Round 12… the start of the half way marl of the season and Mark Brazzale’s men aren’t in the position the wanted themselves in. But a super tight ladder means every game is vital and 3 points are like gold. After 2 wins in a row (one in the cup and last week In the league), the Kings looked to take the 3 points away fom The Paddocks.
2 noticeable outs were guns Rocky Visconte and Paul Radice- both with minor injuries (Rock aiming to be back for Wednesdays Cup Semi Final). This meant starts for both Alhassan Toure and Nicolo Interieri who both desperately need to find some goals. Adrian D’Alfonso also starts against the Knights.
A tight first half and PLENTY of opportunities for the Kings who should have had 3 or 4 goals at the break. Some good goalkeeping along with poor finishing meant we were goalless at the break.
Unfortunately for the Croydon boys, a horrible injury to defender Alex Sunasky in the 40th min saw the star recruit stretchered off and taken to hospital for x-rays on what appeared to be a broken ankle. Everyone at the club wishes Alex all the very best with his recovery and rehab.
This unfortunate injury seemed to have unsettle the Kings who in the 45th min conceded a goal from a long range, top corner effort from the Para striker. Once again, and certainly not for the first time this season, the Kings were on the poor end of yet another horrible offside decision. I know I’ve carried on about this in previous reports, but this was a good meter offside and not flagged. Purely in my opinion, the standard of refereeing by both linesmen and match referees this season has been mediocre at best. Unfortunately it has cost Croydon in more than 1 game.
So we went into the break 1-0 down and with our most experienced defender on his way to hospital, as well as coach Brazzale in the bad books with the referee. A big second half was needed by the away side.
Once again, another poor 2nd half performance with multiple chances, all unrewarded, saw the Kings struggle. We had patches where we couldn’t hit targets and didn’t trouble the Para keeper at all in the half. A combination of poor refereeing and not being able to finish in front of goal saw the Kings go down 1-0. The win to Para as well as Olympic getting up and Birkalla pinching a draw, sees an already tight ladder get even tighter. Wins are going to be precious commodities- but we have the quality to climb that ladder and push for a finals spot- no doubt about it.
Our 18′s went down 2-0 in the first game of the day then our reserves were robbed of an equalizer after a clear handball in the last minute. All 3 teams left The Paddocks without any points… it was just one of those days.
This Wednesday we head down the road to The Parks to tackle Modbury Jets (with 4 ex Croydon boys in the Jets line up!) in the Cup Semi Final at 7pm kick off. We have cup experience and have played our best football this season in cup games. So make sure we all head out and support our lads- win takes us to the final against either Comets or Cumberland… as well as a confidence boost for the next league game.
U18′s: 2-0 loss
Reserves: 3-2 loss
Seniors: 1-0 loss