The lights came on early at Eric Mobbs with a 4.10pm kick off. Both teams started with 10 players and were boosted shortly thereafter to field two full squads. Rocks dominated early with a few missed opportunities. As possession balanced mid way through the first half, CH capitalised on a Rocks defensive mistake. With 10 mins to go, Rocks pushed down the flank and a well weighted cross was met by a score equalling header. CH dominated in long stints and missed 2 otherwise simple opportunities. An excellent CH cross and what was a farcical clearance led to a Rocks home goal. 2-1 to the home team at oranges.
As the flood lights started to take effect, The second half opened where the first ended; evenly matched. CH's defence tired early and by midway through the second period, Rocks demanded possession and set up an unbreachable defence. Rocks were rewarded with the equaliser as a result. (2-2) With 10mins to go and very little happening at either end, Rocks made a tactical change up front which was rewarded by a third goal. (3-2) With a final push to seek an equaliser, CH left themselves exposed at the back and were made to pay with a final clinical strike to make it 4-2 to Rocks.
A really good spirited game. Some great finishing from the Lidcombe boys. At 2-1 the game was anyones, but they came home strong. Castle Hill moved the ball around well but couldn't put it in the net. Thats 2 losses on the trot now for CHU - plenty of work to do, but we are having fun!
North Rocks 3 - Baulko 2 Baulko made the short trip away to Hazel Ryan which was designated heavy after recent wet weather. Baulko came out of the gates strong and Rocks were caught wanting in the midfield following the ball with their eyes rather than feet. After dominating the first 10minsm Baulko were rewarded with a opener after some hooha in the box and some appeals for offside. That first goal must have taken it out of the Baulks boys as the game evened out thereafter. Circa 25 mins down and Rocks took advantage of a poor corner clearance. Falling to the feet of a short old Italian man some 35 yards out (ok it was 25 out), he closed his eyes and swung his leg at the ball. Luckily the keeper also had his eyes closed and after what seemed like an enternity, the Baulko keeper saw the ball fly over his head into the back of the net. 1 each. The rest of the half was played at a fast pace with Rocks setting a strong defence against a strong and determined Baulko #12. With another corner late in the 1st, a pin point accurate delivery was met by an equally pin point header, 2-1 Rocks. The 2nd half started where the 1st ended, with some pretty even football being played by both teams. Halfway though the 2nd, Baulko continued to press for an equaliser, matched by the hard hitting Rocks defence. As the match looked likely to end at 2-1, the Baulko boys has a brief lapse in concentration which saw Rocks break into the backfield for a 1 on 1 which was excellently taken. Rocks 3 - 1. With the match starting to get a bit ugly, and tackles now flying nastiliy from both teams, the game became a tug of war. With 10mins to and Baulko pushing hard to get back into the match, a blatant (2-3m) offside run was awarded a goal. The ref, whilst trying his best, couldn't keep up with the pace of play. No harm, no foul (literally). With a bit more ugliness and bitterness the final whistle blew and Rocks left the field with the 3-points for the day and 2 wins on the trot.
With little chance of football this weekend, enjoy your Anzac Day and the weekend off. Hopefully we can be back out on the grounds next weekend.
Dundas Black 0 v North Rocks 2 A top of the table clash was in order at Curtis Oval today and with the sun shining, it was fitting. A very lop sided game today with Dundas controlling a lot of possession in the midfield with some good passing, but with little fire power else where on the pitch. Rocks took advantage of speed down both flanks and could have been 3nil up within 10, had it not been for some poor finishing. Rocks scored midway through the first period to take a well deserved lead. Not much different in the second half with all of Dundas' possession being matched by Rocks' solid defence. With Dundas pressing, Rocks took advantage of some poor defence with a well taken second goal. Dundas had an opportunity midway through the half after some miscommunication between stopper and keeper, however a brilliant save ensured the game ended 2-0 to the away team.
Post by paulsmouth on May 17, 2015 19:29:10 GMT 10
Double header weekend; Dundas wht lost 5-1 on Saturday against baulkham wht and won 3-0 Sunday against pendo... Did it tough on Saturday with a few key players missing and had most of the game with 10 men after injury, but baulko played well and have plenty of pace.