Sunday, January 25, 2009
Roar 4 v Perth 2:
Arriving at the game I saw the youth teams coming off Lang Park. They were as hot as hell. Oar, Dodd and Kruse had all played. I speculated if Cernak would get his first run, he did late in the 2nd.
Perth came to play in the main game. They pushed forward early. But soon started to tire in the humidity (something you probably don't get in Perth - I'd had sweat running off my face all day - it is the reason there are 3 Queenslanders in the Socceroos).
Hats off to Nik R who looks like going to the Dutch Div 1 - scored a fantastic opener just when we thought yet lag would catch him.
Danny Tiatto was man-of-the-match. Set up the Roar equaliser running down the left when Perth were on their heals waiting for a free kick, brilliant cross for Van Dijk whose header Tando can only palm onto the bar and Mitch finishes, again, brilliantly. 1-1.
Lost of shots missed by both sides in the 1st half. This game had the biggest shot count of the year.
Mid second half - lots of shots by the Roar, many too weak to best the keeper. van Dijk forces a save. McKay and Murdocca were regularly short cornering and flicking it across. This time they go to the near top of the box Tiatto - who had skewed a ball across the box minutes before - goes for glory and makes it. 2-1.
Within minutes Victor S has the ball but it gets away from him. Tiatto dives in and clears. Victor DIVES over Tiatto's feet. Yellow card. What? You cheat. For Tiatto it was close to Adelaide all over again. But no he stays on. Victor has been in the refs ear all night - despite a yellow card for decent - and gets his reward. But he is badly hurt and can't get up. He has to be helped off the field. Wow Tiatto must have really cracked him. But what's this he wants to come back. (And the replay showed a beautiful dive from Victor and no injury). Send him back to Holland Coach Mitchell we don't need cheats.
Later, Victor upends McKay - surely he is off? No just talking to the ref. The crowd are into this - get him off ref. Victor continues to talk - so Miller, threads to McKay who centres from the near post and Van Dijk scores. Ledger equalled. 3-2.
McKay corner, he calls for Josh. Josh obliges with a great header. 4-2. A few more missed chances from the Roar game over.
Can the Roar men match the women?