“IT WAS a draw, but it felt like a loss”.
Those were the words of Leeton United’s assistant coach Joe Trifogli following his side’s 2-all draw with Wagga United on Sunday afternoon.
Played in Leeton, the match marked the start of the second round of the Football Wagga competition and both teams were hoping to get a win under their belt.
Leeton went into the match as favourites after finishing on top of the competition ladder at the end of round one.
However, the match was to end a draw, with Leeton left wondering what could have been.
There was a chance for the home side to get ahead in the second half, but a penalty shot on goal was missed by Adam Raso.
“If we had of got that penalty goal, I think we probably would have won,” Trifogli said.
“That’s not to blame Adam, not at all.
“Their keeper saved that goal and it really got Wagga up and about.”
Leeton had a number of players out for the match due to illness and work commitments.
“We definitely would have liked to get the full points,” Trifogli said.
“After the game the boys really felt like it was a loss.
“That’s how they took it and that’s not a bad thing.
“They know they need to play better if they are going to win these games.”
The two sides were coming off the bye weekend.
United did train well in the interim, but Trifogli said the bye hadn’t helped their cause.
“I think the bye really didn’t help us at all,” he said.
“We still trained really well last week, so it wasn’t that.
“There are still a lot of younger players in our side, so they are still learning what it’s like to play at a senior level.”
Reserve grade also had a draw with Wagga United, with that match ending with scores locked at 1-all.
Trifogli said it would be back to the drawing board this week.
“There were patches of the game where we went back to our old ways, which isn’t what our coach (Mick Doolin) wants,” he said.
“There’s definitely things we need to work on this week at training.”
Leeton United will hit the road to Wagga this weekend where they will take on Tolland on Sunday afternoon.
We definitely would have liked to get the full points. After the game the boys really felt like it was a loss.