Husky get a confidence boost with first point of the season

Shoalhaven Football

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AT long last Huskisson have picked up their first point of the season after they had a 3-all draw at home against Shoalhaven United. 

While their coach Ian Osterloh said they are happy to be on the board, he also saw it as a missed opportunity as all three points went begging. 

His views were shared by opposing coach Trevor Skingle, who said his side did not deserve to get a point out of it. 

One of Huskisson’s biggest problems has been an inability to score the first goal, but they finally had a turnaround in fortunes when Jayme Delahenty found the back of the net from a header after 15 minutes. 

United found an equaliser around the half hour mark when Taite Arney smashed it into the top of the net from a corner. 

The home side managed to get one back before the half-time break after Sam Boardman slotted a free kick from the 18-yard box. 

Husky stretched their lead to 3-1 early in the second half when Jake Malligan got his name on the score sheet.

United found their way back into the contest when Matt Lewis scored a penalty with about 20 minutes remaining. 

To add to Husky’s woes, they were soon a player down when Josh Fuz was given his marching orders, after he had expressed his thoughts on the penalty to the referee. 

While United did get an equaliser through Kris Brant, Husky managed to stay strong in the last 15 minutes with a man down to hold on for a draw. 

Despite being a man down, Huskisson coach Ian Osterloh still thought they had a good shot at winning the game. 

“Surprisingly, I thought we still had a good amount of chances even with 10 men and I think we definitely played well enough to take all three points,” he said. 

“But I think just to get a point has the boys on a bit of a high and given us a confidence boost. 

“We know we can compete with the top teams, so now we need to get on a bit of a roll and keep putting pressure on them.” 

United coach Trevor Skingle said he didn’t think his side played badly, but still thought Huskisson thoroughly deserved to win. 

“It’s funny, but I thought they were the best side we played in the first round and honestly I’m amazed they’re on the bottom,” Skingle said. 

“They were far better. They knocked it round more, they were keen and they basically played us off the park.

“I don’t think they could’ve done a lot more, we were just lucky.” 

Skingle said he thought Matt Lewis had a pretty good game, along with Josh Mackaness and Kris Brant, while Osterloh named Jake Malligan, Sam Boardman and Alex Musemeci as the best for Huskisson. 

FIREPOWER: Sam Boardman plays a key role for Huskisson on Saturday, scoring a goal in their 3-all draw with Shoalhaven United. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

FIREPOWER: Sam Boardman plays a key role for Huskisson on Saturday, scoring a goal in their 3-all draw with Shoalhaven United. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

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