Box Hill United senior men’s side put up an encouraging display to earn a fighting point against Northcote City in their NPL2 first round match at Wembley Park, and head coach Con Karagiannidis hailed how his players conducted themselves over the 90 minutes.
It was a game that Box Hill could have won but for several missed chances in the first-half. Nino Lacagnina scored the first goal of the new season for the hosts, while Northcote replied with their goal from James Karvelis in the second-half.
Reviewing the match, Con said, “I thought we stuck to our game plan from the start. First-half, we were quite dominant and controlled the game and created numerous chances – maybe score one or two goals.
“[But] we didn’t take our chances in the first-half to probably get that advantage. Round 1 is always going to be difficult because everyone is playing with a big adrenaline [rush] and looking to get something out of the game.”
Looking at his charges for the first time in a competitive game, the head coach was impressed and said, “League games are always different – the intensity lifts, but our principles are staying the same. The way we have conducted ourselves over the pre-season, I saw the traits here today and we had our opportunities.
“The boys were really disciplined, [with] good attitude, their work rate was outstanding throughout the 90 minutes. Although Northcote lifted themselves in the last 10-15 minutes, we still kept our shape and were disciplined, and the boys stuck to what we spoke about throughout the whole week.”
Content with the positive outing, the former Pascoe Vale assistant manager explained, “I always want to be positive and I’d say I think we deserved the three points. But in the end Northcote did lift [their game] and for us not to take those early opportunities, we were always going to be under the pump in the second-half. So, we’ll take what it is.”