Saturday the 8th of August and its Prembroke v Uni whites at Barrett reserve.
Pre game – Well this is a massive one! 2nd v 4th.
Uni white now sit second on the ladder with a game in hand against the bottom side Mt Barker so 9 points off Top stop.
They should beat Mt barker so the margin if we bank that game is 6 points. Prembroke are 4 points behind the Whites on 19
The interesting stat is Uni whites 23 goals for and 15 against and Pembroke 21 for and 15 against.
Looking at that stat I will think whoever can get 2 in the back of the net WINS! Time will tell.
The day is overcast but no rain and the pitch is in crap condition and control of the ball will be difficult. The wind is coming from the north straight down the pitch and again I feel the southern end will be the scoring end. After Thursday night it has become clear Bres has missed his calling as his performance as Ref was outstanding!
Back to today
Prembroke look solid in the warm up and my guess is they will have pace. They are quite enthusiastic but have spent 15 mins on every player taking shots at goal? It’s clear both defenses are strong only conceding 15 goals each for the year, this maybe the key to victory. Their keeper look good and strong but doesn’t move sideways to well.
ELP starts tonight which is very exciting and was a topic of discussion before the game.
Today’s squad Saba, Bres, Bez, Wes, Rob, Nick, Dan, Matt, Bobby, Jahn, Johnny, Eddie, Darren, hamood.
The toss is done and the whites kick into the wind. So defense the key early!
Underway in our biggest match for the year.
Early free kick to Pembroke and its Rob’s head that puts it out!
Another free kick and again cleared at the back for the whites!
The wind is a factor!
Whites push forward and the shots wide! It’s game on as the pace is a cracker
The whites defend high which is working ok
Another free kick and Rob again the heads away and he does it again from the corner fantastic defense. As I thought with the wind it is all Pembroke in the first half.
Pembroke in and it hits the bar and over the top!
25 mins gone
Corner Pembroke and Glynn makes the save!
31 in and Nick off with injury Bez on
Whites using the short ball from Glynn really well but our second pass is being cut of regularly
However at 35 mins the defense has been strong!
Corner Whites! And it’s a good ball in and saved on line by the keeper
Bad tackle and whites free kick, in it goes and nearly a goal. Great pressure from the whites.
A wild shot from Bobby is wide but why not?
40 mins gone
A long free kick and it’s up in the air and rolls in! 1 nil to Prembroke
And that’s half time. In review a great half by Uni whites and we are very unlucky to be down. The good thing is it’s our time with a strong breeze and the chances will come!
Bres wants a most Physical contest And also want us to squeeze them and force the errors, then turn them into chances.
Second half starts
Pembroke have a good start and control the ball well in the first 5 mins
Free kick whites just outside the box!
Brilliant set play Johnny with the touch to set up Bez and bang! A rocket and it’s in!!!!!
15 mins in and whites look dangerous but have had 2 poor calls on offside. A good run from Bobby and we get in the box but it’s push away
Rob has taken control at the back and it’s now about our 2nd goal
A free kick to the whites and it’s just saved.
Sub Wes off Bres on
23 mins gone
Whites not finding their passes at the moment with 30 mins gone.
Both team keep up a good pace and it’s a free kick a long way out to the whites. A cracker hit from Bobby and it’s off the bar! Very close
35 mins and it’s now or never for the whites!
Sub hamood on and Bobby off
Bez get a shot off but no power and it’s saved!
5 mins left and everyone is stuffed !!!
Hamood to Johnny, through ball and it’s one on one for Bez and he slots it and scores!!!!!! 2-1 whites
2 mins left
Last play of the day is a free kick on the edge of the box for Pembroke! Nervous times, in it goes and there is Glynn who make saves it and that full time!!
A fantastic win! Well the whites remain unbeaten and have got the 3 points needed against the 4th side. A finals like game and today their stood up as a team! The season is well the truly alive!!!
Rob, Eddie, Dan, Glynn great in defense. Jahn, Saba, Bobby, Darren. Controlled the mid field. Bres came on and lead from the field. A nice cameo from Hamood and Wes & Johnny held and feed the ball well but Bez was the weapon up front will 2 excellent goals! All tried hard and even with early subs who all have their best the Whites have a great day!!!!!