When the going gets tough ... the Kings go soft
WITH their backs against the wall, on the brink of relegation, the Tweed Valley Kings ran onto Broadbeach Oval with their Premier League lives to play for.
But when the going got tough, the Kings failed to get going.
TVK got off to a flying start in their penultimate Gold Coast Soccer clash, but as has been the case throughout the season, they were overrun by a more eager opposition.
When attacking weapon Kenta Shimizu broke the deadlock early in proceedings, the Kings looked like the team of old, but where last year's outfit would have gone on with it, the 2009 troops seemingly lacked heart.
Within minutes Broadbeach had its equaliser and momentum swung the hosts' way.
Already showing defeatist signs, the last thing the Kings needed was a soft goal, but as is often the case when things are going a team's way, a goal-keeping blunder, where the ball made its way between the legs of Nathan Wilson, gifted the league leaders a second goal and ultimately the lead.
From there, the Kings dropped, along with their commitment levels - influential captain Luke Craig, who ran his legs off, and striker Armadeep Ghooti, who continually hounded the opposition 18-yard area, were notable exceptions.
Soon it was three, then four, five, six and seven against, with Beau Hayes bagging the Kings' only other goal in a disappointing 7-2 defeat.
“Their second goal should never have happened and shouldn't be seen in senior football,” coach Craig Madden said.
“It's disappointing when you are in control, a soft goal turns the tables, and the entire team drops off.
“The boys need to show more fight, stand up and be counted ... we never looked like winning 50-50 balls.
“With one game remaining we are in survival mode, and it's crucial we win this week to avoid a relegation play-off.
“The boys can all play good football, but they have got to want to do it for themselves.”
This weekend the Kings host Surfers Paradise at Ron Wilkinson Field, requiring a win to ensure they remain in the premier league for the 2010 season.
Wooden-spooners Mudgeeraba face certain relegation despite salvaging an impressive 1-1 draw with fifth-placed Musgrave, while Southport moved to within a point of the Kings after a 2-2 draw with Nerang.
Hence the Kings will be hoping seventh-placed Magic United, who went down 4-0 to second placed Palm Beach on Sunday, prove too strong for Southport in their end-of-season clash next week, to alleviate pressure on the Kings.
In other results, Coomera edged out Surfers Paradise 2-1, and Burleigh Heads defeated Gold Coast Knights 1-0.