A SIZZLING first half by Inverloch Stars has set up a convincing 4-1 win over Drouin at Bellbird Park.
Drouin started very strong with the ball remaining in its attacking end for the first minutes of the game and it wasn’t long before Drouin scored the first goal of the match.
Inverloch bounced back with Inverloch’s striker Julia Ward scoring the Star’s first goal for the match to level scores.
With scores level midway through the first half, Inverloch maintained the momentum with the ball staying in its attacking half for quite a while.
An attempt by Drouin to clear the ball from goal led to Inverloch’s Sarah Cantwell kicking a beautiful goal from outside the box, sailing over the Drouin keeper’s head and into the net.
Moments later, Inverloch’s Ciara Ryan scored the Star’s third goal for the match to take a 3-1 lead at half time.
Both teams came out firing in the second half but it was Inverloch’s Julia Ward who made the first unsuccessful run for goal.
The ball bounced off Drouin’s strong defence before Ciara Ryan and Lauren Grylls had shots at goal, both well defended by Drouin.
Elli Hutchinson finally scored the fourth goal for Inverloch as the Stars won 4-1.
The Inverloch Stars Senior Mens team came up against another unbeaten side, Drouin.
The Drouin ground is a big one with lots of space and this allowed both teams to play some good football.
In a very even match, chances were hard to come by, but Oscar Price and San Oo were always looking dangerous up front for the Stars.
Stars keeper Owen Saul showed the first bit of class, pulling off a fine acrobatic save to tip a Dragons shot over the bar.
Inverloch looked strong after the break and had a few more half chances on goal, but as the Dragons pressed for a goal they looked very tight at the back.
The centre back pairing of Gene Parini and Denis Landron marshalled the defence well and Andrew Ellis had a great game playing at right back.
The game ended at 0-0 but the Stars were happy to keep up their unbeaten run.
Under 15 Girls
Drouin always bring their A game and this week they had 15 players to Inverloch’s 9.
Thanks to Drouin for matching our 9 and evening up the game, it was much appreciated. Unfortunately Inverloch had a player unwell during the match and she had to leave mid game.
The hard work really began and although down a player, the girls defended really well and kept Drouin at bay.
The Stars lost 4-1 with Orana Lynch getting one on the board for the Stars.
Win or lose the girls had a great time and are looking forward to their next match.
The game started slowly for the Stars but when the goals came, they came with a rush.
Inverloch went into the break 5-1 and the second half was a bit more of a tussle with Drouin defending stoutly.
The final result saw Inverloch win 7-1.
The Inverloch effort was really underpinned by the under 11 players who came up to help out with a few absences on Sunday.
In the left and right back positions were Taj Murdoch and Rex Parini performed admirably.
Taj bravely thwarted a number of the Drouin’s forays into the Inverloch half and probably made the biggest header of the day.
Rex coolly and calmly used his skills to control and distribute the ball with great effect.
He had a great duel with the Drouin number two.
In his under 12 debut and in the lucky number 12 top, Jack Farmer playing up front stunned us all with four well taken goals.
Jack showed terrific nous around the goals, slotting four in each half.
Other goal scorers included Oscar Ward, Toby Challinor and Luca Gleeson.
It was really pleasing to see the Star’s passing game developing, they should really trouble some opposition teams in the second half of the season.
Lady Knights dominate at Mirboo North
LEONGATHA travel to neighbours Mirboo North and came away with a convincing 12-0 win.
Although several players were down with injuries, the Lady Knights were still quietly confident they could bring an edge to the game.
Expert midfield control from Mimmie Ng and Annemieke Enter saw Leongatha maintain solid ball possession in their offensive half.
Mirboo North played bravely but were outmatched by Leongatha’s forward line of Kathy Zacharopoulos and Karli Blunden.
The Lady Knights held a 4-0 lead at half time.
Mirboo North’s had some fast attempts to get on the scoresheet, but they were unable to pierce the solid defensive backline of Kaitlyn Hermann, Jess Burrows, Pauline Graewe and Jordan Rintoule.
A weakened Leongatha were taken apart by a clinical Mirboo North.
Mirboo North took a 2-0 lead before Ethan Bath pulled one back for Leongatha with a curling short from just out of the box to make the score 2-1.
Shortly after, Mirboo North was awarded a penalty kick which was converted.
By half time, Mirboo North added another to give them a 4-1 lead at the break.
Things went from bad to worse after the break with goals coming in quick succession, which lead to a landslide 11-1 win for Mirboo North.
A tough day for the Knights there were some good efforts by PJ and Sam Bainbridge who made his debut for the Seniors.
Tellarah, Heath, Sam, Shayan, Taj, Jacoa, Ella, Jarrah, Noah and Neka had a great game.
Plenty of goals were scored with their skills improving each week.
City get job done
IT was a quiet weekend for Korumburra City with only three teams having games against Prom Coast and most of the teams enjoying a well-earned week off.
The Under 12s played out a good 6-3 win with four players scoring the goals.
Will Roberts and Charlie Rollo scored two goals each and Curtis Gardner and Liam Richards scored one.
Korumburra controlled the game well scoring three goals in each half.
In a close and entertaining game, the under 16s played out a 2-2 draw with goals to Aidan Hall and Peter Veltri.
Prom Coast had several taller players in a solid defensive line which made the going hard for the Korumburra forwards.
The final game of the day was a close match for the mens reserves.
Prom Coast played very well showing they are no longer the easy beats of the league.
The teams were only separated by an Aidan Richards goal at half time.
The second half was more open and higher scoring with two more goals to Aidan Richards and two goals to Adam Richards.
Prom Coast replied with three goals, which could have been more after a great penalty save from keeper Ross Olden.
Prom Coast hit the woodwork a couple of times but Korumburra were able to hold on for a 5-3 win in sunny conditions.
Korumburra now have a week to prepare for an away trip to Drouin.