from minor surgery. Shelden went to centre back. Our lack of squad depth left us exposed throughout the first half and we found ourselves a goal down at half-time.
We changed from our normal formation of 3-6-1 to 3-4-3 and introduced young Alberto into the line-up. Alberto had done well playing in the previous reserve game. Within 10 minutes of the restart Alberto scored for us to equalise the match.
Like the week before, we pinned the opposition in their own half and created numerous scoring chances only to concede a counter attack goal, it was a real sucker punch. Shelden was then pushed up front to give us some added fire power in the closing minutes. But that left us light at the back and Whittlesea scored again.
The lesson learned is that you can dominate games and create lots of chances but if you don’t take them you will get punished at this level. The positive is that we are now creating lots of chances and we just have to be more clinical in front of goal.
We host Melbourne Uni this Saturday. Our home form has been good and we have a full squad to choose from this week so we will go into this game full of confidance.