Finals dream is over for Kangaroos
DREAMS of making the finals appear to have slipped from Tweed Heads' grasp despite a convincing 6-1 thrashing of Musgrave at Keith Hunt Park on Sunday.
With just one round remaining in the Gold Coast first grade soccer competition, the Kangaroos are three points adrift of fourth-placed Merrimac, who salvaged an unlikely 2-2 draw at home to second-placed United Eagles to secure their semi-final berth.
To steal Merrimac's thunder, Tweed would not only need to beat third-placed Robina City at Robina Common this Saturday, but do it comfortably to close a 16-goal deficit on Merrimac.
Merrimac too would have to fall victim to a shock upset away to strugglers Burleigh Heads at Pizzey Park.
So it seems the Kangaroos' mid-season lull has cost them another crack at the first division finals.
“The losses against Murwillumbah and Robina when we should have come away with points really cost us,” Tweed coach Roger Hoy said.
“It's disappointing. None of the top sides really troubled us, but then we never beat the top four so realistically we don't deserve to be there.
“We haven't performed to our player and supporter expectations, and with my absence for 13 weeks' training, I have to put a fair bit of it down to me too.
“The committee is looking into other ways of improving the club for the future and that's the line I'm taking - to look forward and not to patch the past.”
It's a premature end to what should have been a promising campaign for the Kangaroos, but when it comes down to it they simply blew hot and cold too often.
The Kangaroos only managed to salvage one draw all season - the least in the division - which means that while they have won as many games as Merrimac, Tweed's lack of drive to grind out a draw with more fancied opponents ultimately cost them (Merrimac have four draws).
Although they lifted for the big clashes, they often appeared to let their game-play slump to the level of their lesser opponents.
This was evident in the first half of their most recent trip north to tackle Musgrave.
Where other clubs have rattled double figures past the hapless wooden-spooners' defences, Tweed took just a 1-0 lead into the break.
A one-two between Brazilian import Marciello and Aaron Maingay created the opportunity for Marciello who made no mistake in slotting past the keeper.
“Marciello was a stand-out. He controlled the middle of the park with simple smart football and deserves a lot of praise,” Hoy said.
“But the rest of the boys made it more difficult than it needed to be by playing impatient football and blasting shots from 40 yards out.
“I want to give them credit because a 6-1 win is good result, but against such opposition it should have been 12 and could have been if we weren't playing park football.
“As soon as we kept it on the deck we looked great, and in the end we did it in a canter, but I still think we should have performed better.”
A brace for Aaron Maingay and goals to reserve keeper Brad Gregory, Corey Bruce and Chris Porter produced a more respectable full-time scoreline.
In other results, Kingscliff was hammered 7-0 by Burleigh Heads, Murwillumbah was edged out 3-1 by Griffith Uni and Tugun went down 3-0 to Robina City.