Fed Premier: Brooklyn 1, Olympic 1
The tone of this match can be best summed up by the events of the last twenty minutes of the game, Olympic attacking with numerous chances and Brooklyn relying on quick breaks. This game was always going to be difficult given the nature of play Brooklyn use. Therefore to take the lead so early in the first half was great to see given that normally we are not known for scoring early. A fine free kick move by Wayne Rooker and Jared Curtis enabling Jared to register his first goal of the season. The remainder of the half was continued pressure without result, especially in the final minutes of the half when Russel Kamo missed a chance to extend the lead, this was more due the ground conditions than any lack of finishing ability. At half time 1-0 up we encouraged the players to ensure we challenge for each ball and "close-down" Brooklyn, unfortunately this did not happen for the first twenty five minutes, even taking into account that during that period we did score a disallowed goal, the reason.......well we are still discussing that fact, as no-one seems to know. We continued to give Brooklyn room to pass the ball, and out of this space came a hopeful long pass into the box which due to the "sunlight" was impossible to see causing Barry Lewis to concede a penalty, for hand-ball after the ball had ricocheted off a fellow defender (the same event happening in the Brooklyn penalty box 10 minutes later..........................but no penalty). And, so to the final twenty minutes. Alex Smith was restored to right back where he created a number of telling runs and crosses with opportunities falling to a number of players, the best attempt of the last twenty minutes, a tremendous lob from Wayne Rooker from just under halfway that beat the keeper but missed the goal by inches. The match ended soon after, a day of missed opportunities allowing Brooklyn to obtain a point, one more than the number of corners they had all game which reflected the possession we held. Yes, we have lost ground on Lower Hutt and allowed the teams behind us to make up a little bit of ground, but the facts remain with a team the average age of twenty, we will have hiccups along the way. However, the end goal is still obtainable, we just need to refocus and continue to improve and play the full ninety minutes to allow us to display our full potential.