Jarrod Young :g:
A slightly changed Wanderers side faced relegation haunted Suburbs at the House of Porritt. Gone were Matt Gibbons, Jason Walker and Michael Built and in came the old warhorse Che Bunce for his first start of the season. He was slotted into a defensive midfield role and Van Ewart returned to the wing. Beleaguered Suburbs turned up without coach, manager and one or two of their lads. It seems that they are not long for this division but Cossey was quick to remind the lads that no sides in this league are easy-beats.
From a quick initial free kick that Bunce headed over to a corner that flew to (guess who?) Bunce to head wide it seemed we were on top early on and dominating proceedings. However goals were not materializing and a few worried frowns became apparent. Adam Luque fired in a few of his supersonic long throws and then a Ricky Broderson cross to Tom Crawford was knocked it to Daniel Frischknect whose shot was saved. Then Van fired up his speedy dribble machine and surged dangerously like a blazing comet toward goal. Suburbs saw the danger and brought him to earth. The resultant free kick was taken by Jarrod Young and his exquisite shot flew into the far corner of the net. A beauty. The Suburbs boys were having a right old go at the ref. Eventually their vociferous captain Prince something-or-other ended up in the ref’s notebook after unwelcome instruction on how to run the show.
Like the Waitemata game the week before, the second half remained goalless. Our goalie, Vlad Frank, didn’t have too much work to do apart from fend off the cold, as our defence coped with the few attacks capably. Adam Luque was enjoying an excellent game with his anticipation spot on and passing laser-like. Raymond How was as solid as ever and one sensed the Suburbs boys had no belief that they could score. A super team move, starting from Young at right back, passed through midfield and eventually found Frish who shot agonizingly wide. Suburbs reacted to this with a chance of their own when their number 10 stung Vlad’s fingertips but generally caused no great worry.
It seesawed a bit after that and although Suburbs sliced another couple of shots over we held resolute to the finish. The ref finally blew for fulltime and the 1-0 win was collected in our 1970′s-Arsenal-esque fashion. Narrow victories still bag the 3 points but certainly make the game more nerve wracking. How about spanking someone 5-0 guys? The result left us in 3rd place and 20 odd points ahead of you know who (the-club-that-can’t-be-mentioned). Nice work boys, now for the cup.
Rod de Lisle