Croydon’s game against AU was always going to be unpredictable, but sadly the Kings this week were the ones who came up short when United delivered a killer punch to take home all three points on Saturday.
It also spelt the end of a 3 year run of being undefeated in the yellow kits!
The game started at a frantic pace and the Kings were soon on the back foot when an early penalty was conceded, one which apparently only the referee saw, and the spot kick was converted by United’s Strain,and the Kings had to show some fighting spirit. As the half wore on, it looked like they would get back into the game but nearly every attack came unstuck with a mistimed pass or cross, making it hard for the strikers to take full advantage.
Given recent weeks, going into the half time sheds 0-1 down didn’t seem to be a great concern, and having the likes of Sumaoro, Visconte and Trimboli on the bench it was thought it just a matter of time when some freshness was required.
Oddly enough, just prior to the first sub being made, it was Luke Klimek who piped up to flick a shot from inside the box that found the net and parity was restored and the kings appeared to have momentum.
Unfortunately for Croydon, it was only a matter of a few minutes later and an AU corner was headed home by an unmarked Maricic, a defensive lapse that was rare given the stoic Kings defence of late.
Every effort to equalise was thwarted by some questionable decisions from the officials in charge, although it must be said that a golden chance cleared off the line and a late free kick that was brilliantly saved by the United keeper gave Croydon enough ammunition to complete the task.
Nevertheless it must be said that AU are a vastly improved side to that which kicked off the season, and they are likely to claim some bigger scalps as the season progresses. Added to that, Croydon still remain in the top six so can solidify this with an away trip to the inconsistent Adelaide Blue Eagles next match.
The Reserves had a great 1-0 win in the top-of-the-table clash with United, which now see them steer clear at the top of the table and no doubt some eyes are being cast more closely at some of the good performances of certain individuals which will keep some first team players on their toes.
The U/18s had their first win of the season and they did this in style with a 5-3 win over the NTC side, who would have been clear favourites before kick-off. Hopefully this will be a springboard to more points in the coming weeks. Well done lads, keep working hard and these results will come again!
The Women’s team had another tough day at the office going down 15-2 at Para Hills, although to be fair they are all about developing, learning and understanding a culture which doesn’t happen overnight, so we are behind you and know that as times evolves, so will the team and its never say die attitude.
Picture, thanks to Joe Janko – Anthony Francesca pursues an AU winger with Adrian D’Alfonso doubling up just behind him