Leeton United may be heading into the Pascoe Cup semi finals with a three-game unbeaten streak but assistant coach Joe Trifogli believes his team “almost didn’t deserve” Sunday’s 2-all draw with Tumut.
Trifogli was critical of his side’s efforts against the visiting Eagles at MIA Sportsfield and said improvements would have to be made.
“I don’t think we played very well out there, to be honest,” Trifogli said.
“We were down two goals inside the first 25 minutes or so and we didn’t look switched on.”
Leeton turned things around after half time with Munyaradzi Kawara and Luke Mandaglio finding the net late in the piece and seal a draw but the assistant coach remains far from impressed.
“Our captain Joey Fondecaro and Adam Raso and Erik Listmann were all out and missed the game, so we didn’t have our best side out there, but I’m just not sure what happened,” Trifogli said.
“I’m not taking anything away from the Eagles though – they’re a really good team, they were right up for it and they really took it to us.
“They’ve got good skills and I’m surprised by where they are on the ladder.”
The draw was enough to land Leeton fourth place on the Pascoe Cup table after finals-bound Wagga United and Young Lions played out a 1-all draw at Rawlings Park on Saturday night.
Leeton will face Young in Sunday’s upcoming elimination final at Rawlings Park and Trifogli is hopeful of seeing Fondecaro, Raso and Listmann return to the fold.
“Fingers crossed we’ll have them back,” Trifogli said.
Wagga United will face Tolland in the other elimination final following the Wolves’ 6-0 loss to Henwood Park on Saturday night.
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