The reserves started their campaign at home versus the newly promoted Kings Domain FC. The side looked very different to that of last year with only 6 players in the match day squad appearing for Collingwood City last season.
The team started strongly and were one up within ten minutes thanks to a superb slot home from the big man up front Lee Hayward, following some great attacking build up play and a sumptuous through ball from the glossy haired Billy Carter Jones, who at this rate will be replacing Joe Hart in the Head & Shoulders Commercials.
The team continued to dominate although following one lapse of concentration on a quick free kick conceded the equaliser, despite the best efforts of keeper Justin. This became the away sides only shot on target in the entire game and one of all a few real chances as the Collingwood defence in both halves marshalled excellently…it was only yesterday that Dave let the centre forward out of his pocket! Despite many great goal scoring opportunities most notably headers from David McKenzie, Jamie Braddock and a shot from Billy, the sides went into the break all square.
The second half began as the first ended with City dominating in every respect of the game and for the majority saw us camped out in the opposition half. Substitutes were made and some great balls from Craig Sterling into the box saw even more chances go begging. Chris saw a great header saved by the keeper when everyone thought the net would bulge…unbelievable Jeff and from a corner late in the game Lee pressurised the defender to see the ball forced home only to see the goal disallowed from the referee for a shirt pull that only he saw.
It was clear that City were the only team going to win the game and that the levels of fitness where far beyond that of their opponents. Some indecision and failing to play the easy through ball saw chances fade away however there were still lots of positives to continue to work on in training. Despite the total domination and best efforts of all the lads, the winning goal just wouldn’t come and as the players left the field many felt like it was two points lost. Overall a pleasing first competitive run out only lacking that killer final ball and finish which I’m sure will be just around the corner, as well as some players continuing to apply pressure on the seniors team as they look to push for a place.
Well Done Lads…Here’s to the next game.
Saturday’s performance against Kings Domain FC showed that all the hard work and sweat of pre-season was well worth it. Mike Maddocks became the first Citizen to find the score sheet for 2016 by latching in to the rebound after Dan Quinn’s header was saved. He feathered the shot into the corner of the net from the top of the box with barely four minutes played. From that point on, Collingwood dominated the stats sheets in every positive manner.
A clear case for a penalty was waved off, much to the anger of the home supporters as Maddocks escorted the ball to his left foot before being cut down by a defender inside the box. From all vantage points the defender played Mike and never even saw the ball, much less played it. Mike nearly made it two in the twenty fifth but pushed it wide. Dan Quinn shrugged off any concerns of an ankle injury as he hung out wide and caused Kings Domain’s back line havoc with diagonal runs into the box but was defeated by the woodwork after thirty-five minutes played. The first half was a pleasant walk to the change rooms with momentum and exuberance riding high for the Citizens.
The second half started with a renewed Kings Domain as they put their first shot on to goal, only to be denied by the powerful hand of Christoph Achsenick. With the danger cleared, the counter was on with Tommy Kent playing a ball across to the ever present Quinn who would have another shot blocked, with Nick Tzevakos giving an effort from the right side of goal. Another cross into the box went wanting and mercifully for Kings Domain went out for a goal kick.
Desperate to find a second, Quinn would try a low shot to beat the Kings Domain keeper before showing an excellent example of fair play, calling for the ball to be played out as the goalie lay on the deck immobile. The opposing coach (who from all accounts was a medical doctor) asked his goalie to stand up so they could finish the match, but the pain was too much for KD’s Keeper. Thankfully Eamon O Mongain is a physiotherapist, or he would not have got the quality attention he needed. The marshalls would be called in to escort him off the field in what would turn out to be a fractured fibula later in the day. CCFC wishes him all the best for a speedy recovery.
Kings Domain sent in their last sub for the injured goalie as Citizen Craig Tweedy would make way for Billy Jones. Tom Kent came out of the midfield having put in a great day for Jason Minglis before goal scorer Maddocks came out for the fresh legs of Nigel Madzi to press the backup keeper for that elusive second goal.
The final whistle gave us the first three points of the season as the Seniors yelled out the club song, the first of many!