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AL2 | Match Report

RESERVES TEAM On Saturday we faced a young Seaforth side who were out to get their first win. We opened the scoring early through an awesome run and cross which is becoming common for Aids this season. From there we actually absorbed a fair bit of pressure to defend and scramble well to prevent Seaforth from scoring. Seaforths defence though was starting to get shaky from constant pressure from Kay and Deano. Then on came Connor to bang away 3 almost effortlessly and we finished the half 4-0 up! We spoke at half time about finishing the game off well, something which we had struggled a bit this year. True to our word we came out again firing, this time with Kay sparking our attack with an aggressive run and finish on goal. Our mids worked really well on the weekend, in particular Falcs work in the middle, Eddy firing us up as usual and Mick and Corey dribbling easily through the defence. Falcs had a free kick outside the box, floated it perfectly to hit under the crossbar, did it go in through or did Aidan finish it? A review with the video referee post the game confirmed though it was a Falcs goal! Seaforth again hit us with a few more attacks and we defended well, they also got a very lucky penalty to give them a goal. Awesome win, one of, if not the biggest I can remember playing in ressies for a number of years now! Last week, we had everyone from Ressies at training, and it really helped us to gel better for the weekend and it showed! FIRSTS TEAM The Firsts game was intense across the entire park and the scoreline, although not entirely deserved, was reflective of the fact that we created a number of opportunities, but failed to take clean shots on target to really test the Seaforth keeper. Throughout the first and second half, we dominated possession throughout the mids and forwards with really good and positive play. There was strength and aggression from Jordan, Mauritzio, Lachy, Javed, Jez and Sheldon. The moment of the match was when Seaforth finally broke through in the 73rd minute to test Michael Dawe one-on-one, and he pulled off a sensational save – moment of the match. It was also disappointing that we continue to come across biased referees who unfortunately, do not provide the same level of consistency when adjudicating situations where we are on the receiving end of fouls and poor play. A yellow card to the gaffa for asking the ref to count out the number of steps from a questionable free-kick decision was unwarranted and poor form. Further fouls to Javed, Lachy went unchecked and a clear penalty against Jez was waived away. The take away for us is that we are going to have 9 home games this year where we will not get favorable decisions from referees, so we need to ensure we stay focused on our game. Lastly, something that we need to keep working on, especially when faced with a team that sits deep and plays defensive football, is to increase our off-ball movement in and around the final third. Overall, a quality performance lads – and will keep us in contention for a top 4 finish this year! #ROUND6 #BELSEA #TIGHTGAMES #THUMPEDTHERESSIES

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