04 Sep 2014

Thursday 04 September 2014

It was a wet and windy afternoon away at Rosmini College. The pitch was hard and bumpy which made it challenging to control the ball. Despite this, King’s started well and continued to entertain our hardy spectators with some excellent football.

We dominated possession and territory during the first half, but the Rosmini team defended in numbers and with great determination to keep the match scoreless until the 35th minute. It was then that Tim Thursfield played a nice ball to combine down the right sideline with Zach Edwards, who played a first-time cross to devastating effect. It flew across their penalty area finding Koasigan Regunathan in perfect position to draw first blood. 1-0. The bench rose to celebrate in unison!

Two minutes later we all groaned in disharmony as Rosmini were gifted an equaliser from a corner that wasn’t cleared effectively. 1-1. We were buoyed by the last few minutes of the first half as it became increasingly apparent that Rosmini had little to offer on attack except for set pieces. On the other hand, King's was creating plenty of threatening plays in and around the Rosmini box. On 42 minutes, Koasigan Regunathan cut in superbly off the left touchline around and through two defenders, and then slid an unselfish low cross inviting our central strikers to pounce.

Within another minute, Tim Thursfield had made a nice run at the edge of the penalty area to meet a lovely through ball from Alex Panaho. The bobbly ground playing its part to deny him a clean shot as the Rosmini defenders gained time to recover their shape.

The message at half-time was, as always, clear and concise. One more goal was what we wanted, to win, to gain maximum points. Keep playing our game, be patient. Four minutes into the second half we had the ball bouncing off their crossbar. Rosmini had made a very good start to the half, keeping possession for longer and defending in depth, but we would not be denied this day.

After a series of throw-ins down the windswept right sideline, a bouncing ball was flicked on by Tom Dargaville straight to Zach Edwards' feet. He turned with the ball as it arrived, losing his marker just long enough to play a precision pass. It was to Koasigan Regunathan, who in position and unmarked, was given enough space to slot a low ball past their hapless keeper. 2-1! We had the all-important next goal!

Rosmini looked deflated and the next few minutes determined the match. On 21 minutes, after building a reasonable passage on attack, Rosmini failed to gain real penetration and resorted to shooting from distance, well outside the box. On 23 minutes Tom Dargaville made another characteristic run across the top of their penalty area, beating players at will. He passed a diagonal ball, Koasigan Regunathan ran interference and either dummied or got the faintest touch on to find Zach Edwards who slotted it. 3-1! We now all knew the Championship was within our grasp!

The last 20 minutes saw King’s come close to scoring again on five occasions through Zach Edwards, Koasigan Regunathan, Tom Thursfield, Henry Miller and captain David Fontein, who headed just wide from a corner. Final score 3-1. It was official, King’s College are the 2014 A1 Champions!