RD:19 | U20s | Avondale FC v Green Gully SC | Away
Final Score - Avondale FC 0 : 2 Green Gully SC.
Match Report by Coach Ted Latomanski.
First away win of the season!
Difficult weather conditions along with starting line-up changes made the task to win at Avondale even more harder, however the young team rose to the occasion winning their 1st away game this season.
We started the game in a strong manner dominating the midfield battle, and the change in formation, l feel helped greatly. Our aim was to have an extra man in midfield creating overloads, allowing our fullbacks to get involved higher up the park.
Injury to our captain Jack Cotsanis and suspension to Jayden Vella gave others the opportunity to come in and shine and the boys who came in did an exceptional job in the midfield.
The intensity and ball movement was set early on, and along with this our hunger and getting 1st to the ball was second to none.
Playing 2 boys up front who moved well off the ball and pressed the Avondale defenders created a lot of headaches for the Avondale back 4.
Defensively, we looked comfortable and l felt we had a strong wall across the back that Avondale would not break today.
In the 34th minute a looping cross played into the Avondale box found Ethan Gillingham’s head who perfectly cushioned it for Josh Rabie to hit it 1st time on the volley forcing the Avondale keeper to make a great save however it spilled and Sebastian Pirruccio was 1st to react and calmly smashed it into the net - 1 nil Gully.
Much of the 1st half we had control and our biggest battle was trying to come to terms with the rain and wind.
Half time talk was much more of the same but we did want our strikers to hold the ball up a bit more so we could keep the ball for longer periods in the Avondale defensive 3rd.
Second half, Avondale came out showing a purpose but we stood strong defensively and worked hard through that patch to defend as a team
Then, in the 59th minute, a poor defensive clearance by the Avondale full back was punished by James Marinos who struck the ball with venom into the top left hand corner giving the keeper no chance to save it 2 nil Gully.
The boys continued to battle with Avondale and also battled with the weather as it became much worse with stronger wind and heavy rain but nothing was going to stop us getting 3 points away.
In the last 20 minutes Peter Spiteri (assistant coach) and myself took advantage and made changes because legs were getting tired so opportunities given to a couple of our U16 boys and also a couple of boys from the U18s got a run.
Clean sheet, 2 great goals, 1st away win this season, playing a different structure/formation and having a young bench added to the sweet victory.
Proud of where the boys are, but the challenge as we know is being consistent week in week out and l do know if the effort and desire they ALL demonstrated against Avondale can be brought in each game we will always be a chance to put it up to any team.