4-0 makes it 3 wins on the spin – bring on top of the league..
Abbotsford Wolves went in to this game as favourites enjoying a better start to the season and being placed one position above Glebe in the table. Glebe got their first victory of the season against the Wolves after five game of trying and in fairness the Gorillas have progressively improved each week ever since. The Gorillas lined up with Jamie in goal, Conor started at right back, Pardi and Gav played in the central defence with Spirro keeping the returning Scott out of the left back position after some cracking personal performances. The midfield had Bob, Scott and Karl with Ryu and Adam playing either side of Chris Ellis up front, the bench had Dave, Lyle and the ladies favourite Christophe. Glebe started the game on the front foot putting in the wide players with great effect Spirro and Ryu looked dangerous on the left with Conor and Adam calving the opposition down the right. The midfield three of Bob, Scott and Karl looked to rush the opposition completely and won the ball back on several occasions. The midfields total dominance set the tone for the half with amazing passages of play building attacks from patient build ups resulting in a variety of opportunities.
After a number of close set pieces Glebe again had the ball in the midfield a ball was played in to Ryu’s feet he then knocked it back to Karl who played a switched ball over to Adam on the right, Adam then beat his man and drew a foul at the edge of the box, from the resulting free kick Ryu took the shot on with his left foot and the ball found the net for a fully deserved lead 1-0 Glebe. After more opportunities to increase the lead Glebe found themselves with another free kick outside the box – Karl told Ryu to close down the keeper which Ryu didn’t seem too happy about. The free kick ended up in the top corner and the first to celebrate like a mad man was Ryu 2-0 Glebe and probably one of the most established performances from the Gorillas all year.
At half time the lads seemed very happy with the performance a bit of a worry that we didn’t score from open play but Glebe dominated the ball and the tempo – Wolves really didn’t look like they stood a chance…
The second half begun with the Wolves suddenly woken up and roaring with a lot of huff and puff putting Glebe on the back foot for 15 mins of pure defending corners set pieces and tackling like their lives depended on it. Glebe withstood the onslaught and credit must go to Abbortsford as they really did throw everything at Glebe. Glebe got back in to the game but they still didn’t look like they were going to score all that many from open play – this is an area that they must improve on if they are to go on and win the competition.
The third and winning goal of the game came to the new central midfielder Scott Hinchcliffe the free kick was given again for a foul on Adam out on the right – Karl took a driven low ball in to the box from which the ball bounced up to Scott who finished like a 1970’s Forrest European champion 3-0 Glebe and no danger of this one slipping away from them. After another shocking decision by the referee he ended up sending the opposition keeper off and ruining the match for everybody involved – the clueless official deemed a double touch from the keeper when picking up the ball in his box a bookable offence??? after horseplay from Adam stealing the ball from him the angry keeper who saw red mist and decided to throw Adam to the ground which resulted in a red card for him.
With just a few minutes left on the clock Glebe won a corner Karl opted to stay back and give the corner to Ryu as Glebe were looking to see out this result – from the resulting Ryu corner Adam popped up to finish a neat strike within the box to now put him within 1 goal of the clubs golden boot!
A cracking afternoon was had by the boys Christophe, Lyle and Dave came off the bench for tired legs and Glebe professionally saw the game out. With Adam such a threat and drawing so many fouls from the opposition it would not be any surprise to see him used in a more advanced role in next week match against top of the league. Glebe have managed to give all first team players a good chance this season giving players as much playing time as possible without effecting results so credit must go to the management in keeping the rotation going and making sure all players get a good run. Glebe have now managed three clean sheets and are scoring a minimum of two goals a game by playing some of the best football seen in the competition in years.
After finally fulfilling early season promise the Gorillas have put themselves in a great position to crack on and push for a first division finals finish but after getting flogged by Dobroyd Lions 7-2 in round 5 revenge will be on the minds of the rejuvenated Gorillas!
Dobroyd Lions are top of the league with a 12 goal better goal difference 5 of which against us Glebe and they have beaten Golden Stars 3-0, Liverpool SC 3-2 and Bondi 2-0 in the last three fixtures so it can’t be underestimated just how big of a game this next one will be to see how far Glebe have come since that dark day in Round 5.
Glebe know that they are dangerous off set pieces and know that the last three clean sheets will stand them in good stead for going in to this MASSIVE fixture against top of the league and for the remainder of the season. They will have to sharpen up their attack in open play, not panic or let any occasion get to them whilst making sure they stick to their game plan and keep plugging away with what they do best. If Glebe win the next fixture then everybody involved will be expecting the First Division title as they will have proven to themselves that they are good enough and capable of performing under whatever pressure is put in front of them – this weekend’s match promises to be the game of the season let’s see how the Gorillas step up!!!