We were drawn in Pool 2, alongside Narellan Rangers, Wentworth Falls and Gladesville Sharks.
Our first game against Narellan saw us lose 3-1. As the majority of the PASA team was coming off the offseason and there were some new faces, there was always going to be some teething problems involved in our first game. Having said that, we fought very hard and created a lot of chances, unfortunately we just couldn’t convert. The first Narellan goal was dubious, as there were doubts if the whole ball crossed the line, but on the balance of play they deserve it. A quick counterattack saw Narellan score again, then an absolute screamer saw them take a 3-0 lead. However, we never give up and Chris Dickson fought back to score a goal. Our pressure just couldn’t pay off and while we were close to scoring more goals, we just couldn’t convert.
Our second game was a do or die game for us. Knowing that we couldn’t afford a draw or loss, we came out swinging. Again, we dominated possession and were creating chances, just couldn’t convert. Just before half time, Enrique Horna snuck in a ball to the bottom right corner to give us a deserving 1-0 lead heading to the sheds. The start of the second half was all attack from us. Our pressure finally payed off with Tommy Fitzsimons scoring to make it 2-0. With 5 minutes to go, Enrique scored again to make it 3-0 and help our Goal Difference.
Our third game was forfeited by Gladesville Sharks, meaning we won 3-0. The long wait to see if we qualified for the semi finals was over once we were confirmed as the best second placed team, by having scored one more goal than another team in contention.
Sunday 22nd February saw us make the semi finals and we competed against a tough a determined Macquarie Dragons team. A strong start from PASA had Macquarie on the ropes, however they managed to score on a counter attack and scored a quick one right after that. A free kick just outside the box saw a great opportunity from us converted by Matt Briscoe. The Dragons fought straight back and scored but before the end of the half to make it 3-1. The second half was a tighter affair, seeing us dominate patches of the half. One costly mistake by PASA was amplified when Macquarie scored and wrapped up the game at 4-1. We fought hard until the end to try and score another goal but it wasn’t meant to be. Macquarie then went on to win the title, beating the all star Kellyville team 6-2.
It was a great weekend, and we matched it and fought hard in every game. The fact that this was a combined team with players that haven’t played before shows the talent we have at the club. We will only learn from this great and massive experience, and hope to be back next season!