Match Report: Southgate Adelaide 3rd 0 – 1 Berkhamsted 5s (15 October 2016)

We all played well. There were lots of good attacking situations. We frequently penetrated the opponents circle. We had loads of shots on target. Ten short corners. We hit the post at least twice. There were two shots cleared off the line by defenders and one by on of our attackers. Several great saves by their keeper who played suberbly. There were hald a dozen chances in front of goal where all that was needed was to get the stick in the right position to touch the ball home.. Yet we did not score one goal. I must say I am rather lost for words.

Our defence again played a solid game. Keeper Vas Eliades was called into action a few times and made a great save in the first half but in general the opposition attacks were snuffed out before they became dangerous Billy Billimoria had a particularly good game making several good tackles in difficult positions. Wayne Burke again played strongly at centre back tackling and distributing the ball well.
The midfield started well and began moves generating numerous attacking situations. Brian Beisty again creating lots from right half, Ben Williams dominating the centre and Ashley D’Mello overlapping on the left. Andy Sterlini was always available up front, we were well on top and just needed to convert chances in to goals. Christian Simon was unlucky not to score after his shot looked destined for the back of the net. Mike Lord hit the post and prompted a goalmouth scramble from the rebound.

Yet nothing seemed to work and as the game progressed into the second half a bit of frustration crept in. We were well on top yet we changed tack to dribble more instead of passing more. We looked to hold the ball instead of moving it on quickly. Caught in possession or running into a solid wall of defenders we were more easily contained. We still created chances but they were not as many and not as good as they should have been.

Then we conceded a goal at our end, which the opposition deserved for their efforts. We finished very strongly but again were denied by the post and the final whistle.

So we lost 1-0 although we could have done much better we did more than enough to win by a fair margin. Hopefully lady luck will be back on our side next week.

Mike Lord