Balga SC reserves team suffered their second straight loss going down 3-1 to Curtin University FC.
After a close encounter against Morley Windmills last week, the reserves team went into the game confident of reproducing the strong form shown in previous matches. However, it was the home team that took the lead from a set piece. “I thought Curtin started on the front foot against us and you could tell by them scoring the early goal” said Luke Pergoloni, Balga SC left back.
Balga responded to the deficit and were on the board very quickly. Stefano Mastroianni scoring on his first start for Balga SC. “We slowly made our way back into the game and we had a few more chances to go ahead but couldn’t finish them” said Pergoloni. “Our discipline was letting us down with the constant free kicks we were giving away and that’s when Curtin looked dangerous”.
And it was one of those free kicks that once again undid Balga just before half time.
Second half started brightly for Balga but their possession was not reflected on the scoreboard. As the game went on, Curtin became more comfortable and were rewarded once again through another set piece to take the game out 3-1. “We did all the attacking in the first 25 minutes of the second half and then we died off and were on the back foot” said Pergoloni. “I thought Robert and Kevin had a solid game in centre back and Gareth kept us in the game with his saves”.
Balga take on Swan United on Saturday, 7 May 2016 at Princess RD Reserve. Pergoloni believes that this is the game for the developing players to stand up and get the season back on track “We have beaten Swan the last 2 games so no reason to not do it again. We need to put the same pressure on them going forward as we did last time we played them but our defense has to be more composed and solid this game as well. I believe that this is the game that will kick start our season” he said.