Villas finals chance falls short
ONLY one goal stood between Brothers Aston Villa and an Archem Premier League finals berth, but they could not find it in a physical battle with Moore Park on Saturday afternoon.
The 1-1 draw with Moore Park left them one point behind Bingera, who claimed fourth spot, and Bingera’s big loss against Diggers later that night would have meant they missed out if Villa had taken the three points.
Despite their heart-breaking finish to the season Brothers captain-coach Peter Bock could not have been prouder of his young side.
“It would have been great to play finals football. But we managed to blood a lot of juniors this year, which is more important.”
It would have been sweet revenge to knock out Bingera – the team that beat them for the title last year – and it was not as if they didn’t have their chances throughout the season.
“We’ve had a few draws lately and let a few games slip earlier in the year that we should have won,” Bock lamented. “Again though, seeing the young boys develop like they have was a win in itself.”
Brothers’ goalscorer Harry Gray has been one of those men.
“For a 16-year-old, Harry has had a very solid year. He’s grown into a really good, solid player,” Bock said.
Moore Park’s Daniel Hardy opened the scoring before Gray replied just after half-time.
That’s how the score remained until the final whistle.
“It was a close game, I’d say we both had a similar amount of chances,” Bock said.