Saturday’s FFA Cup Clash saw another trip out west for the Citizens as they faced off against their first pre-season foe, Point Cook Soccer Club. Having played pre-season matches against each other this year and last, it was a club they knew and a challenge the team was eager to take on.
Collingwood didn’t get off to the best of starts with PCSC taking an early advantage with a goal in the 4th minute off a corner from a free header. Point Cook would strike again in the 22nd minute as confusion in the defence allowed another goal for the hosts.
CCFC did pull one back a few minutes later as Josh Kewifio-Okai was played through by Jason Minglis on a counter. Unfortunately that would be the last impact JKO would make as he had to be subbed off a short time later with a suspected Achilles injury that will potentially see him sidelined for the rest of the season. Nigel Madzi was unlucky to see his shot cleared off the line as we searched for our second before halftime.
After the restart CCFC pressed their opponents to get an equalizer. Another shot cleared off the line threatened the hosts after the break maintained Point Cook's lead. The Citizens kept the ball in the final third but the shots went wanting and Point Cook would punish them for it. In the 62nd minute Point Cook found the back of the net again, against the run of play, leaving Collingwood to regroup and get that second goal they deserved. The hosts would put a final stamp on the game four minutes later as they added their fourth goal in the 66th minute.
“We didn’t gamble enough on our balls in the box.” Coach Richie Bates told us. “Our final ball could have been better, but we had a lot of chances. Point Cook were the better team on the day but I feel all our goals should have been prevented.”
Collingwood's season begins on April 2nd as they host newcomers Kings Domain FC at 1pm (Reserves) and 3pm (Seniors).