R10 Wrap: Modbury Jets v South Adelaide

The Modbury Jets were forced to come from a goal down to snatch a 1-1 draw against a resolute South Adelaide side on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors were more than in the game throughout the contest as they started the more brightly out of the two sides.

Modbury coach Jason Trimboli was unhappy with the way his players started the game.

“I was disappointed the way we came out, we looked lethargic and didn’t really create any chances going forward.”

The pressure began to grow on the home side as the Panthers mounted several counter attacks, seeing one audacious effort narrowly missing the inside post.

The bottom-dwellers at kick-off, lead the arm wrestle but both teams were unable to flex their muscles in the opening period.

The Jets soared to a blistering pace in the second half, being denied twice in a couple of minutes by an alert South Adelaide goalkeeper.

Trimboli credited the rejuvenation to the tactical switches he made during the break.

“I tried to address a few issues including getting outnumbered.  Firstly, I changed formation to change the midfield.”

Against the run of play, South Adelaide had their noses in front sending shock waves throughout the ground.

Panthers coach Danny Graystone said the game plan was standard with only a few tweaks.

“We adjusted the game plan in terms of weather and pitch. We didn’t do too much... we went there for the win and just didn’t have the finishing touch.”

The break through eventually came, after the away side failed to deal with a delivery into the box with and the resulting header levelling the scores.

Graystone admitted the possession give-aways in the later stages let the opposition get back in the game.

“The first half we were excellent, second half too many turn overs from our players and we conceded that way.”

Although being content with the point, he also pondered over the inability to finish off the game.

“We had a couple of 1-on-1’s we didn’t take them. We’re just missing the killer instinct.”

Trimboli believes his team’s defence has been going from strength to strength, becoming harder to break down and applauded the new players coming into the squad.

The Modbury head coach noted the inconsistency in the performance resulted in the draw.

“I think the lacklustre first half cost us the game, if we came out more positive we would have got the win.”

Graystone was pleased overall with the game and was quick to point out some qualities he saw.

“We just kept the ball better and were a bit more positive …We did well to close the spaces for them to play”

The result was enough to move South Adelaide off the bottom but still they remain in the drop zone.

Article by Andrew Lodiong - @Andrew_Lodiong


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