Box Hill United’s senior men scripted a turnaround performance to finish 2-2 against Murray United on Sunday, and Italian import Nino Lacagnina drew attention to his colleagues’ battling attitude.
Murray took a two-goal lead in the first period via Lewis Greenwood and George Voliotis’ unfortunate own goal. But Box Hill turned the screw with intent after the restart, drawing level through Jamie Mammino and Jacob Byrns.
A late surge saw them up the ante with encouraging wingplay, and Lacagnina himself found a driven attempt whiz past the far post agonisingly.
Although the match finished all-square, the Italian full-back revealed how a crucial discussion at half-time aided Box Hill to almost complete a comeback win.
He said, “All in all, it showed that we are still trying to end the season in the best possible way. You can also see it in training that we try to always give our best, even though the ladder does not speak for us.
“Unlucky to concede two [first-half] goals. At half-time, we were talking about should it get even worse, or should we change it and go out of it in a better way. That’s what we did – we tried to play again, let the ball run, we created chances and got rewarded with those goals.
“Even it was my shot in the end, or another chance we had, we maybe could have won the game. But it’s how it is right now. One of the qualities [for us] was that we came out of the locker room and we changed the game again. We proved that we still want to end in the best way.”
Reflecting on his own stint with Box Hill so far that has seen him bag 26 league appearances and two goals, the former Richmond SC player is determined to continue proving his worth to the squad.
Lacagnina, 26, who plied his youth football days in Germany, said, “It’s very interesting to see different cultures, different ways of training and playing the game. Here, it’s very intense. In other places, it was maybe more tactical.
“One way I am happy that I got all the games. I am still healthy and fit. I play in different positions – wing-back and winger. I like both positions, [and] always try to give one hundred per cent. But I feel like I can give a lot more.”
The versatile defender also stated how he added to his repertoire while playing in the NPL scene, “I think, [it is] consistency. Before, [when] I was a bit young, it was like maybe play one game well, the other one not that well. But right now, I have arrived at a point when I am very consistent, mentally always ready for the games. And I keep going…
“I want to [get to the point] where I decide more games, maybe score more goals, now that I am playing a bit at the front.”