Gorillas play like Brazil ’70

Last week the gorillas should have taken all three points from their game against Leichardt but ended up getting a two goal lead pegged back through a late own goal after playing all of the football.

The difference in the teams shape, organisation and quality to move the ball and pass from the back from now since the start of the season has been pretty incredible. The Gorillas are currently the joint form team in the competition along with Dobroyd Lions (2nd) and Leichardt Lions (3rd) respectively.

After losing all of the five first team games of the season the Gorillas are now putting that early promise in to practise and really do look like a team capable of making the finals and winning the competition. Pre-season the Gorillas probably played teams that did not test them enough – they won every game without much dramas and then came the injuries and to be fair they still have at least 4 first team starting players if not more still either away or out to injury so this team should only get stronger week by week.

So still without Big Nev Jamie in goal (Injured), Lyle (suspended), Stuart in defence (injured), Conor in defence (currently covering GK), Graham in midfield (injured), James in midfield (Away), Tredo in defence (getting his usual make over boots and hair – standard!) and Anders Limpar (Half the year in Sweden) the Gorillas are starting to look the part! They lined up with Conor in goal, Spiro at right back, Scott left back, Gavin and Pardi in the middle of defence. The midfield had Ryu on the left, Chris Ellis on the right with Bob and Johnny in the centre along with Karl just in front and Adam up top.

Never in the regular season or since pre-season did the Gorillas look more controlled right from the first whistle – the ball was moved around, kept well and the tempo of the game was quick with lots of switches from right to left. The Gorillas midfield had lots of bite and energy and literally dominated possession, the defence looked sharp and willing to play the ball out from the back to great effect. Every time the ball went out for a throw in the throws came in quickly to feet and the resulting plays always looked dangerous and had Randwick on the ropes right from the start.

In previous matches the Gorillas had lowered themselves to get involved with complaining to the referee and contesting decisions that had not gone there way to negative effect. This week the boys showed maturity and intelligence by simply not getting involved with anything of the sort and it showed in their level of performance. Wave after wave of attacks and time after time did the Gorillas break down each wing and through the centre of the pitch to great effect after keeping the ball pretty much for the entire half Johnny threw a quick right wing throwing in to Karl’s feet, Karl then turned and switched the ball out left to Ruy who was on the left flank. Between Ruy and Adam (who looked like Thierry Henry positioning himself on the left and cutting in with great effect) produced a great phase of interchanging passing which resulted in Adam finding Ruy in the box and Ruy scoring with ease at the front post 1-0.

After the goal the Gorillas just grew in confidence knocking the ball around like they have always been capable of but not shown enough of so far this year. After a string of near misses from outfield play and set pieces the second goal came from a left wing corner. The corner was swung in by Karl ended up falling to the feet of the impressive Adam who then saw his low shot hit the back of the net 2-0 Glebe. After another attack from Glebe the ball ended up out of the left – Karl played a through pass in to Johnny who calmly finished past the keeper after a well-timed run for the official to rule him offside. Credit to the Glebe boys they could have like recent weeks complained and moaned and let this get to them but instead they just carried on playing a magnificent brand of football with special mention to the interplay of Adam up front who linked well with Ruy, Johnny, Chris and Karl in attack.

After a completely dominant first half the gorillas went in at half time 2-0 up and cruising, the management team reminded the lads about how they threw away the lead the following week and how it was very important to stick to the game plan and express themselves as they did in the first half.

The second half started much like the first with Chris Ellis finding himself with a lot more of the ball than the first half with Glebe calving Randwick down the left and right side of the field. After passes from Johnny and Bob the ball dropped to Karl who chipped a through pass in to Adam who seemed to be through on goal – Adam took his touched past the on rushing goalkeeper to be completely taken out similar to Harald Schumacher on Patrick Battiston back in 1982 World Cup( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3byTNRoxujo ) this time the referee sent the Randwick keeper off and gave Glebe a freekick just outside the box which Johnny put over the bar.

So against 10 players Glebe just completely dominated with countless chances and great play, passing the ball around and making Randwick literally chase shadows for much of the game. The third goal came soon after, the ball fell to Karl just inside the Randwick half he turned past two tired Randwick players ran with the ball and instead of putting Adam, Ruy or Chris Ellis in who all made fantastic runs in to space he took the shot on and scored against the Randwick outfield player playing reserve 3-0 Glebe.

Chris Ellis on another day could have scored a hat trick after Spiro and the midfield giving him a lot of service in the second half in particular but it just didn’t seem to be his day. After another Randwick attack the ball fell for Johnny who broke the offside line and chipped the outrushing goalkeeper from just outside the box with a lob to make the game 4-0.

From this moment on Glebe sat back a little opting to keep possession and do a professional job rather than going for a fifth or sixed goal. The game ended 4-0 with Dave coming on in to midfield and doing a strong job for the roughed up Adam with Johnny pushing up in to the striker position. Glebe played fantastic and could have quiet easily won by 4 or 5 more. In general this match report could be likened to a copy of War and Peace if we mention all of the attacks and chances that the Gorillas created. Special mention must go to Gavin’s attempt of an overhead kick off a corner in the first half – enough said about that one the better 😉

Exciting times ahead for Glebe Gorillas who knew pre-season that it was always going to take a few games for the team to gel and for the players to get a better understanding after being so close for many a week. The positives are that Glebe are capable of beating any team in the competition and have now shown the competition what they are all about even if we will go under the radar with the league’s website mixing up our first team and reserve results up. Let Glebe go under the radar after losing the first five matches of the competition – everybody in the camp knows that we have a team capable of winning all of our remaining games and we don’t fear anybody right now. Glebe will not be concerned if they finish in the division 1 or 2 playoffs at the end of the season as by then they will have improved week on week and will be confident of silverware whoever they come up against.

Finally the hard work is paying off roll on next week!

– Karl Rowlands