’75 show heart in defeat

THREE-nil defeats aren’t usually cause for a positive reaction, but after seeing what Bathurst ’75 had to deal with against Hakoah on Saturday night at Alec Lamberton Field in their State League Division Two contest, coach Mark Rooke had a pretty good point.
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Against the runaway competition leaders, who dismantled Rooke’s team 8-0 last time they met, ’75 gave a strong account of themselves and managed to compete on level terms with the high-flyers for most of their match.

In the lead up to the contest Rooke had spoken of Hakoah’s attacking potency and the class of some of their players and it took them just 10 minutes to make his words prophetic, with both Justin and Nathan Kosmina finding the back of the net.

The pair are sons of A-League coach John Kosmina, himself a former Socceroo and one-cap Arsenal player, and their class ultimately proved the difference on Saturday night at Alec Lamberton Field.

“I couldn’t be happier with the effort and attitude of the players, especially in the second half,” Rooke said.

“Early on it was as though we were watching Hakoah a little bit in awe of how good they were but in the last 15 minutes of it [first half] we started to get ourselves into the match and compete on even terms.

“In the second we conceded another goal, but in general we gave as good as we got all around the pitch and I can’t fault any of the players. The contrast between this game and the first game against them was chalk and cheese.”

Justin Kosmina scored his team’s first from a well-directed header before his brother fired in their second and another thrashing looked a distinct possibility.

As Rooke correctly pointed out though his players began to find some possession and move the ball around.

The contest was willing and there was no shortage of physicality, but the home team weren’t going to be pushed off the ball and they would have been relatively satisfied to go to the break at 2-0 down.

Early in the second half Ranni Rimmer trapped a pass in Bathurst’s 18-yard box and turned nicely to finish his team’s third goal. Again a blow-out became a distinct possibility, but the scoring was to end there.

In terms of the territorial battle ’75 could even claim bragging rights in the second half as they regularly took the ball forward, but in reality the Hakoah defence were too classy to allow them any scoring chances.

Rooke is under no illusions as to the quality of the victors.

“They’ve conceded eight goals all season, their transition from the back is fantastic and so hard to break down,” he said.

“To be honest, no, I can’t see any team beating them this season. They were actually missing a few guys tonight too, good players. They would give most NSW Premier League sides a run for their money.”

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

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