Adam Gambrill would have been pleased with a draw at the start of Sunday’s Bathurst and District Football Association Premier League round 16 match, but after conceding an 85th minute equaliser the Eagles coach was left disappointed with the 1-1 result.
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The result keeps Cowra in fifth place on the competition ladder, with the top six sides qualifying for the finals which begin in three weeks time.
On Sunday playing second placed Panorama FC Red, Cowra broke the deadlock about 30 minutes in, when Michael Lazarou tapped into goal after an attempt from Will Baker was deflected.
Cowra made opportunities either side of the break and goalkeepers Bryn Stamford, who was forced from the field with a broken finger, and Mitchell Thompson were forced to work hard between the sticks.
A late equaliser sunk Cowra’s hopes of sending a warning to the competition, but the coach, after reflecting, is happy with how his side is travelling.
“Immediately I was disappointed because at the 85 minute mark I thought we had the win,” Adam Gambrill said on Monday morning.
“The one point should secure us a spot in the top six.
“I was really happy with the defence. We limited their opportunities. They didn’t slice us up the middle or anything like that.
“Our performance shows them we can compete with the top sides.
“Now I’ve had some time to reflect I can say that I’m really happy with the boys performance.”
Cowra’s next assignment is against the top placed CSU White.
Gambrill’s man are aiming to improve on their previous encounter with the students which resulted in a 4-0 thrashing.
He says his side will take confidence out of their latest outing. The focus this in the next few weeks is taking chances.
“It’s a huge game. I’m confident,” Gambrill said.
“I believe any team in the four or five can win the competition when they’re playing their best.
“For us it’s about sustaining or continuing that performance without lapses of concentration for 90 minutes.
“Another thing I’ve noticed is you have to take opportunities when they come. The emphasis on capitalising is quite strong.
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