A Valuable Point – But was it Won or Lost?
Craig WA 3-3 draw at Alphington was probably a good result at the end of a closely fought contest but cold statistics show that with one point from a possible nine, there is (lots of) room for improvement. On a positive note it stopped the losing trend of the previous two matches. Also worth noting that Alphington are more than a decent team. It was a cold, wet and windy Saturday afternoon as Doncaster City ran out to face Alphington at their home ground. Line-up was slightly different from normal but not a bad team none the less consisting of: In defence, Graham the Goalie, Eric Careca, Paul , Gary , Ray In midfield, Parky , Darren , Mario and Craig Up front, Paul Caridi and Maurice The game started well for Doncaster who went ahead early on through another inch perfect cross from Martin to find Paul Caridi head in the six yard box, who was in good form throughout with his strength and eye for goal. Alphington showed they were capable of playing good football and came back into the game with their midfield controlling a lot of the ball. They finished the first half on top, scoring one goal through a well struck volley from the edge of the box and then a very good one on one save by Graham to keep the score 1-1 at half time. The second half produced a slightly better performance from Doncaster. With no one in really outstanding form on the day, it was always going to be difficult. It was a scrappy second half which ensured we never really had control of the game. Firstly, a needless given away free kick allowed Alphington to take the lead. And then they duly obliged by their full back pushing over Mario in their own box. Nonetheless a penalty midway through the second half allowed Doncaster to equalise through the right foot of Martin Park, who coolly slid the ball past the Alphington keeper. Hopes were raised with the equaliser and there were signs that Doncaster were beginning to control the game … but alas Alphington scored again leaving us a goal behind with about twenty minutes to play. Credit to the fighting spirit of the team and an Oscar award winning performance from Coops in dropping like a stone when challenged by their goal keeper … another penalty for Doncaster. Up stepped Martin to again place the ball in the Alphington net. A couple of deliberate handballs meant a yellow card given to both sides. Was pressure getting to everyone? Regardless, the heavens opened and the game was played out in typical Melbourne winter weather conditions with torrential rain and freezing cold. A last minute chance fell to Doncaster via their left sided midfielder who had a free shot on goal, but he scuffed it and the chance was gone. As the final whistle went the horizontal rain really unleashed itself and in true Wet, Wet, Wet style the song Hold Back the River was perhaps afforded the most memorable moment of the match. In the end, the home team probably feel a little bit unlucky they didn’t take more than a point. From a Doncaster perspective, we gained a point when it looked like we would get nothing from the game. Would not be surprised if Alphington win most of their home games … maybe a draw wasn’t such a bad result. Doncaster best on park: Mario, Coops and Parky