Kings run rule over Palm Beach
THE old adage, “third time proves it”, was borne out at Mallawa Complex on Sunday when 2010 ‘easy-beats', Tweed Valley Kings, showed they were on target for this season's Gold Coast Premier Soccer League crown with a comprehensive 3-1 third-round win over 2010 minor premiers, Palm Beach.
The Kings retained their unbeaten run against Palm Beach following a 2-1 win over the Knights in the season's pipe-opener and then splitting the points after a solid 1-all draw with Broadbeach in round two.
Kings players, officials and supporters went into this season full of hope despite a dismal 2010 but confident of bouncing back following an off-season recruitment drive, the chief ‘buy' of which was highly-respected former coach Craig Madden, who was lured back to the game after a short break.
Following Madden to the Kings' court were a mix of experienced and promising players including Luke Morley, Chris Edwards, Chris Brown and two exciting 17-year-olds, acrobatic 'keeper Josh Green and Jim Cartwright.
After just three rounds of the new season, the Kings have showed to all and sundry they will be there when the whips are cracking at the serious end of the season.
Madden was “very happy” with his charges' performance against the in-form Palm Beach and was at pains to stress that the entire team “put in” towards the victory.
“It is impossible to single out any one player because everyone out there did what was asked of him and contributed to the win,” Madden said.
“I was always confident that we would be competitive this season, primarily because of the hard work the players put in at pre-season training.
“That's where success begins – put in the hard yakka at training and then reap the rewards on game days.”
And going on Sunday's effort, the Kings will be harvesting many more wins throughout 2011.
Madden's mob were in control from go to whoa, the attack and defence complementing each other perfectly throughout the full 90 minutes; well, 89 minutes and 55 seconds – Palm Beach finding the back of the net in the dying moments after a Kings defender deflected a Palmie corner-cross into his own net.
All three Kings goals resulted after patient build-ups – the teamwork was cohesive and there doesn't appear to be any weak links in their line-up.
Madden had every right to be smiling broadly after the referee called time.