Griffith City One down Hanwood Blue in GDFA

Griffith City One may not have been able to convert all of the chances created, however, they were still able to come away with a win against Hanwood Blue on Sunday.

The side was able to come away 3-1 winners, but in actual fact, if they had of been more accurate in front of goal it could have been a more one sided result.

Coach Pat Cirillo said it would be something his side would be working on.

“We are working on our finishing,” he said.

“I think the young boys like to do fancy things but we are getting there, but we will be working on that a bit at training as well.”

It was a similar story for both sides in the early stages with chances going missed due to poor execution in the final third.

It took until the dying embers of the first half for either side to break the dead lock with Luke Tsantefskis finding Erik Listmann in the open. 

Listmann took full advantage of the space in front of him to place the ball past Bryce Crawford in the Hanwood goal.

Hanwood came out in the second half chasing the game and it looked like they would find an equaliser when Anthony Agresta broke free of the City defence however his cross was unable to find a teammate.

Tsantefskis soon doubled the lead with a goal of his own after he was able to get on the end of a Nathan Battocchio cross.

Hanwood were able to get themselves back into the game after coach Luke Papandrea after he made the most of a rebound to put the volley home with a bit under 10 minutes to go.

Their hope was short lived with Battocchio finally able to put away a chance of his own after being played in behind by a long ball from Listmann.

While being pleased with his side in an attacking capacity, it was their effort at the other end of the field which pleased Cirillo.

“The positive to come out of today was our defence,” he said.

“I am very happy to not have conceded too many goals today.

“They're playing out from the back as well which we have been working on and will continue to.”

While pointing to the performances of Listmann, Battocchio and Adam Leeson the coach felt it was a great team effort.

“Very happy with the way they played,” he said.

“I was hoping we would be able to play 90 minutes but I think we played 60-65, but they are improving every week.”

The win moves Griffith City to within three points of the fourth-placed Blues and now prepare to take on Yoogali FC One while Hanwood will take on Yoogali SC.