Tigers chomped by Sharks

Saturday’s 4-3 home loss saw the Tigers hand the initiative to the Sharks on an Exchange Hotel sized platter – the result being a 2-0 deficit within the first ten minutes. Balmain managed to hit back before the break, with a disallowed goal then finally a legitimate one to make it 2-1. However the momentum swung back to the visitors as some poor concentration let the Sharks seize a 3-1 lead just before half time. The second half was much better as Balmain dominated passages of play, but they could never get closer than a goal. Has Reda converted a penalty on his second attempt to make the score 3-2, before Balmain conceded a clanger directly from a corner to hand the sharks a 4-2 lead. Mahmoud smashed in his second in injury time from outside the box, but the Sharks held on for the victory.
The Reserve team match saw the surprise return of Jackson Gothe-Snape (complete with fractured ankle) after coach Grill’s injury riddled squad was whittled down to only 10 other fit players. Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession, the Tigers were unable to break down a determined Sharks defence, and so the first half ended 0-0. It looked like the Tigers would be mugged on the day as the Sharks curled in a free kick with 20 minutes to go. Fortunately Nick Bounds stepped up and chipped the keeper from all of 30 yards to level at 1-1. Plucked from the first grade warm-up, emergency substitutes Alex Kaltenegger and Jem Richardson combined to produce a match-winning opportunity at the death, only to see Richardson’s effort go over the bar by the width of a Tiger’s whisker.