Last minute equaliser saves the day

Paulo Gravina was in his own words, “da Man!” on Sunday as his injury time shot, cleverly disguised as a cross, floated into the top corner to rescue the Tigers in their 2-2 draw away to relegation candidates Gazy Lansvale. Gazy took the lead midway through the first half as they caught the Tigers short at the back on a quick counter attack. Balmain’s reply was immediate and spectacular. Latching onto a cross from the right, Dave Hardwick launched himself into the air, assumed the horizontal Matrix pose, waited while the entire world revolved 360 degrees around him, then smashed a scissor kick bullet into the net at such velocity that the ball was shredded to pieces as it seared through the net. Ok maybe I’m exaggerating a little but it was rather good.
The second half was all Balmain, yet they somehow managed to give a goal away on the counter again. Despite laying siege to the Gazy goal, they could not hit back until Paulo’s injury time equaliser, just after a comical period where the referee handed out 4 or 5 yellows and 2 reds, all to Gazy players. Overall a disappointing result against a side we should have beaten.
The reserve team looks to be hitting form again after a convincing 5-0 victory despite the wet and slippery conditions. Alex Shain led the way with a double, and he was ably assisted in the goal scoring department by Marcus, Paul and Luigi.
This weekend sees the Tigers tackling league high-flyers Prospect United at the magnificent Birchgrove Oval, with both grades needing wins to stay in touch with the top four. Be there!