Royals revival on cards
IN WHAT could be a late season showing of form the Clocktower Hotel Royals bounced back from a crushing defeat to Sailors, to notch up a comprehensive victory over North Coast Premier League finallists Barbarians Hagars.
Royals coach Matt Lobsey said it was a solid team effort that got Royals over the line against a struggling Barbs side who were backing up from a Friday night loss to City Bears.
"I was just glad that we finally played properly and put it all together on the day," Lobsey said. "We seemed to have more control of the basics in the match and our passing game was fantastic.
"In recent weeks our attitude has been lacking and we haven't been completely focussed in preparations. We have not been mentally ready each week.
"But I think that really changed on Sunday. Everybody played well and prepared well for the game."
The match finished 4-0 with the Royals slotting two goals either side of the break including a "goal of the season" contender from fullback Thomas Smith.
On the final hooter Smith converted a penalty corner, after flicking the ball as he was falling into a horizontal position.
"I was standing on the battery as he scored it," Lobsey said. "I called the short corner play but it was definitely improvised.
"It was certainly a comical goal. It was Thomas's first goal in A-League which is fantastic. Zac Young also scored his first premier league goal which I am sure there are many to come."
In other action Bears def Sailors 5-0 and Bears def Barbs 3-2 in catch-up action.