It was a familiar tale when the Croydon Kings snatched 3 away points with a narrow win away to Cumberland on a brisk Saturday night at Bailey Reserve.
Once again it was a 1-0 score-line, but it was an unfamiliar source that found the net when Michael Doyle (main picture), back into the senior team after a lengthy injury lay-off, bundled the ball over the line following a wicked corner kick from King’s livewire Rocky Visconte in the 71st minute.
It was always going to be a tough slog and the first half saw both side’s midfield dominate and clear cut chances were few. In fact a long range drive from the Foxes which struck the post was their half’s closest effort, with a looping header by Croydon’s McGreevy hitting the cross bar being our best opportunity. Another 0-0 half time score ensued, something amazingly a common theme this season.
As the second half wore on, Croydon’s stubborn defence began to tell on Cumberland’s meek efforts and as the game wore on, Croydon, even more so with a couple fresh subs coming on, looked more dangerous.
Then came that vital corner and Michael Doyle, playing as Hosine Bility’s replacement at centre back, did what was common a season or two ago with a forward thrust that resulted in a vital strike and a valuable 3 points. More chances fell to McGreevy, Alisan and Trimboli late on but the final whistle saw the Kings in front and that’s the main objective. Good players all over the park this week and Doyle, Brazzale, Munro and Visconte probably the pick of the bunch and the Kings move into fifth place on the ladder.
It’s a subject that’s been flogged to death, so rather than focus on it, let’s start afresh and look at next week’s home game with Olympic being a new challenge and something where the Croydon attack can flourish and get that monkey off it’s back. After all, we have not had back-to-back wins since round 2-3 and with some big games looming, this is one not to take lightly. Put simply, its time!
The Reserves had a shock loss going down 2-0 after a rusty game, but one where you had to give the Foxes some credit given the magnitude of their task and in the end they were simply more clinical in front of goal.
The U/18’s looked in big trouble when they had a player sent off after just 10 minutes and with Cumberland piling on the chances early in the game, but to the Kings credit, some great saves by Gianni in goals and some desperate defending saw them battle out a goalless draw, their first share of points this season. Gutsy display fellas, and one we hope that can be built on with 8 games left in the season.
The Croydon Ladies had a decent hit out against Para Hills, going down 6-2 in the end, but again it was another score-line that was a big improvement on when the teams met last. The Reserves succumbed 14-0, but again were hard up to fill the team and a couple first timers came to the rescue to make sure the game went ahead, so well done on your grit and determination, it’s something that will certainly help build a certain type of culture that has been long part of the club’s 67 year history. Check out Ricky-Lee Poppy’s pics on the facebook page to see how much she put her body on the line as keeper for the team! Bravo!
Finally a big congratulations to fan favourite Nathan Farrell, who last week took the “big plunge” and became engaged to his beautiful partner Ashlee. We wish you both well for a long, healthy and happy life together!