As brief as their reign may have been, New Zealand’s Football Kingz climbed the leader boards of the Australian National Soccer League on October 27, after they made a best club record victory of 5-1 over Newcastle United.
Their game occurred at Fortress Ericsson with 7,000 proud supporters watching.
The visitors dominated the early exchanges and could’ve been better as early as the second minute. The first minute featured Julio Cuello, Kingz goalkeeper and their midfielder as the play continued.
At the seventh minute, however, the tide of the battle switched as Newcastle’s defender, Chris Zoricich, guided the ball back to his teammates. But the Kingz still kept their advantage as the score line doubled in the eighteenth minute.
Then, an accident occurred that resulted in both Bluhm and Tsekenis getting protrusions on their foreheads. While Newcastle’s player didn’t suffer from the damage, Kingz had to replace their player with Glenn Sprod.
Within forty seconds, Kingz was able to score another goal resulting in a score line of 2-0. Though Newcastle should’ve been able to capitalize that chance, Kingz still put effort into getting the control back on the field.
It is now evident that the confidence of Kingz is improving, and so are their movements. At the 23rd minute, three of Kingz players made an effort to advance but Newcastle had their turn as well as they reversed the flow in the 26th minute with their own smart moves.
Then, the second half started still in favour of the Kingz, but not by any means was Newcastle getting beaten. They started strongly as each player coordinated to send the ball over the crossbar.
However, it wasn’t exactly as they expected as the Kingz cracked their third goal only five minutes later.
At this point, the Kingz opted to take out their very helpful Stevens and Bluhm for Aaron Silve and Dennis Ibrahim. But Newcastle United was still not finished. Despite being 3-0 down, Newcastle made an effort to score a goal.
But of course, the Kingz was able to counter-attack.
The 72nd-minute volley made it past the post and with fourteen minutes to play, Newcastle was able to score a goal. And that’s when the game really got exciting with a score of 3-1.
With six minutes to play, Kingz was able to return the favour and score another goal. Quick on the uptake, Newcastle knew there was no chance and with sixty seconds to play, Football Kingz was able to score another goal leading to their club victory record of 5-1.