The lads headed down to Monaro looking to seal the 3 points without having to comeback from a goal down. The game started well with the lads enjoying the majority of the ball in the early stages. Our first chance came in the first 5 mins wining the ball high up the pitch, it found its way to Hopey. Monaro’s centre backs had parted like the Red Sea leaving Hopey to use his trademark nutmeg to score. But failing to be in the defensive line this game, Hopey’s maturity got the best of him and shot wide. The crowd was slightly disappointed, mainly Danny, he was looking forward to using his Canadian accent to taunt Monaro.
JJ was high on confidence after taking Jon’s number 10 shirt, and skipped down the left until he was fouled just outside the box. With none of the usual free kick takers on the pitch, Ollman quickly stepped up to take it. I tapped him on the shoulder and pulled the classic “I feel good about this one” card. It ended up being a good choice and I scored, I received a polite round of applause from Chase and an ‘oh Canada’ from Danny.
Moments later we were in prime position to go 2-0 up. Maxi beat at least 2 of Monaro’s defenders and did well to avoid challenges, until of course, he was in the box. Being one of the default penalty takers I again stepped up. Maybe it was the over confidence because we were playing Monaro or maybe it was just a good save. Whatever it was, the penalty was saved in bottom left corner with the keeper regathering his save.