Match Report Sunday 12th May v Liverpool
Gorillas showing signs of the famous Dogs of War 1995
Sundays performance from the Glebe Gorillas was like that of the Everton’s 1995 Dogs of war team which started the season horrendously and ended up winning the FA Cup through a disciplined, high pressure attacking brand of soccer. Glebe’s Graham Robertson is being likened to Joe Royal on the streets of the inner-west and with players in the Glebe ranks such as the tricky swede Robert Andersson Limpar and Scott Hinchcliffe Arnorld it looks like the gorillas will become victorious this year and will need to keep performing like this if they are to win the title this season.
The Gorillas had Johnny (Graham Stuart), Rob (Anders Limpar) and Gav (Gary Ablett) absent from the previous game so Graham (Joe Royal) had to rejig his side in to a different formation to the usual.
With New signing Big Neville Southall between the sticks the Gorillas looked a different side, before the game Royal instructed his team to play it simple, express themselves and keep the organisation up.
So the team lined up as followed;
GK – Big Nev
RB – Lyle (Jackson)
DC – Connor (Watson)
DC – Pardi (Unsworth)
DL – Scott (Hinchcliffe)
MC – Bob (Parkinson)
MC – Karl (Amokachi)
ML – Christophe (Ebrell)
New Signing – Vinny Samways
With Stuart, Limpar, Ablett to come back – Glebe will be expecting silverware
The game started at a frantic pace with the dogs of war taking the game to Liverpool. Glebe pressured Liverpool into a lot of mistakes and in-fighting as they did not see this much pressure coming from their opposition. There didn’t seem much in terms of class between the two sides even though the Gorillas had players missing. Andy Hinchcliffe was having a fantastic game at left back in the opening periods sniffing out all danger from the Liverpool’s right side and bombing on well to support John Ebrell with almost every attack.
With Liverpool’s first attack a long straight ball from the deep surprised the dogs of war’s back four and the pace of the Liverpool striker was enough to beat the offside trap and score what was arguably their first chance of the game. The dogs of War dusted themselves down and turned the intensity button to the maximum with wave after wave of attacks on the Liverpool defence.
Glebe’s Paul Rideout took an early knock from the aggressive Liverpool back four and seemed to be playing through a fair bit of pain whilst reading many Jo Parkinson’s flicks as well as Barry Horne and Daniel Amokachi’s direct passes.
Matt Jackson was playing well at right back and was putting some lovely balls in to the channel for Rideout and it was from a similar play that saw Stuart Barlow nudge a pass through for Rideout on the right who ghosted past the Liverpool left back to put in a deadly cross for the on rushing Amokachi and Ebrell for the ball to be intercepted by the under pressure Liverpool central defender.
Royal instructed the big guns up from the back and with Watson, Unsworth and Parkinson causing mayhem in the oppositions box – Amokachi’s corner finally found the running Unsworth who powered home a fine header leaving the Liverpool keeper with no chance 1-1.
The game was pretty frantic with both sides attacking and looking to gain an advantage in the final third with Liverpool enjoying the lion share of possession and the Gorillas making most headway on the counter attack.
After another direct ball over the top the Liverpool striker outpaced his opposition and managed to score a second which was pretty much against the run of play at the time leaving the score 2-1 to the Liverpool team at half time.
In the second half the Gorillas played a committed brand of football looking very organised and played some really good football in patches. A few players gave the ball away too often and the lack of options on the bench meant that the side ended up conceding another late goal in the second half.
In reflection, Gorillas are looking in far better shape than previous weeks with a pretty much completely new assembled side this season there have been a few teething problems at Glebe, but when at full strength the Gorillas have strong competition for places and look very capable to put together a few victories in no time off the back of this performance.
All of the attention goes towards training on Wednesday and next week’s game against Abbotsford Wolves on Saturday with another fine signing waiting in the wings to make his debut for the Gorillas Vinny Samways and with Garry Ablett available for a return it will be a long week for Joe Royal including many sleepless nights with welcomed selection headaches.
The Gorillas have real competition going in to the weekend and look likely to put a strong charge to the finish line at the back end of the season.