HAWKS WIN TOUGH OVER PATRIOTS
The Adelaide Hills Hawks senior team continued on their winning ways with a hard fought win over 5th placed Playford Patriots in last Saturday’s State League 1 encounter. It was an important result as they leapfrogged over Western Strikers back into the 6th place and the chance of finals with two rounds to go.
It was also the opportunity to redeem themselves after the poor performance in Round 2 back in March where Playford outplayed the Hills unit to register a 4 nil drubbing of the Hawks.
The Hawks midfield of Danny Pauli, Jimmy Lenzi, Jake Forrester, Ollie Grant and Lewis Farquhar started off well with some important intercepts and passing movements. While the defence of Reece Markham, Nathan Elliott, Jared Daly and Owen Smith worked tirelessly to keep Playford’s attack in check. While Striker Kyle Markham was clever in his hold up play to allow for opportunities in the front third.
The Hawks broke the deadlock when Pauli capitalised on a defensive error to coolly slot the ball past the experienced Anthony Capaldi after 18 minutes. This lifted the Hawks and they continued to play with confidence.
Coming into the break the Hawks coaching staff reinforced the need to stay focused against a strong Playford side who always play to the end. The game became a midfield battle in the second half as the home side defended stoutly against their northern opponents. Dan Hosking and Dan Ryles were bought on in the last quarter of the game to help nullify their opponents and the home side fought gallantly despite being a man down for the last 15 minutes after key player Grant was sent off for a challenge on the hallway line. It was an important result against their very strong opponents.
Best in an outstanding defensive effort were Pauli, Farquhar, Elliott and Daly. It was a great way to celebrate Jake Forrester’s 100th game for the club and a fitting reward for Forrester’s great form over the last couple of months were the versatile midfielder had made many key contributions to the Hawks run of form.
The Hawks now turn their attention to the penultimate game of the season on Friday night at the Hawks side against 3rd placed White City who are coached by ex Socceroo Damien Mori and they will need to be at their very best both physically and mentally to continue their good run of form.