IT was a lovely day for soccer and the Inverloch Stars senior men arrived at Mirboo North refreshed after a bye last weekend.
The Stars started strongly and started passing their ball around and opening up the Mirboo North defence.
A well taken throw was instinctively volleyed to the back post by Pat Gilbert, where he knew San Oo would be waiting.
Oo expertly beat the keeper to make it 1-0 to Inverloch.
The Stars carried on pressing forward and were playing some beautiful football.
Another quickly taken throw was well controlled by the irrepressible Gene Parini who expertly found San Oo who laid the ball off to Gerson Pancheo who hit a blistering shot from just inside the box finishing a beautiful Stars move.
Mirboo North started to find some form, but every attack was well snuffed out by Denis Landron and Sean McCrossan in central defence.
The Stars lifted again, and it was actually a piece of solo magic by San Oo that added another goal for the stars.
This magnificent play left Mirboo North trailing 3-0 and the game was out of their reach.
However Mirboo North threw everything forward at the end of the game and managed a well taken consolation goal from a corner, the game finishing 3-1 in favour of the Stars.
An undermanned Inverloch women’s team faced Mirboo North on a sunny but cold day.
Both teams were strong early on but it was Mirboo North who made the first few attempts at goal.
Inverloch’s keeper, Elli Hutchison, was strong and brave going in for some gutsy saves to keep the scores 0-0 early on.
Inverloch’s Orana Lynch scored the first goal for the match and not long after, Inverloch’s Emily Smith scored the away side’s second just before half time.
Strong play from both sides saw many attempts at goal but it was Mirboo North who was able to put scores on the board with two goals midway through the second half to level the scores.
Inverloch kept on fighting and were able to keep the ball in their attacking half for much of the second half desperately trying to score a match winning goal.
But it was to no avail, with the score remaining 2-2 at the end of play.
Under 15 girls
The sun was out, but the pitch was as muddy as a pig’s banquet for the Under 15 girls’ game.
The game began with a great defensive start by the Stars, with three great runs up the wing by Jess Challinor.
But a much stronger Mirboo North team managed four goals in the first half.
Several great saves were made by goalkeeper Tiff Matheson, including a great leap into the sky to punch the ball away.
New player Sirahnn Barker went from strength to strength and played an excellent game.
But in the end Mirboo North was just too strong, winning the match 9-0.
Earlier this season Inverloch went down to Mirboo North as they played out a very close, exciting game but now with finals in sight the Stars were keen to turn the tables on the Cats.
Against the run of play Mirboo North managed to score first after a goal mouth scramble from a corner kick.
At the restart the Stars again managed to dominate possession as the first half progressed.
Coach Riley Coleman was forced to play two of his biggest players Finn Gleeson and Maverick Matheson in the midfield to combat Mirboo North’s tall timber across their defensive line.
This left Oscar Gibson-Goldsmith, Tiff Matheson, Luca Spruhan and Noah Anderson to hold the Star’s defence together.
With the new structure in place and the big fellas getting plenty of the ball the Stars now looked more threatening moving forward and Luca Gleeson was able to notch a brace before half time.
The second goal was a well taken opportunity from a Maverick Matheson corner kick.
The score line reading 1-2 at half time.
The second half became an arm wrestle with Toby Challinor and Ben Clements looking threatening up front.
However despite some good passes from Zack Thorrowgood and Liam Chiappini the Mirboo North defence was able to hold firm.
Eventually though Liam Chiappini was able to take an opportunity from a cross.
Mirboo North then showed the spirit they had shown in previous games and surged in the latter stages of the match.
Seb Toomey in the Stars’ goal was forced into a number of strong saves and Mirboo were eventually rewarded with a late goal from a free kick that managed to find its way through the crowd to sneak in.
The last few minutes were tense as both sides tried to break down each other’s defences.
The final whistle blew with the Stars prevailing 2-3.
The under 12s impressed on Sunday with a very balanced team effort.
Tyler Martin found a new lease of life in the midfield and was regularly seen cutting through the opposition with great skill in the second half.
Tyson Goldsmith was also terrific in defence all day along with the wonder girls Alexis Van Oss, Charli Dellamina and Charlotte Febey who formed a near impenetrable wall.
All in all a great victory for the young stars 6-0.