Box Hill United’s senior men scripted a combative 1-1 draw against an experienced Moreland Zebras on Saturday, and striker Rowan McNamee lauded his colleagues’ performance as “a wise game”.
Box Hill remained unnerved throughout 90 minutes while going up against the Western conference’s table-toppers at Wembley Park in the Round 23 fixture.
McNamee netted his eleventh league goal to hand United the advantage in the first-half. But the Zebras’ captain Cameron Watson equalised through a controversial penalty in the second period.
Although “disappointed” with two points dropped, Box Hill’s standout creative attacking player reviewed the match-up on a positive note.
McNamee said, “Very disappointing to not get three points. We played well. Like Javier [Marangos], our vice-captain, said at the end of the game, ‘That’s the best of the league, bring on the rest of the games, because there are definitely wins for us there’.
“We played a wise game today, relatively speaking. We brought plenty of hu-ha, plenty of culture, which is what we need. We need more of that... We tried to play our game; we came up just short today. But, we are happy with how we played. ”
With four matches left in the 2019 NPL2 season, the former Kingston City forward added that the squad needs to maintain the urgency, as shown against Moreland.
“We need to start putting points back on the board. That’s why we play. [The] experience will come. But wins are what we need. One point is not enough,” he said.
“We want wins from good performances, especially at home. We have got to keep trying to do that. Four more games [are left], and we are going to try and maximise the points.”
Box Hill next travel to Elcho Park for the Round 25 encounter against North Geelong Warriors (17 Aug, Saturday, 3 PM kick-off).
McNamee urged his teammates to exhibit a clinical streak against a tough opposition, and said, “[It’s] always tough going out to North Geelong, always physical. We will be ready for that. We have got to do what we did today [against Moreland], and try to put more [balls] in the back of the net.”
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