Glebe Res secure Div 2 Play-offs spot
In pole contrast to their first grade counterparts, Dobroyd Lions Reserves arrived at Brazilian Fields bottom of the league. Nonetheless, Glebe would have to put in another strong performance if they wanted to win a game that would secure them a spot in the 2nd division playoffs before the last few weeks of the regular season.
Last time the reserves played Dobroyd they dominated the game from start to finish but failed to convert their opportunities. As the patience began to fade into the second half they lost sight of the game plan and leaked a sloppy goal to draw a game they should have taken all three points from.
A slightly reshuffled team due to the absence of a few regulars saw Spiro take his place in goal for his first time in his Gorilla career. Despite his pre game nerves and two trips to the little boys room, he cast a confident figure for the rest of the game, commanding the back 4 of Guy, Tritto, Oli and Steve in his usual vocal way. More changes in midfield saw Gupta move into the middle with Chris and Neil and Jason come back onto the left with Luke in the position he has made his own in recent weeks on the right. A final change was made up front with Christophe making his striking debut to lead the attack.
Uncharacteristically, compared with recent weeks, Glebe started quietly as they began to settle into what was a far slower game than they have been used to against recent opposition.
However, they eventually began to boss the game with the last 30 mins of the first half camped out in and around the Dobroyd 18 yard box creating chance after chance. Still, in a familiar pattern throughout the season many of these opportunities were wasted or well saved by the handy Lions goalkeeper. Glebe continued to press and finally got their just deserve when Treds found some space in the middle of the park and played a pin point through ball to Neil who had found a gap in the back line to go one on one with the keeper and tap it past him to make it 1-0. The relief was clear as for the rest of the half Glebe felt more at ease and they further controlled the game. Even Christophe’s attempt to end Treds chance of fatherhood with a point blank shot to the nuts wasn’t going to slow them down enough to concede an equaliser in the first half and they left the pitch pleased with their 45 min spell.
Much of the same was the theme of the half time team talk with focus on not becoming complacent or frustrated if additional goals didn’t come against a team that so far hadn’t threatened. That being said the second half was to be a dull affair as Glebe failed to punish a poor Dobroyd side further and even gave them a few chances to get back into the game. With 15/20 mins to go Dobroyd brought on a few first teamers as they saw an opportunity to sneak back into the game. This was strangely the best thing that could have happened as Glebe were forced to up the pace of the game to compete with these clearly more talented players. The end of the game was end to end as both teams fought to try and claim a result and fortunately Glebe’s subs of James, Sam and Flynny were able to provide the extra energy needed to maintain the scoreline and take the 3 points.
So Glebe Reserves make the 2nd division playoffs and at this stage it appears likely they’ll face Leichhardt, Bondi and Randwick who will all be vying to lift the cup. Based on this seasons results Glebe can be confident going into these playoff games that a trophy winning season is very much attainable. With second legs still to play against Leichhardt and Bondi in the next few weeks they have won most of the games they have faced against these teams and are far more settled as a team than when they last played Bondi.
Leichhardt 2-3 Glebe Reserves (Win)
Bondi 2-1 Glebe Reserves (Loss)
Glebe Reserves 2-0 Randwick (Win)
Randwick 2-4 Glebe Reserves (Win)
Left to Play:
Glebe Reserves v Leichhardt
Glebe Reserves v Bondi
Glebe Reserves v Golden Stars
So with three home games to finish the regular season, whilst the results are not crucial, some strong performances against Leichhardt & Bondi will make a real statement that we are the team to beat when the play-offs come round. Confidence is high and we feel confident we can get a result against any of these teams when it matters so these next few weeks will be really exciting. Its up to each player to ensure they are fit and focused to ensure complacency is not the reason we end the season empty handed.
There is a strong feeling around the club that we can end this season on a real high with both grades in a strong position to go all the way. The ability is there, we have shown it time and time again. Its down to us to make the most of this opportunity and convert it into Glebes Gorillas most successful season since their inception.