Pittwater RSL is out from under the radar. For the second week in a row Adam Israel’s team has scored three goals against a second-placed team and conceded none. Put it to Israel that following the win over Brookvale at Kitchener Park on Saturday “the sleeping giant” has awoken and he’ll laugh.
“Mate, I like the sound of it! But we’re not getting carried away. Brookie was missing a number of key players as Curly was the week before. We were just better on the day. And better than we have been for a number of weeks,” Israel said.
Pittwater opened the scoring when Kye Conna scored an excellent individual goal, beating several players from the edge of the 18-yard box before slotting the ball just inside the side netting.
Pittwater had their second before half-time when big centre-back Aiden Currie rifled in a bullet-like header from the penalty spot, the ball flying into the top corner. Israel described the Pittwater junior’s celebration as “mad” and “lovely”.
“He’s a quiet lad, normally, nice and placid. But his celebration was next level and great to watch,” Israel said.
Pittwater iced the cake in the 75th minute when a long throw-in found Bill Benton’s head before Nelson Pyl poked the ball home on the far post. Israel said it’s a play the team has been working on.
“It’s nice when things you’ve been working on come to fruition. And it’s pleasing that we’ve finally strung some results together. It just happened to be against second place and second place. We went from eighth position to 5th position. We’ve conceded and scored a similar number of goals as the teams in third, fourth.
“Again, the ‘sleeping giant’ thing? I like the sound of it. But reality is Brookie and Curly were missing key players. But you don’t beat two second-placed teams without 8 or 9 of your team being on their game. It shows we’re on the right track,” Israel said.