Peninsula Power (NPL Queensland) defeated Green Gully (NPL Victoria) in Australia Cup action. Green Gully dominated most of the game but was undone by two quick goals (literally in the same minute, highly recommend watching it for yourself). Peninsula power in a 5-3-2 played very directly and struggled for possession but ultimately triumphed. Green Gully played a 4-3-3, and did not exactly dominate possession either but looked more threatening until the last 20 minutes or so.
- A1 – Very good, could play higher
- A2 – Strong potential to play higher
- B1 – Good, strong player at level
- B2 – Potential to be a strong player at level
- C – Average for the level, rewatch
- D – Below average in this match
- Nationality: Australian
- Age: 19
- Date of Birth: 27/04/2003
- Current Club: Peninsula Power
- Position: Striker
- Preferred Foot: Right
I was quite excited for Malakai Love-Semira, who played as a striker in this match. He scored two spectacular goals in the previous round of the cup, his underlying numbers on Wyscout absolutely bang, and he’s so obscure he doesn’t even have a Transfermarkt page at the time of writing. Everything was lining up for him to be a Target Scouting classic. But this particular game was kind of a dud.
Love-Semira showed some flashes of the player he might one day become but ultimately was not able to create any dangerous chances. Love Semira showed a lot of good speed which he used to stretch the backline and press the opposing backline. He was willing to throw himself into challenges though he was not very successful in winning any of them. He is not the biggest player but he’s hardly small (you may recall that Australian teams are terrible when it comes to publishing heights and weights so I can’t really speak in more specific terms than this). He also showed a willingness to shoot, firing from the edge of the box on multiple occasions.
He showed good movement in the box, though the ball did not get to him in this particular match. But where things really fell apart for Love-Semira was his footwork. He lost his footing a few times when pressing the ball, and seemed to really struggle to get the ball out of his feet quickly. There were lots of times when he just could not get the ball out of his feet. He would bring the ball to a stop but it took him way too long to get it to a place where he could actually do anything with it and he would lose the ball. In one particularly egregious example, he actually caused a player to bite on a feint but couldn’t get the ball out of his feet and lost out on the opportunity to cross or dribble into the box despite the defender he was trying to beat literally laying on the ground. His touch was also a bit bouncy which did not help his difficulties with dribbling and making things happen with the ball at his feet.
Lastly, he was wearing an under armour shirt under his jersey with shorts despite it being a sunny day. This has nothing to do with his playing ability but it is quite a chaotic choice. I leave it up to the reader to decide if that is a good or bad thing.
Rating – A2
Love-Semira is a fast guy with good movement who shoots a lot. I can see how he has been a successful player at the NPL level. But there are some technical problems in his game and, if you look at his aforementioned sterling underlying numbers on a game-by-game basis, you can see that he is wildly inconsistent. Ultimately I think he has good potential but he needs to improve with the ball at his feet quite a bit. I have talked about players needing to hit the gym in class but Love-Semira might need to hit the Tango studios. I think in the long run his best position will be as an inside forward where he can play off a target man and fire off a ton of shots.