AWADA FRUSTRATED WITH FIRST HALF PERFORMANCE
29 / 05 / 2016
Manager Mo Awada was left frustrated yesterday the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Dinamo Riga
Date published: 29/05/2016 -16:22
Riga United FC 2-3 Dinamo Riga
Pfeifer 83' pen
Riga United thus far this season had been unbeaten at
home and United, coming off a close game on Monday were looking to
get back to winning ways. Dinamo Riga had other ideas, the
team which appears to be the ‘stone in the shoe’ of Riga United,
again spoilt the party and beat United 3-2 with two first half
United took till the 75th minute to find the net, when substitute Jānis Pakalns found the net with a wonderous strike. It was 8 minutes later when they got their second with an 83rd minute penalty from Peter Pfeifer, ensuring a tense finish to the end.
Dinamo Riga got off to a flyer when in the 2nd minute of the game, stunning United as the first corner of the game was put away. United were very slow to come out the blocks in the first half. There didn’t seem to be any sense of urgency to their game.
United couldn’t seem to get into their game and unable to play the quick two-touch passing that has served them well so far this season. Instead choosing to make the difficult pass and more often than not paying off.
The second half, with no doubt United manager’s words ringing in their ears, came out and took it into 2nd gear as the passing was much improved and they look to be moving the ball better.
Into the second part of the half, in a frenetic 10 minutes, 4 goals were scored. It started with Dinamo in the 73rd minute as a player was able to cut in from the right side to the middle and slot it low into the bottom right side of the goal. Substitute Jānis Pakalns, who made a great contribution to the second half, got his reward 2 minutes later. Three minutes later, it was again the turn of Dinamo to create a two goal cushion as they were awarded a penalty to make it 3-1. Then finally in the 83rd minute, United were back in it again with a penalty from Peter Pfeifer, to bring it back to 2-3.
For the last 5 minutes, United pushed everyone forward in search of an equaliser but the Dinamo goalie was up to the task and made some excellent saves. That despite Dinamo going down to 10 men for the last three minutes as a player received his second yellow. So the final whistle blew and it was Dinamo who celebrated.
This match was marred by some of the incidences, which is increasingly a concern for United. That is the referee not responding to some very dubious challenges which could eventually lead to something more serious, this being for the 3rd game running.
Speaking after the game, Mo Awada as clearly frustrated with the team but took nothing away from Dinamo’s effort in the game, “We started the game very slow, almost asleep, we conceded from a corner within the first 2mins, it was a very poor goal to give away. The 1st half was the poorest half we've had so far, we just didn't get going...no tempo, no closing down I was very frustrated. We had some harsh words at home time, changed the system slightly and the second half was much better. Their goalkeeper won them the game making 3 world class saves.
Janis [Pakalns] made a huge different coming on, fighting for every ball and scored a wonder goal.
The poor 1st half cost us the game...I'm really frustrated but I hope the players now understand what we need to do and how we should play.
Fair play to Dinamo, they handled the heat better than us and were more up for the fight.”