Reserves comfortably beaten despite determined performance
Confident after a good win against Randwick FC the previous weekend, Glebe reserves took the trip out to Yennora for a clash with top of the table Golden Stars. It is well known to those players with a few seasons under their belt with Glebe that the Golden Stars Reserves team is almost the same as their First Grade as most of their players back up for both teams each weekend. This wasn’t to dishearten the squad though as they arrived with a strong 15, eager to pick up some points in their push for the finals.
Cory, sick for different reasons than the week before (Hungover from his birthday celebrations!! – Picture) was in no fit state to stand, let alone line up in goal so made way for Treds who once again deputised between the sticks. An unchanged back 4 of Oli, Guy, Tritto and Steve were joined by Luke, Gupta, Neil, Christophe and James in midfield while Chris Ellis took his spot up front. Attacking into the sun in the first half Glebe had the first few chances of the game and worked hard to break up the elegant Golden Stars attacks. It was to be a long game for the midfield who knew they were a vital key in nullifying the passing game the Stars are renowned for.
It was tough coming off at half time, down by three goals but having put in one of our best performances of the season to date. The midfield had worked tirelessly to track their opposite numbers, the defence were at last communicating and holding a nice strong flat line and Chris had created a number of chances up the other end despite being unable to convert any of them. Golden Stars had however been typically clinical with their opportunities and rifled long distance shots with regular accuracy into the net. The second half was to be a carbon copy of the first and despite committed performances from replacements Mike, Sam, Jason it did not reap any rewards whilst Golden Stars netted another three.
6-0 certainly paints an incorrect picture of the game. Golden Stars were far more clinical and certainly deserved the result over the 90 minutes but for much of the game Glebe Reserves matched them and on another day if the clinical finishing was reversed the same scoreline could have been in our favour. If nothing else we wore them out in advance of them playing our first grade but the result shows where we need to be if we want to start challenging at the top of the league in future seasons. In terms of effort and ability we are not far off but we have leaked far too many sloppy goals and not been clinical enough in front of goal for much of the season which has made the difference in the small margins that leave us in the bottom half of the league. The improvement on previous seasons is clear to see but there is still a way to go. However, this squad has proven its determination to learn week on week and with a little consistency and belief anything is possible. The players have certainly formed a strong bond!!! (Picture – Ellis with his hero Neil!) Lets hope the results start coming in time for the finals!