BOMADERRY suffered an embarrassing 7-1 defeat at the hands of United on Saturday at Lyrebird Park.
Going into the round in fourth position, Bomaderry had the upper hand against fifth placed United.
But United’s coach Trevor Skingle had hinted over the last few weeks that he had the best side on the park and that surely was put into practice as they annihilated their unsuspecting visitors.
Skingle said he never could have imagined such a scoreline against Bomaderry.
“I thought if we could sneak a 1-nil win or a 2-nil win or even a draw that would be good. I never thought we could win 7-1,” he said.
Bomaderry coach Doug Foley did not try to sugar-coat the result.
“We were smashed,” he said.
“We didn’t take out opportunities and every opportunity they had they scored.
“It was a very bad effort from us in attack and in defence.”
But it wasn’t smooth sailing from the start for United with Bomaderry creating plenty of chances in the first quarter.
“Even after 20 to 25 minutes, if you had of said we would win 7-1 I would have thought you would be mad,” Skingle said.
“Our defence was dreadful. We were lucky our goalkeeper pulled off a couple of great saves to keep it nil-all at that stage.”
United drew first blood 27 minutes in after a scramble in the box saw Taite Arney slot one home onto the bottom corner of the goal.
Ten minutes later Dean Atkinson put a foot to a Shaun Aldous header to make it 2-nil, which remained the score at half-time.
In the second half the floodgates opened for United.
Within minutes Aldous bagged a goal for himself, and was followed by Matt Fuzz, Matt Lewis off a free kick, and Aldous again from just outside the box.
At 6-nil down, Foley said there was a sarcastic cheer when Matt Roberts finally put his team on the scoreboard.
But then United put the final nail in the coffin with a late goal to Josh Mackaness which took the match to 7-1 at full-time.
Skingle picked Mackaness, Aldous and goal keeper James Spackman as best on field for the match.
Skingle said he was really impressed with his team’s second half performance.
“Our defence was still bad at half-time and we were giving the ball up cheaply. But to the whole team’s credit they knocked the ball around really well in the second half – they couldn’t have played a better half,” he said.
“To be honest 7-1 was probably a flattering score. Bomo played well, they had their chances and I wouldn’t write them off – they have proven themselves as a strong team and they will still be pushing for the semis.”
Foley said he had a talk with his team at full-time about commitment and how much they need to put in to win in the second half of the season.
“United have such depth in their team and I’m pretty sure that if you don’t train then you don’t get to play first grade. And by the looks of their second grade team they have got some quality players there too,” he said.
Foley said that although his team is determined to put the loss behind them, it won't be wiped from their memories for a long time.
“At least it will show the guys what can happen if they don’t commit properly,” he said.
Bomaderry face Illaroo next week, and although Bomaderry easily accounted for them the last time the two teams met, Foley said the 7-1 loss will only make it harder for his team.
He plans to make some positional changes this week.
United will play Huskisson at Lyrebird Park.