THE Inverloch Stars Seniors travelled to Lang Lang, having not played a match for two weeks.
But you couldn’t tell, as the Stars started strongly and from the kick off some sweet passing and movement lead to a sweeping cross from Gerson Pacheco, which Jordan Tomas just failed to get onto.
The Stars continued at a cracking pace, playing some beautiful football which was fantastic to watch.
Lang Lang absorbed the attacks well with their defensive line, playing well together and their keeper made some good saves.
The Stars kept on the offensive with some good shots from Pat Gilbert and Gene Parini just missing the mark.
Having taken some great pressure, Lang Lang hit the Stars on the break and a long ball down the middle split the Stars’ defence and a well taken finish meant it was 1-nil to Lang Lang at half time.
The Stars did not berate themselves at half time, knowing the football they were playing would soon turn to goals and it did.
Stuart Hutchison was dominating in midfield, linking up the defence and attack with skill and authority.
He spread it wide and the subsequent cross from Pacheco was handled in the box.
Parini stepped up and slotted the ball just past the diving keeper.
The Stars could smell blood and went up a gear again.
Tomas received the ball in midfield and spread it expertly to Pacheco, who easily outpaced the defence and slotted the ball past the oncoming keeper.
Pacheco was on hand again to provide the cross for Tomas to make it three goals in 10 minutes for the Stars.
The Stars controlled the game to the end with Micheal McClean and Aaron Fraser attacking down the wings, Denis Landron and Sean McCrossan keeping it tight in the middle of defence and Marco Orr having a fine game at right back.
The Stars were very pleased with the win, finishing 3-1.
Inverloch started the match superbly with Toby Challinor scoring two quick goals to put his team up.
The Stars kept the ball in their opposition’s half for long periods of time, with a number of shots just missing.
Lang Lang managed to put the ball in the back of the net late in the first half to get themselves back in the game.
Inverloch got one back early on in the second half through Toby again to get back their two-goal cushion and put the game to bed 20 minutes later through Luca Gleeson who finished off a long pass from Spencer Chadwick.
A terrific game in goals by Seb Toomey who marshalled his defence well.
Jack Duff and Liam Chiappini were busy in the midfield throughout the game.
Great work from coach Marco who regularly rotated the bench to keep everyone busy and warm.
Final score: Inverloch 4 defeated Lang Lang 1
The under 12s were full of beans after having last week off and they were keen to account for themselves early against Lang Lang.
They didn’t have to wait long before Finn Wilkinson, having his first stint at striker for the season, superbly finished to open up the Stars’ account.
From here on it was simply a tremendous team effort with all players contributing evenly.
It was very pleasing to see how they are progressing each week.
As a team they are putting into practice what they are being taught and passing the ball well to each other.
Without a doubt the highlight of the day was a glorious run down the right wing by quiet achiever Tyler Jenkins, which had the crowd roaring as he weaved past the first defender and then pushed the ball past another defender to find space and strike the ball with precision.
Lang Lang were a very determined side and if it wasn’t such a great team effort put in by the Stars, the result could have been a lot different. The Stars left the field with an 8-2 win.
More Soccer reports in this weeks edition of the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.
To subscribe to our digital edition: https://sgst.com.au/ezine-publication/