Glebe beat top of the league!
With Glebe’s 1st grade fresh off the back of their first victory of the season, there was a new air of confidence in the camp and the squad was keen to start to register a run of results. No test would be tougher than taking on Balmain Wanderers who prior to the game topped the league with Glebe sat at the foot. There has been a lot of frustration in the first few rounds of the season with the squad almost in disbelief that the quality at their disposal had not until recently produced results. Now with that monkey off their back as well as returning fans favourite and last season Div 2 League player of the year Ryu re-signed the Gorillas where keen to start climbing the ladder.
Despite a few players on sabbaticals across the globe, a strong squad was still at Graeme and Matts disposal. Conor stepped in between the sticks as new keeper Jamie continues to shake of a shoulder injury whereas a fairly unsurprising line up across the rest of the field took shape. Scott was accompanied by Lyle in the full back positions either side of Bob and Gavin who was again sporting a Terry Butcher style bandage to cover his recent injury. In midfield Jonny, Graeme and Adam controlled the middle with Ryu and Paddy out wide, captain James again in his familiar role up front.
With no video replays available to the journalists it is impossible to remember and document the volume of chances that the Glebe team created but in no particular order there were some key moments. From start to finish Glebe bossed the game with a great blend of direct and passing football. Had their skipper not failed to pack his shooting boots, it could have been a far more comfortable result. Both teams failed to convert penalties with Glebe’s being well saved by the Balmain keeper and Wanderes putting theirs just wide of the post. The deadlock was not broken until midway through the second half when Graeme found space just outside the box to rifle a shot into the bottom left hand corner and real off into a passionate celebration. Chris Ellis joined the field in the second half to add fresh legs out wide and Chris Tredwell filled in between the sticks for the last 20mins as Conor went off injured having seen their penalty miss moments before. Glebe fought to the close with the players determined to see out the result as Balmain tried to get back into the game by throwing bodies forward. Passionate last ditched tackles from time to time resulted in free kicks within shooting distance but the Gorillas defence stood firm and kept a well deserved clean sheet.
A thoroughly deserved result and one the Balmain side could barely believe. The Gorillas are finally beginning to find their feet in this league and it won’t be too long before the rest of the league start paying attention to the quality at our disposal as we climb the ladder. On displays like that this other teams better watch out as we’re a match for anyone and with players still to come back from trips away / injury Glebe have a grand final in their sights!