A local derby always has a lot of promise and the premier division teams of West Pymble and Kissing Point playing on the new Astro Turf surface at UTS in Lindfield promised to be a great game on a grey afternoon.
At the start of this round, West Pymble was only one point off the top of the division and Kissing Point were a point from the bottom of the premier division. But this is early days in the North Suburbs Football Association league, as they are only a couple of games in to the season.
West Pymble started off assertively with their strong forwards dominating play, pressing the Kissing Point goal a couple of times. Two of their class forwards had good chances only stopped by a valiant effort from the Kissing Point goalie.
However, twenty minutes in to the first half, Kissing Point scored against the run of play. The goal coalesced Kissing Point in to a stronger and more confident outfit and also caused West Pymble to become more fractured and less confident.
Despite several skirmishes from both sides, the first half ended with the single goal from Kissing Point.
The second half brought new strength to both sides with players pressing for goals at both ends. The West Pymble goalie was the standout player in my mind, making some spectacular saves in both halves. I even heard the referee comment to the goalie that had made a brilliant save – high praise indeed. Sadly, West Pymble became a more fractured side in the second half, gaining several warnings from the referee and eventually a yellow card from too much pushing and shoving.
Kissing Point eventually triumphed from their persistence and scored a second time sealing the match.
This was a tight game and either side could have come away with the honours, but Kissing Point managed to capitalise on the opportunities whereas West Pymble could not.
A good game to watch on a grey afternoon in Kuringai, at a fantastic venue.
Final score: West Pymble 0: Kissing Point 2