Marcelo helps Roos finish in fine style
IT wasn't the prettiest of games, but Tweed Heads closed out their Gold Coast Soccer season on a high, drawing 1-1 away to third-placed Robina City on Saturday.
Again it was Brazilian wonder Marcelo who came to the Kangaroos' rescue.
Positioned perfectly at the far post with less than two minutes on the clock, the little maestro latched on to pin-point cross and, with just half a metre to work with, drilled his header past the flailing goalkeeper.
It was a just finish to what has been an impressive debut season for the 30-year-old attacking midfielder, who has added a certain class and flare to the traditionally gritty Tweed Heads outfit.
“It's been good fun,” Marcelo said.
“I've enjoyed meeting new people and playing with the guys.
“I think I've gone pretty well for my first year.”
The left-footed talent moved from Sao Jose dos Campos two-and-a-half years ago, but was only recruited by the Kangaroos midway through what has ultimately been a disappointing campaign by their standards.
Camped in the top four for the best part of the year, several below-par performances, highlighted by upset losses to Murwillumbah and Merrimac, resulted in Tweed Heads surrendering a semi-final berth.
“I missed three matches, including the Merrimac loss, which was disappointing,” Marcelo said.
“It is a little bit sad that the guys didn't make finals, but we lost some important points.
“I would have liked to keep playing, particularly in the semi-finals, but I think we will be in the top four next year for sure if we improve a little,” he said.
Having played much football at home in Brazil, predominantly as a striker or left-wing, Marcelo found his beloved game to be fairly different in Australia, and hopes some of his countrymen's ways wear off on his team mates during the off-season.
“The game is played a bit different here than in Brazil,” he said.
“Here the guys use long balls a lot, whereas in Brazil we play close and keep the ball at our feet.
“That's why I love taking players on over here and trying to beat them with skill.”
While Tweed recorded one of their better results to close out the season, Murwillumbah weren't quite so fortunate, going down 4-0 away to Runaway Bay.
Kingscliff were also on the wrong end of a hefty scoreline, beaten 7-4 in a goal frenzy on the Gold Coast.
In other results, Merrimac hammered Burleigh Heads 5-0 and United Eagles edged out Musgrave 5-4.