James Virgili made the most of limited opportunity and starred
In a decent first 3 games, it was a rollercoaster as we gradually got better, culminating in a great win to round off the month. However, the start was less than good so perhaps it’s a case of easing the team into the season. We also had some injury problems, but let’s look at the month in more detail before.
To begin the season, we played our fiercest rivals in the Mariners, and at their home ground it would be a great clash. We got off to a bad start when in the 24th minute Adam Kwasnik’s deep cross found the head of Matt Simon and we went down 1-0. On the brink of half time however, a hasty turnover found Heskey all on his own in the box and he slotted it home with some venom attached. At half time, the boys regrouped with confidence, but then the mercurial Simon managed to turn Connor Chapman inside out in the box and slammed home his second to down us 2-1.
Heskey still has it in him.
Chapman didn’t do the best job on Matt Simon, who dominated the match.
Our first home game of the year would be a tough ask, as we came up against premiership defenders Wellington Phoenix still with Hernandez and Huseygems who terrorised the league last season. It was the latter that goaled just before half time to put us behind. Then, with time running out, I feared we would lose again and start our season with 2 embarrassing defeats, including 1 at home. However, I was saved, when in the 87th minute a header away from the corner found Josh Brillante, who passed it to Carl Valeri. He volleyed the ball with fury right into the bottom left corner and saved the day with a wonderful goal.
Good to see my star making the impact
Not the best way to treat the fans first-up
We got a chance to redeem ourselves at home against the highly unpredictable Melbourne Heart. What I got from the team was a beautiful, counter attacking, free flowing game that saw us go 3-1 up at half time thanks to goals from Heskey, Goodwin and Virgili and a great goal from Mate Dugandzic in the opposition. It was a joy to behold, and when Jacob Pepper put the cherry on top after 68 minutes to make it 4-1, I knew that the team had found their way.
The attacking football! I’m so used to 1-0 wins
No, no negatives. This is real football!
So for all my rambling about bad form, our 1-1-1 record coupled with a big win means we sit in 3rd after 3 games. Of course, there is plenty of football to be played so it’s my job to keep the team up in this position!
My new Australian Marquee Carl Valeri instantly delivered, scoring a great goal in the Phoenix game and running the show as the Box-to-Box Midfielder. A great month from the gun and I’m hoping for plenty more.
With our toughest assignments out of the way, November looks to be a month where we can really pick up the pace and get some points on the board. Join me then to see how I do!