Dafkoski dumbfounded: Cringila slip up in cup

Battle: Eagle Chris Smith (left) and Lions' Alex Todoroski fight for possession on Sunday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN
Battle: Eagle Chris Smith (left) and Lions' Alex Todoroski fight for possession on Sunday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN


Cringila coach Lupco Dafkoski was baffled by his side's inability to take its chances in a 2-0 Bert Bampton Cup loss to the Albion Park White Eagles on Sunday.

The Lions looked destined to score at any given moment in an open affair at John Crehan Park yet were unable to put the finishing touch on a swag of chances in the 90 minutes.

"I still can't believe we lost that game," Dafkoski said.

"We just gave them two easy, cheap goals. I think we should have won it comfortably with four or five. It would have been a fair indication of the game.

"I thought the boys played really well ... it was just that final touch.

"If you don't take your chances, you don't win games."

It was clear from the outset that chances would come thick and fast throughout the end-to-end encounter, with defence far from a premium in the first half.

White Eagles new-signing Jack Balmforth was lively on the left side of attack. He linked with striker Chris Smith to create several chances for the visitors.

And it was Smith who eventually became provider for the opening goal midway through the first half.

The attacker made a run through the centre of the Lions defence and had his attempt saved by goalkeeper Gordon Despotovski, who could only parry it as far Jonathan Ramos at the back post.

Cringila had many chances to equalise as Stefan Dimoski and Marko Miceski missed great chances either side of half time.

On the hour, Daniel Wagus slammed what would have been the equaliser into the crossbar. A fantastic opportunity to turn the contest was gone.

Shortly after White Eagles made it 2-0 and Despotovski's series of sensational saves were cast aside.

The keeper denied Smith from close range and, after a spate of quick saves, the striker found a way to squeeze one past him.

The Lions continued to push for a goal in the final stages but were unrewarded ... and frustrated

"I think they probably shaded us a bit in the second half. They had a bit more energy and probably handled the conditions better in terms of the heat," said Albion Park coach Steve Micevski.

"For us, we were rather resilient and battled hard and probably didn't give them that many opportunities.

"We had a couple of opportunities to get a few more but it is still early days and there is plenty to build on.

"When you are still alive for a trophy it is always a bonus, obviously as a club you want to win as much silverware as you can."


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