LOCAL rivals Korumburra City and Leongatha Knights met on Sunday in rainy conditions.
The day started with a rose and pamper pack for all the watching Korumburra mothers to help celebrate Mother’s Day.
“The rose and pamper pack was a little token of appreciation for all the soccer mothers who do so much to get the kids to games, training and generally helping out around the club,” organiser and sponsor Jess Odgers said.
On the pitch, Korumburra City, inspired by last week’s performance, fielded a similar 4-4-2 structure and line up, the only addition was new signing Jack Millar on the right wing.
This allowed Andrew Provan to start up front alongside Aidan Richards.
City started the game well, with a solid back line performance.
Captain Johnny Janiw marshalled the defensive line, solidifying a well organised back four.
Fifteen minutes into the first half, City won a corner, the ball was whipped in by Liam Cull and Andrew Provan was there to meet it with a clean header to open the score sheet.
Hungry for more, City pressed and pressured the defensive back line of the Knights, the two forward players of Andrew Provan and Aidan Richards creating multiple chances.
On the 35 minute mark, the ball broke again to Andrew Provan, who reacted quickly to slot home the ball for a 2 – 0 lead at half time.
Leongatha had a penalty appeal turned down towards the end of the half, but City managed to hold onto the slender lead at half time.
After the break, Leongatha were inspired, having a few close chances, but Adam Richards in goal and the City backline stood strong, until City’s Janiw clipped Knights striker Fregus Warren in the box and the referee swiftly awarded a penalty.
Leongatha’s Diego Greggi kept his nerve, to slot home the penalty.
Shortly after, City had an opportunity again from a corner; Liam Cull drove the ball hard and low to the near post to meet Greg Walker’s header, which beat everybody but the ball smashed against the cross bar to deny the home team a goal.
Midway through the second half Provan broke again following some brilliant link-up play with Aidan Richards; he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home for his hat-trick, in what was a superb performance by the young striker in a new role.
With 10 minutes to go, City were controlling the game, and against the flow of play, Greggi restored some hope for the Knights with a neat flick from a corner.
It was a nervy final 10 minutes for the home side, however City managed to hold out for a deserved first home win of the season.
Phillip Island v Inverloch
The stage was set for a tough encounter between these two high performing teams.
Both had not lost yet this season and both teams wanting to keep their unbeaten run going.
Matches between the two always seem to bring out the best in the Inverloch Stars team and they started strongly with an early goal courtesy of a long range effort from Barry Farrell.
The game was played at an extremely fast pace and was evenly balanced with Phillip Island and Inverloch having some more chances before the break that they were unable to convert.
Some fine keeping from Stars’ goalkeeper Eli Cousins was supported by a strong Stars central defence pairing of Gene Parini and Denis Landron.
The second half provided another strong performance from both sides with some excellent running from Stars’ right back Tim Thornby that resulted in a goal to San Oo.
Some tenacious tackling in midfield from Stuart Hutchinson and some great work down the left from Adam Bell resulted in another goal for San Oo.
Phillip Island piled on the pressure towards the end of the game but the Stars held on to record a clean sheet and to move to the top of the table.
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