A team of midfielders and strikers finally got the win that we’ve been threatening all season. Only 2 recognised defenders were available with one volunteering to keep. The defence started with Stas, a Striker, Evaan, a winger, Motte, a Centre Mid and Tom the sole usual defensive player. A good array of attacking talent was available however, with Abdullah, Brenton, Luca, Lazslo, Adrian as well as a rare appearance from Jordi completing the starting line up
ANZA started well moving the ball quickly and were quickly 1-0, however Hibs were using the big PSA pitch much better and always looked dangerous. After blowing an open goal chance the equaliser came after ANZA missed the chance to clear a square ball.
ANZA improved in the 2nd quarter and did a much better job of pressuring the ball, stopping the clever Hibs CM’s from dictating the play. Brenton put us 2-1 up after a nice turn past the defender and a calm finish. The 3rd came after a clever counter after a sustained period of good passing by Hibs. Good defensive shape and communication from the makeshift Anza defence kept them away from any dangerous areas and forced a speculative cross field ball that was stolen by Laszlo. A quick 1-2 and he was played into the wide open space of PSA and calmly slotted the chance.
The 3rd quarter started well good attacking forays down both wings and chances to Adrian. Marcus was close to icing the game with a looping header that hit the inside of the post but somehow stayed out. As is usual, this would come back to haunt us and it was soon 3-2. ANZA possibly distracted by the striker returning from an offside position forgot about the one running through from onside who calmly finished past a lunging Evaan.
In similarities to the last time at PSA, ANZA then did their best to throw the game away conceding a penalty from a situation that was seemingly covered. This historical precedent would be fortunate however as the taker went the same way and the keeper pulled off the save after doing his best Red Wiggles impersonation. Thanks to Nick for picking up new gloves during the week.
This would be in vain however as Hibs were back to 3-3 after the right winger made a well-timed run/was a yard offside, controlled and squared smartly for the tap in.
The game went from end to end in the 4th as both teams pushed hard for the win. Close to time, Brenton controlled the ball bobbling around the box and hit the far corner with a spinning karate/kick putting ANZA back ahead with 1 minute to go as confirmed by the ref.
Then either the longest minute in football occurred or I missed the part where we now play time added on. Hibs attacked and shot wide, the ball having to be fetched from behind to goal by the keeper, doing the type of exercise he’d tried to avoid by volunteering to keep in the first place. ANZA attacked and crossed from the right, but the ball missed all. Lee got their first but the Hibs keeper bulldozered over the top of him to retrieve the ball. Maybe the ref didn’t see due to the fading light as the game kept going. Hibs attacked down the wing but the makeshift ANZA defence held strong before full time was finally called.
Finally on the board this season. We’re still to put an 80 minute performance in, but we got the points and that’s the main thing. Thanks to Hibs for another great encounter and we look forward to the return leg later in the year.