Heart for five?By: Plotty | November 17th, 2011
First of all, I will apologise for my lengthy absence from The Offside. Exams overtook my life for a few weeks but I’m finally done.
Well, let’s see, Heart now sit 8th on the ladder – a slight improvement – but with a table like this seasons, a finals spot is anyone’s for the taking.
The games I missed (writing about):
- Sydney at home – After a messy but deserved goal in the 84th minute by Maycon we were up 1-0 and looked to have taken the points, but no, it didn’t finish like we wanted. A controversial corner was given to Sydney and resulted in a Nicky Carle goal through a messy Heart defense. 1-1 was the final score, lots of fans left unhappy.
- Adelaide away – Adelaide shaken by a 7-1 loss to Roar the week before, were also looking for their first win with a forgettable start of the season. A brilliant solo run and long-range goal by Hamill gave the traveling Yarraside fans something to scream about, but the lead was again lost when Shime was red-carded and Adelaide were rewarded a free-kick which they capitalised on through a deflection off Bolton. This game also ended 1-1.
- Newcastle at home – With Shime out, the defense was questionable, but from kick-off the connection was there. Thompson and Hamill were extremely comfortable moving forward with ease. The first half was quite average, but that changed in the second. 3 goals in 20 minutes sent the fans in to ruptures as the fans finally got what they deserved, the much needed three points.
Next up we have Gold Coast at Skilled Park where a win will send us flying up the table to third (for the time being) and extend our undefeated streak to five, doesn’t sound too bad, does it? With the Gold Coast game only hours away we have quite a few ins and outs so we may see a completely different team to last week.
In: Rutger Worm (promoted), Kristian Sarkies (promoted), David Williams (promoted), Curtis Good (returns from international duty)
Out: Aziz Behich (international duty), Jason Hoffman (international duty), Mate Dugandzic (international duty), Alex Terra (injury)
Unavailable: Alex Terra – Hamstring (2-3 weeks), Nick Kalmar – Back (4 weeks), Kamal Ibrahim – Ankle (3 weeks), Kliment Taseski – Foot Fracture (long term)
Gold Coast knows how it feels giving away points in dying minutes and both teams are determined to capitalise on getting in a winning position before the last chapter of the game. This will test Heart and Gold Coast and both teams need the win, let’s just hope Heart come out on top.