THERE’S parking the bus, but yesterday Hanwood Juniors “parked the double decker bus”.
That was the assessment from a clearly frustrated Yoogali Soccer Club coach Sante Donadel after yesterday’s match.
YSC won 3-0, but Donadel said Hanwood Juniors’ ultra defensive approach didn’t make for a good game of football.
“It was a terrible game, in this day and age, you want to go out there and play,” Donadel said.
“All they were doing was trying to stop us from scoring a lot of goals.
“We just tried to play through them and that’s how it went.”
Donadel said his players remained patient.
“Eleven players basically just outside the 18 yard box scrambled to put their bodies in front,” he said.
“To their credit they smothered a lot of chances that we had. We were just patient.”
Donadel said his team got the first goal 25 minutes in.
“They’ve got the Nike ticks all over their bodies, every single player,” he said.
“We would have had 80 per cent of the possessions, knocking the ball around trying to open them up. It’s very hard to get through 10 players sitting on the 18 yard box for 90 minutes.”
Donadel said it was hard to separate his players for the best, with everyone contributing.
“Grant Davidson made a lot of good runs from the back through the middle and opened them up a bit,” he said. “He had no one to mark all game. Our back four didn’t have to do much.” The score at half-time was 1-0.