Worst performance of the season: Sykes
Three Kings United have suffered a disappointing end to their Chatham Cup dreams.
The Keith Hay Park side had only themselves to blame after they were humiliated 6-1 in the semis by Waitakere City on Sunday at Fred Taylor Park.
‘‘We are very disappointed that we saved our worst performance of the season for our biggest game so far,’’ coach Neil Sykes says.
‘‘The team prepared well but were unable to match the home team’s desire and ability on the day.’’
Sykes admitted their opponents scored very good goals after a brilliant start to the game, even going on to say they handed Waitakere the win.
‘‘We helped them by defending poorly and giving them two early goals.
‘‘For the last 30 minutes of the game it was frustratingly easy for them.
‘‘They used the energy that their home crowd gave and punished our poor defending to score some very good goals.
‘‘We were unable to take our opportunities when they arose and gifted them a couple of goals at key moments of the game.’’
Sykes says they have to put the loss behind them and end the season on a high note with five games remaining.
He adds they won’t judge their whole season on a poor semifinal performance and try and finish as high as they can in the NRFL Premier League competition. Three Kings are in second place behind Central Utd.
‘‘Obviously the squad was very disappointed but we have to bounce back and continue to have a positive finish to the season.
‘‘We are sitting in a good position in the league.
‘‘The squad has worked very hard for eight months and we will not be throwing the towel in after one poor performance.
‘‘As soon as the final whistle went we started to prepare for the upcoming game against Bay Olympic.
‘‘They are an experienced team who are entrenched in a relegation battle so they will be dangerous opponents,’’ he says.
‘‘The players would like to thank the Three Kings United supporters and officials for coming to the game on Sunday and supporting the team.
‘‘Whilst the performance was not what we would have envisaged we will endeavour to put that right in the upcoming games. Together, stronger.’’
Waitakere’s Paul Rhodes dives in to tackle Three Kings’ Simon Arms.