It was a tough day for us playing against by far the best team we have come across in the competition. It was all Hamersley in the first half using the wings well and some great one touch football with Jimmy Young, who must have been one some wonder drug, controlling the offense for the Hammers. The Villa defended well but the Hammers should have put away their chances missing from point blank range inside the box on more than one occasion. We did come close in the last minute of the half with a powerful shot by Amin that the keeper palmed away but no one followed up for a tap in.
The second half was a much more even affair as Hamersley must have tired but they again dominated the midfield. The goal came from an awkward shot that bubbled and came off the post. We let our heads drop and it was only when the Hammers made it 2-0 that we found some spirit and got back into the game at around the 70 minute mark. We had some great chances and should have got one back with some excellent passing by Patrick, Benji and Sam but the keeper made an amazing save and the ball bounced of the bar for a corner.
Our substitutions came too late after the Hammers had gone 1-0 up and there was a lack of drive today and hunger for the ball. Confidence was too high for the lads before the game and the defeat will do us good in coming back to earth and reclaiming that fighting Villa spirit. Cup game this weekend and then a critical game against BB United in the cage the following week. After their 7-0 thrashing of South Perth on the weekend they may be a difficult proposition for the Villa away from home.