53: Solidly Second

16 February 2020
Newcastle, Australia

We have put the poor run of results from prior months behind us, and delivered close to maximum points. We are now comfortably in second place with seven games to play.

Blow by Blow

Hyundai A-League – Match 17/27


Another big game for us today. We have been installed as favourites today, which has never sat well with the boys. Have picked the same starting 11 as last match.


We took the game by the neck and mounted some serious pressure on them. It looked likely that we would score first and we did. The goal came from a corner when young Clayton King got onto a loose ball and found the net. The second half saw us retain the command of the first half yet we were unable to find a way through. Luckily neither could they!

New Signing


I have had my eye on Andie Maseti for a few months and finally decided to take the plunge. I see his role being used to close out games at DM. He is not as attacking a player as is Clayton King, but is much more solid defensively.

Hyundai A-League – Match 18/27


Central Coast Mariners have been almost a free win this season. I am hoping that the same team from the last match can get the job done.


Three own goals were the key talking point of the game. In the end a comfortable 5-1 scoreline. Andie Maseti score on début, however it was past his own keeper! The win sees us back up to second and only five points behind the Victory.

Hyundai A-League – Match 19/27


We come calling at the home of the Roar in a must win match for us. We are close to the top of the table and a win would see us close up to 3 points behind. We boast a 2-0 record against them and need to make it 3-0.


Nick Wells put us ahead after 22 minutes when he got on the end of a fine McDonough cross. we controlled the first half and maybe deserved a bigger lead at the break. In the end our inability to convert our chances came back to haunt us as the Roar equalised via a late free kick.

Beltran Suspended


Matias Beltran always seems to pick up a few cards a season. It is part of his effectiveness, and as a consequenec some games he will be out. It’s life!

New Contract


Another two seasons should be enough to get the job of winning the champions league done.

Hyundai A-League – Match 20/27


Next up we play host to the Perth Glory. Last time out we went down 2-0 to them,and so we need to bounce back. Brodie Phillips comes in to replace the suspended Beltran at left back.


We put in a really strong performance however we were unable to find the finishing touch. It took a penalty, converted by Michael Dobson, to final break the deadlock. With 20 minutes to go we went more containing. A second penalty and red card gave us a chance however the penalty was saved to keep the score at 1-0. In the end that was sufficient, however I was not happy with the performance.

Team News


I have been busy building a team to go forward and dominate for the next 4 seasons. Given the upheval I am pleased that we have been performing as well as we have been this season.

Match Summary


After the horror show we have been on lately picking up 10 points from an available 12 was a good turn around.

League Table


We are sitting in second place with seven games to play. It is still tight at the top, and there are key battles up and down the top six.

Next Episode


The match against the Victory will be a true six point swing match. We just have to keep picking up the points and see how things shake out.

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