Croydon Kings might have found a new cult hero when super-sub Mohammed “Moey” Sumaoro (pictured) scored the only goal of the game for the second week in a row, moving it into fourth spot on the ladder after late drama against Cumberland.
As usual, the Kings somewhat true to tradition, left it very late in the match giving the home supporters many nervous moments during the entire second half.
In fact it turned out to be the last kick of the game which sealed all three points for Croydon in a classic move involving some clever build up play on the left side with some slick passing before an inch-perfect cross found an unmarked Sumaoro to tap in, much to the delight and relief of all involved with the home side.
Cumberland took the game to Croydon early on, but as time wore on, it was the Kings who gathered momentum and created the better chances.
Much like last week, Croydon was careful to ensure its defensive game was up to scratch and were rock solid when called upon, with Bility, Anthony Francesca, Panagaris and Brazzale prominent.
The half time 0-0 score didn’t seem to be a worry and Croydon mounted more and more pressure but just couldn’t find the net, with ex-King Luke Schoen having a good game in goals for the Foxes.
They hit the post, and crossbar and after forcing several corners without scoring, it looked like there was to be a share of the points until the classic late move was finished off by “Moey”.
Coach Mark Brazzale was happy with the 3 points which he saw as vital and whilst there was still things to work on, he felt the Kings thoroughly deserved the win.
What a difference a couple weeks make after languishing in last spot after round one!
A special mention goes to Croydon’s goalkeeper Nick Munro, who celebrated his 150th game with Croydon and was rewarded with a clean sheet two weeks in a row. Thanks Munners, here’s to another 150!
The Reserves made hard work of their win, also to the tune of 1-0 when a Josh Farrell penalty was expertly converted in the first half. This makes it 3 from 3 wins, but coach Mick Doyle isn’t getting carried away with that and is keen to advance the progress of the young team, but it’s great to see so much maturity amongst his squad who are slowly narrowing the gap between themselves and the senior team meaning the depth at the Kings is still quite encouraging.
The U/18’s started on fire against Cumberland and were 1-0 up early, however an untimely red card soon after proved to be a hurdle too much to overcome, even though the young Kings went into the half time sheds 2-0 up despite being a man down. Unfortunately it all went pear shaped in the second half and some poor defending allowed the Foxes to find the back of the net six times, and a tiring Kings eventually went down 3-6. Early signs were good, but as with the past couple games, there is still much hard work ahead with fitness being a notable liability.
Next week we are away to Olympic at Elite Stadium, Angle Park. This is a game Croydon, put simply, are now expected to win.
Olympic would have found the going quite tough at Metro going down 4-1 on their much bigger pitch, but as we know, Olympic have some classy players and seem a tougher unit on the smaller “Astroturf” ground at Elite.
After solid 3-0 win against Adelaide United there in the opening round, Olympic have stumbled with a loss to Blue Eagles in before last week’s demise at Metro.
Clearly, they will be desperate. But Croydon will be equally keen to build on their improving performances too, so it will be a classic “local derby” where form will count for little.
Hopefully we will have good numbers in support of the Kings to reward their last two weeks and ensure we maintain our run up the ladder.
Please note kick off times will be 3pm (U/18’s) 5pm (Reserves) and 7pm (Seniors) this week.
Thanks again to Joe Janko for the pic!