Croydon Kings had a weekend to forget when all three senior teams and both women’s teams went down to Adelaide Comets.
The Kings seniors were up against it before kick-off with the news top players Rocky Visconte and Nathan Farrell were out due to injury, and possibly also missing this week’s cup tie against Pirates.
That said, their replacements did a commendable job given the quality of the opposition, with Jesse Francesca and Adrian D’Alfonso providing Croydon with more than ample firepower.
The first half was a typical tight affair, with both sides having decent chances, albeit defences and goalkeepers reigning supreme. The 0-0 half time score seemed fair.
The second half the Kings actually looked to take the ascendancy, with some good attacks and near misses, although it must be said the attackers looked a little gun shy in front of goals, probably due to a lack of confidence when several opportunities to shoot going begging when they looked to pass off instead of having a crack.
John Panagaris was winning a lot of ball in defence and looked dangerous when attacking down the left flank, and Luke Klimek shouldered some big responsibility when guiding his youthful team mates up against the likes of Allan Welsh and co. Hosine Bility and Jarrod Brazzale were masterful in defence and kept Comet’s danger-man Andreas Wiens quite for most of the game.
That is, until the 70th minute when the big man Wiens, accepted a square pass from the right wing and with his back to goal, managed to expertly back-heel the ball into the net, for what proved to be the winning strike for Comets.
Croydon tried hard to equalise in the warm to hot conditions afterwards, but unlike recent weeks, were unable to find a late goal to square things up.
Given the disparity in experience between the teams, it’s a positive that Croydon matched their opposition for so long, and we must look at the positives from this game first and foremost.
The worrying thing is now clearly lack of goals, with the Kings only netting 3 times in 5 games, a return that can only be described as “insufficient”. Hopefully the cup round this week will be just the tonic to restore some confidence in the strike force and give the Croydon club some much needed “refreshment” and get the buzz happening again.
The Reserves suffered their first loss of the season going down 2-1, and the U/18’s looked the goods for around 80 minutes, but after some dubious refereeing decisions were unlucky in going dow 4-2 at the final whistle.
FFSA Women’s State League Round 1:
It was a harsh welcoming to top flight football for the Croydon girls in round 1.
The under-manned Croydon girls never gave up the fight, but in 35 degree heat, and with most players having to play both games, and 50% of the playing squad being new to the game, it was always going to be a tough day at the office! The girls were given a good lesson as to what to expect from the quality of opposition for this season at the top level.
Having never played together previously, the girls game plan continuously developed as the game progressed, with many positives coming from the day.
Their positive approach enabled them to stem the flow of goals in both games, after poor starts from each team.
As the game developed, the teams developed, and has the girls heading in the right direction as the season moves on.
Still work to do, and the girls are keen to get the job done!!
Onwards and upwards!!
Seniors (L) 0-14
Reserves (L) 0-12
Courtesy Simon Kasperski