Worst per­for­mance of the sea­son: Sykes

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHANDRA

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.’’

PHOTO: PHOTOTEK

Waitakere’s Paul Rhodes dives in to tackle Three Kings’ Si­mon Arms.

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