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TONY'S TAKE ON LAST MATCH

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POOR FINISHING KEPT MORELAND CITY IN THE GAME
The clash against Moreland was never going to be easy considering Moreland City where on top of the ladder and had only lost one game at home in the past two years.

They are the type of team that plays with a never say die attitude and will chase every ball down right until the final whistle.

It was great for me to see our boys turn things around within a week after a poor effort against Goulburn Valley.

The message during the week was to rekindle self-belief in our playing ability and simply keep the ball. We were looking to build up the confidence throughout the week. We controlled 65% of the game and with that kind of dominance you will score goals and win games.

The goal came on transition from the back after we moved up field with some good one touch football. It led with the a ball being played over the top that saw some brave work by Bobby Lojanica who put his body on the line to win the challenge that set up Slaven Vransevic with the opening goal.

We had plenty of opportunities to put the game away, but once again it was our poor finishing that kept Moreland in the game.

At only 1-0 down Moreland pushed for the equaliser and it nearly came following a rare lapse in concentration from our defence. The Moreland striker broke clear into our penalty area for a one on one with our keeper. Thankfully he didn't score due to the brilliance of our goalkeeper Robert Santilli who could have suffered the same fate we did two weeks earlier against St. Albans.

Thankfully all the shape and work we did on Tuesday and Thursday night came together. With a little bit of luck in front of goal the first half could have seen the score blow out, but credit to the home team for making life hard for us.

We need to continue playing with the urgency and belief we showed against Moreland. I'm confident we can do this against Dandenong City, but again it's not going to be easy.

Our main objective this week is to stay focused on the job at hand and take it one week at a time. Dandenong City is a different team than they were last year, but so are we. We have to play to our strengths and execute our game plan if we are going to take something out of this week.

Once again I would like to thanks all our supporters that took quality time away from there families on Easter to come to the game, especially those that came from Portarlington. It made the win more special for you all. Go Georgies.

Tony Ciantar