Second half capitulation costs Clarets
It was a second half to forget for Rod Stringer’s men on Saturday, as they saw a 2-0 lead at the break turned into an embarrassing 4-2 defeat at the final whistle.
The Clarets dominated the first half of the match at a sunny Melbourne Stadium and should’ve been further ahead at the half way point, but a host of missed chances and some bad fortune ensured it was only a two goal lead after 45 minutes.
Amos Nasha opened the scoring with his first goal for the club, firing in in spectacular fashion from nearly 30 yards on 9 minutes.
It was a quick-fire double for the home side too, when Rhys Murphy doubled City’s tally barely 2 minutes later with his 6th goal in 12 games.
The second half was a different story though.
A penalty was awarded for a foul by Elliot Omozusi just minutes after the break and Ralston Gabriel stepped up to half the deficit.
Gabriel went on to have a second half to remember, bagging three further goals by the 67 minute mark, including a 7 minute hat trick.
Defeat sees City drop towards the middle of the league table in 12th, with a tough game away to title challengers Woking next Saturday. If it’s any consolation, City’s away form has been significantly better than the home form this season, so Stringer’s men will be keen to turn things around and take a big scalp in the process.
Match DateSat 29 September 2018
Half Time Score2-0
- Nathan McDonald
- Matt Young
- Joe Anderson
- Elliot Omozusi
- Rob Swaine
- Anthony Church
- Amos Nasha
- Michael Spillane
- Chris Whelpdale
- Tom Wraight
- Rhys Murphy
- Scott Fenwick
- Jai Reason
- Jerry Amoo
- Max Porter
- Jordan Chiedozie
St Albans City
- Da Costa