OLD BOYS CUP 2016 REPORT

5 APR 2016 | BY SKOB SOCCER CLUB

Old Boys Cup 2016

Annual one-day event hosted by Old Scotch for Metro teams of various Old Collegian clubs and friends.

REPORT

A big SKOB squad gathered at Old Scotch for the annual Old Boys Cup. Buoyed by the inclusion of some SKOB legends, mixed with some exciting young talents on debut, the boys made an energetic start to the opening match against Old Xaverians. With a hardened defensive unit marshalled by Simon Perotta, SKOB was able to keep most of the ball in our attacking half, but it would take an absolute worldie by Richard Smart to open the scoring for the day, landing a corner ball into the top right hand corner. Half time in the first game and SKOB were 1 to the good.

Check out the goal here:
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Prodigal son Leigh Cosentino warned during the break that Old Xavs would be eager to equalise early in the second, and his prediction was prescient, a well-played overlap leading to an easy tap-in to level the scores after play resumed. Not even the unconventional managerial nous of Stuart Faz, whose innovations included an ice-hockey style line change that briefly resulted in 13 players on the field, could wrest a goal back, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The next two games saw the SKOB outfit tinker with lineups and positions, and despite some cheap goals conceded, the team acquitted themselves well in two close losses to Old Scotch 1 and 2. A stunning strike by Warzon was, however, the only highlight of the match against Celts, whose speed off the line and confidence on the ball proved too much in a 6-1 loss, and would eventually earn them the trophy.

The squad, who by this time had been whittled down to 11 following a series of injuries and forced departures, buckled up for one last hitout against an Old Melbourne side requiring a win to make the final. Switching to a 5-3-2 to give some added structure to our movement up the ground, the boys played a smart and purposeful brand of football, and it delivered when Warzon put one home to give us the lead.

The advantage was neutralised before half-time, but re-established after the break when Taka put a one-touch finish from the top of the box into the top-left corner. Choosing not to park the bus but continuing to play with structure as they had been the entire game, the SKOB boys almost held on for a memorable win, only to concede in the dying moments when Old Melbourne capitalised on a short clearance to fire home.

The squad finished with two draws from the five game tournament, but with some key learnings and great performances, are poised to gain a lot more for the experience as the season proper kicks off next week.