Box Hill United senior men’s flying wing-back Nino Lacagnina was pleased to see his teammates’ fighting spirit in the FFA Cup Round 4 against Altona Magic on Friday, despite a 4-2 defeat.
Playing away from home against an NPL1 opponent, a youthful Box Hill side were ultimately left to regret missed chances, and fell short of a favourable result in spite of two emphatic second-half goals from Sergio Azagane and Rowan McNamee.
The Con Karagiannidis-tutored United side saw three quality efforts thwarted by Altona goalkeeper Daniel Collison in the first-half, which kept Nashir Hussainy and McNamee (twice) at bay.
Reviewing Friday’s match-up, Lacagnina was keen to take the positives and said, “We cannot say that we had a bad game because we created chances and let the ball run – that’s what we wanted. Even against an NPL1 team, we tried to have the ball, to create [chances], and we were not just sitting and waiting that they come [at us].
“If we scored, I think the game would be completely different because every one of us would have another [level of] energy.
“The attitude was very good [from our players]. I saw the faces in the locker room after the first-half and some heads were down. But what happened in the second-half, we kept going and created chances. So, it was nice to see [the effort].”
The Italian import added, “I think the biggest difference between them (Altona Magic) and us was that they had some experience in the team. They didn’t need a lot of chances and they scored. Experience from the older players is important in that environment.”
Lacagnina, who plied his youth football days in Germany, was happy that the team could transfer the coach’s instructions on the pitch, “He (Con) always tells us to be courageous in our game, and that’s what we always try to do. It doesn’t matter if we are playing at home or away, we always try to play our football.
“Still, [we have] a lot to grow. But the effort is there [from the team]. So, I see us in a good way [in the coming months].”
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