PHILLIP Island sent along five teams for the Gippsland Soccer League South Division Cup grand finals which were played in perfect conditions at Leongatha on Sunday.
In the end the Women won the Cup for the second year in a row, while the Under 15s won the first ever cup and the Under 16s came home with the trophy too.
The Breakers were quick to warm up to the icy conditions against Drouin with Callum Chisholm scoring the first goal.
The goal spurred on Phillip Island and the team grew in confidence as the grand final nerves dissipated.
Drouin was quick to fight back, levelling the scores; the game settled down and at the break the teams were still even on the scoreboard and on the pitch.
In the second half Andrew Thomas scored the Breakers’ second goal.
But Drouin pressed forward, scoring two more goals.
The Breakers persevered right to the final whistle and looked good, but ran out of time.
Drouin taking the cup win 3-2 in a thrilling game.
Under 15 Girls
Phillip Island faced off against Drouin.
Phillip Island scored early through Annie Dempsey and continued to pepper the attacking half.
This built up the confidence of the Phillip Island team and they continued to apply consistent pressure and follow-up on any shot that was close.
Goals followed from Cailen Lone, Ebony Saunders and Dempsey with another two.
Drouin scored a goal against the run of play to T Mitchell, but the rest of the day belonged to
Phillip Island’s Bella McCullloch scored her first goal of the season when she skied the ball over the keeper’s head.
At half time the score was 6-1.
The second half started with an early goal to Finley Dempsey, followed by goals Abby McCulloch and Lone again.
Drouin scored another goal with the end result a 9-2 win for Phillip Island.
Drouin’s tough Under 16s took on Phillip Island.
The Dragons had been undefeated through the season and Phillip Island knew it had to be on top of its game early.
It was a fairly even first half, but towards the end, when Drouin was able to exploit a couple of mistakes and scored two goals.
Phillip Island regrouped and scored two through Luke Nicholson and Angus Van Der Zwet – the scores were tied at 2-2.
Drouin looked to be
Next up the Under 16s also came up against Drouin.
Drouin were undefeated at this point of the season so the Breakers knew this would be a tough match.
It was evenly matched at the start of the game but Drouin managed to score the first two goals.
The Under 16s continued to apply pressure and were rewarded by two goals of their own, one to Luke Nicholson and the other to Angus Van Der Zwet going into half time with scores tied at 2-2.
In the second half, Drouin scored first but then Phillip Island put down the accelerator, kicking four more goals to Oscar Van Der Zwet, Nicholson and Van Der Zwet.
The women’s match was played against the local rivals, Phillip Island and Wonthaggi.
These two teams have met throughout the season and is always played in excellent spirit,
In the first half Phillip Island played its strong possession-style soccer, creating scoring opportunities by Wonthaggi’s goal keeper was up to the task.
Eventually something had to give and some skilful work through the midfield found striker Taylah Cook for the first goal.
Phillip Island continued to dominate play, but a free kick at the top of the box to Wonthaggi was converted.
The free kick was replayed in the second half, another goal to Wonthaggi.
Phillip Island’s defence worked hard, pumping the ball to the midfield, and on to the strikers where Cook scored her second to equalise the score.
Try as they might, Phillip Island couldn’t put the game away and extra time was called.
Determined not to go to a penalty shoot out Phillip Island worked diligently to keep the ball in the Breakers’ half and finally Pauleen Boulton was rewarded for her effort with a goal.
Another Wonthaggi free kick near the box seemed like déjà vu but Phillip Island’s keeper pulled of a magnificent save.
At the changeover of ends, Phillip Island connected up with Cook for her third in a stand out performance for the striker.
Old foes Phillip Island and Drouin faced off in the grand final.
It began in blistering pace, Phillip Island scored three goals (Tim Vanweynsberg 2 and Billy Timmermans) and went into the break 3-2.
Drouin pulled out all stops, showing its class and dominance of the attacking midfield, scoring four more goals.
It was a tough day for Phillip Island especially when star striker Vanweynsberg going down with an injury.