This match was a top of the table clash between second place North Sydney and third place Kissing Point. Kissing Point had beaten Lindfield in the middle of the week which had moved them briefly in to second spot. Whoever won this match would move in to second spot as there was now only one point between them.
As the locals already know, Tunks Park is set in a deep valley beside the sea in Cammeray and that means the sun goes off early and it gets cold quickly. But nothing was going to stop the pace of these teams.
Recent form would suggest a narrow win to North Sydney (W-W-L-W-W-W) versus their close rivals Kissing Point (W-L-L-W-W-W-W). Kissing Point had played mid-week beating Lindfield so they were coming off a good win, but they would be tired.
The game started the way it continued: Scrappy. Lots of changes of possession, lots of long speculative passes that didn’t get to their intended destination, but North Sydney looked like they had the upper hand from the outset; more possession and more time in KP’s half.
North Sydney scored the first corner, but couldn’t convert the opportunity in to gold. And less than sixty seconds later the Kissing Point had the ball at the other end rattling the cross bar. This was clearly going to be an end-to-end contest with the winner take all.
Kissing Point not only had good attack, they had great defence with their back line thwarting North Sydney time and time again and then looking up-field for a good strategic pass.
To my eyes, North Sydney were spending a lot more time in Kissing Points half, but Kissing Point were stringing together better structured play. Kissing Point’s periods of possession were longer and they were moving the ball between players more easily and setting up better options.
At the end of the day though, structure and possession doesn’t really matter, it’s goals that count and neither side could score one in the first half.
Half time score 0:0
In the second half North Sydney’s strategy became clear; feed the ball through to their striker and leave him to do the rest. Their man up front was tall and strong and Kissing Point had to work hard to keep him under control.
While Kissing Point were smothering North Sydney’s front man, they let North Sydney midfield break away and score a well-deserved goal, wrong footing the Kissing Point goalie and posting the winning goal in to the back of the net.
It so easily could have been 2:0 with another shot on goal going wide.
Final score 1:0 to North Sydney who regain second spot, putting them two points clear of Kissing Point. Next week North Sydney have another tough clash away to Chatswood Rangers and Kissing Point are home to Berowra, so the struggle for second and third spots continue.