Elimination Final | NPL Men | Green Gully SC v Bentleigh Greens | Home | 31/08/19
Final Score - Green Gully SC 0 : 1 Bentleigh Greens
Match Report by Assistant Coach Stevie Laurie
Photos by Mark Avellino
Our first ever home final in the NPL, our highest ever finish in the NPL, the stage was set for us on Saturday.
In our warm up we looked nervous which I put down to the importance of the result, but we had no reason to be because we knew we had done all the work needed this week and all year so we had nothing to fear or second guess...yet I sensed we were edgy.
I thought both teams started the game the same like it was round 6 and not once like it was an elimination final.
Whilst trying to keep the fourth official from boring me to death with 'Can you sit down? Can you not talk so loud? Can you address me by name?'....I was watching the game unfold and I didn't see that Bentleigh's shape or style of play was going to be a problem, because I knew we had been playing the first 45 minutes in 3rd gear even after they were 1-0 up.
That being said we created so many chances on the day, as the game wore on we certainly had the upper hand and that was still only hitting 4th gear.
I just wonder what the outcome would have been if we played the whole 90 mins in our highest gear.....Well I don't wonder, I actually know we would be preparing for a semi-final.
Full credit to Bentleigh, on the day they got the job done so for that good luck in the finals. As for the two sendings off from both sides all I can say is something seriously needs to change next season. The standard is not reflective of the hard work people put in!
Not a bitter match report just an honest one, which I'm sure our loyal fans want, instead of buttered up rubbish or excuses.
A successful year yes and credit to the group for that but not a successful finals campaign! Therefore plenty needs work.