Burnie 1 – 3 Ulverstone
It was an eventful game yesterday at Montello and I am sure spectators views on the game might be different to mine.
Burnie had the better start to game however they found themselves a goal down when Michael Grey went past his defender (Elliot I think) and was brought down for a clear penalty. Ben Foote slotted the penalty with confidence.
Five minutes later Burnie drew level with a penalty of their own after Sam Wood handled the ball in the box. De Bomford hammered the penalty home past Will Cox-Haines.
It was an uneventful first half really. Both teams only produced 1 or 2 decent chances each.
Things started to heat up in the second half with a scuffle between Joel Stone and a Burnie player resulting in Joel getting a fair whiff of his opponent’s arm-pit via a headlock. To both teams credit the situation didn’t escalate and both teams got on with it.
After a tight first 25 minutes Conor Meaney out-paced the Burnie defence to be one-on-one. The Keeper saved his first attempt, however Conor followed up to make it 2-1.
We scored our third in a similar fashion when Michael Grey out-paced the defence again to lob the advancing keeper with about 10 minutes to go.
Burnie had an excellent opportunity to pull a goal back in the last minute however it was courageously blocked by Cox-Haines in goals.
There were 2 send-off’s in the second half. I don’t know who got sent off for Burnie but it was a straight red for foul language. I didn’t hear it but apparently the player in question requested quite loudly that he wanted someone to undertake the mating process with him. Ulerstone's Kyle Baldock received a second yellow soon after for what I assume was consistent infringement of the laws of the game.
Why we won
Watching Prospect beat Burnie the week before was important to getting a victory in this game. Burnie pushed numbers forward a lot of the time but were slow to regroup to help their defence. Sessay and Croswell exposed the Burnie defence because of this and they earned a victory.
We knew we would absorb a fair bit of pressure and we did that without letting Burnie get decent shots on goal. If you were a neutral observer you would have said Burnie had the better of the game but it was our game plan to absorb that pressure and score on the counter. I felt our attacking players were good enough to exploit Burnie’s slow backline and they did that.