We hosted Northside Christian for the last time this season at home. We were very wary as the last time we played, NC came out of the blocks fast and had us under pressure right from the kick off. That was not going to happen today. Blackstone started the game strongly and at the 3’mark Jeremiah played a ball through to Dan who tool our first shot on goal but saved by their keeper. The possession swung back and forth but Blackstone had the lions share and our half of the field was not under threat. At the 16’mark, Josh passed the ball up through the midfield to Jonas who, using the ball beautifully at his feet, played a through ball to Dan. Dan was pressed to the right hand side of the goal and lost possession to the defender. But, Dan being tenacious, won the ball back from the defender and with a very tight angle put the ball into the top left of the goal. Goooaaalllll. Fantastic effort and a great assist by Jonas. As Blackstone worked the ball forward in another attack move, Dan returned the favour and put a ball across to Jeremiah. His second touch pushed the ball out in front of him as he outpaced the defensive line and in range of the keeper. With both players desperately lunging for the ball, Jeremiah won the race but his touch on the ball could not find the net. Their keeper came off second best and sustained a nasty gash on his knee and took no further part in the game. Great sportsmanship by Jeremiah who went to the keeper to check whether he was ok. Blackstone went to the break 1 nil.
Our second half started strongly and Jonas took advantage at the 30’mark but couldn’t capitalise with a shot that went wide of the goal. NC did have the odd opportunity and made a good run down our left hand side. With pressure from Callian and great work from our centre backs (Blair and Cody D), they won possession and played the ball back out. Our best chances for goals in the second half came from a nice build up and solid passing. On two occasions Lachlan received great balls from Jonas and Dan into space and was one-on-one with their keeper. Unfortunately, on both occasions the shot went wide of the goal. NC pressed to the end and at 47’mark, came down our right hand side, outflanking Connor and had a shot on goal. Buster judged the shot well and shadowed it as it went wide of the far post. The team played really well today and dominated possession and provided very few opportunities for NC to score. We had opportunities but just can’t find the back of the net. Special mention to Josh and Theo in the midfield who toiled all day feeding our forwards with great passing. Great game by Lachlan and Jeremiah, I thought they were outstanding. Buster picked up his fourth clean sheet of the season.
Full time result Blackstone 1 defeated Northside Christian 0.