After last weekend's injury time heroics, the lads were looking forward to taking on Olympic in what would be another tough contest.
We started well, our defensive shape and discipline were excellent as we executed our pressing triggers.
It was Olympic who scored the first goal of the game in the 12th minute after we gave the ball away in the middle third and were exposed on the counter. A nice pull back from the by-line to the edge of the area was calmly dispatched. 1-0 Olympic.
Rather than heads dropping, we settled into a nice rhythm and were rewarded with an equalizer in the 19th minute. A nice move involving the impressive George Frost, Luciano Colucci and Steven Cromb was smashed home by Paul Clune to register his third goal of the season.
We continued to press Olympic and were creating a number of genuine opportunities. The front four of Colucci, Frost, Clune and Tim Hall were causing the Olympic back four all sorts of problems.
It was Tim Hall who produced a moment of genuine quality as he swiveled and shot in one movement, from a tight angle to unleash a fierce finish into the top corner. A wonderful goal, to take the lead for the first time in the match. 2-1 at halftime.
We spoke at halftime about the need to weather the impending Olympic storm. We knew they would come out firing and you got the feeling the next goal would be vital.
It was Brooklyn who indeed scored the next goal, and what a goal it was. George Frost whose energy, work rate and quality delivery were all on view in this one movement. Frost produced a wonderful ball from the byline to meet the late run of Colucci at the far post. Colucci was left with an un-opposed finish, to nod home and take the lead to 3-1. Colucci was enjoying a fine game against his former club. The celebration showed his commitment to his new club.
Olympic were never going to surrender as they began to apply pressure. While they were dangerous in possession, they were left exposed at the back. We could have and should have scored more, with Clune, Frost and substitute Tom McCann all having clear opportunities to extend the lead.
With 10 minutes remaining Elliot Riley, who had produced a performance full of industry and intelligence mistimed a challenge inside the area. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. While Sam Martin guessed the right direction, he could not prevent the ball from resting in the bottom corner. It was an unfortunate and undeserving moment in the game for a player who had added so much to the performance.
With time up on the clock, we again turned the ball over in the middle third. The Olympic player looked up, saw Martin off his line and lobbed the big man with an audacious shot from 35 yards. 3-3 and Olympic's bravery had paid off.
As the full time whistle sounded, this was very much a different feeling to last weekends game of the same scoreline. This was definitely two points dropped.
It was our own errors which had cost us the win and we were rightly disappointed with the end result. As a coach I was pleased with so much of today's performance and I am pleased the players all expect more of themselves as the season progresses. We know the quality we have within the group and despite remaining unbeaten after our first two fixtures, we have a few things to address to ensure we reach our full potential and start turning these promising performances into three points.
The visible and substantial disappointment was evidence of just how much these guys want to succeed for their club in it's centenary season.
As I type this I am already looking forward to getting into training on Tuesday as we begin our preparation for Miramar next weekend.
Strong performances from captain Paul Clune, the hard running Luciano Colucci, the irrepressible George Frost and man of the match Tim Hall who enjoyed his finest performance in a Brooklyn jersey.
Thanks to all of those who provided genuine and vocal support today. It is much appreciated. We hope to see you next weekend at Dave Farrington park as we take on Miramar.
Congratulations to the reserves who came back from 4-1 down to earn a 4-4 draw with Marist via a collectors item from Andy Cochrane, a brace from Angus Rooney and a debut penalty by Steve Woods.
The third team carved out a 1-0 win to maintain the top three teams unbeaten start to 2016.
Special mention must go to Masters Black who dismantled their biggest rivals Karori Dreamers 3-1. No doubt they are celebrating with a few lemonades.
Thanks again for all of your support. Look forward to seeing you all around the club.