Box Hill United senior men’s dependable midfielder Nicholas Kokolakis is taking heart from the side’s FFA Cup Round 3 victory over Caroline Springs George Cross yesterday.
Despite Jon McShane negating Jamie Mammino’s opener at the City Vista Recreation Reserve, Kokolakis and new arrival Stuart Edgar scored in extra-time to script a solid 3-1 win.
It was the squad’s first competitive game of the 2020 season.
Pleased with his colleagues’ clinical performance in a physical encounter, Kokolakis said, “It was definitely a difficult place to come. We knew that it was going to be a grind. It took all the way to 120 minutes to get the job done.
“We are really happy and excited to be through to the next round. That was our goal, and we keep building through into the season now.
“We knew that our season started today. We’ll keep training hard, keep working. We are actually quite stoked to be through to the next round, so we can play another [Cup] game together.”
The Wembley Park crowd favourite climbed off the bench on 60 minutes and scored Box Hill’s second goal on 94 minutes, at a crucial juncture in the contest.
Nicholas Kokolakis (in blue) on the way to score his goal against Caroline Springs George Cross (Image credit: John Tam, Passion Creations)
On his contribution, Kokolakis added, “Generally, [I am not] scoring too many goals, [so] I am pleased to have come off the bench and make an impact in a different way.
“It was an important time of the game to go 2-1 up. So, I am really happy to have made an impact – it’s been a difficult week for me.”
Now is the time to use this victory as a springboard for better things in the NPL3 season ahead, reasoned the former Richmond SC player.
“Everyone worked together, we worked hard. The squad is really deep as well. People came off the bench and made an impact – young boys, older boys, experienced boys,” Kokolakis explained.
“The whole morale and team spirit have been fantastic through the pre-season. We are trying to build on that. It’s early but it’s showing."