Under-13 boys Victorian Champions League ladder-leader Central City will not forget Sunday’s clash with Rivers in a hurry, despite escaping with the three points.DAMEN FRANCIS November 27, 2012 4:15am
Under-13 boys Victorian Champions League ladder-leader Central City will not forget Sunday’s clash with Rivers in a hurry, despite escaping with the three points.
The final scoreline of a 4-1 did not do justice to Rivers’ committed display, nor did the circumstances of the defeat.
After weathering the storm until half-time, Rivers drew level at 1-1 early in the second half and looked the more likely team to win, until Central City pounced.
A penalty and two questionable goals from goal kick interceptions in the space of six minutes swung the game in City’s favour.
Despite the disappointment of the final result, Rivers coach Atila Kerestes was full of positives about the performance.
‘‘They were the top team, so it was a tough battle to start with and they were physically superior to us and well dressed,’’ Kerestes said.
‘‘They dominated possession in our half and we were under a lot of pressure.
‘‘But we never panicked, we continued to link passes in our own penalty area and work it over halfway, sometimes without the opposition touching the ball.’’
Rivers restricted its more fancied opponents to long shots and it was one such strike that eventually broke the deadlock.
However, the second half was a different story as Rivers grew into the game.
Centre forward Gianluca Iannucci dropped deeper to spend more time on the ball and his vision and ability to keep the ball helped his team dictate play.
Defensive trio Jack Milford, Liam Fiore and Patrick McClelland were all outstanding at the back, the latter playing a major part in the goal.
McClelland won the ball and linked up with left winger Alec Mills, who released David Musafiri.
While Musafiri’s shot was unsuccessful the ball fell to Louis Gorman, who expertly chipped the keeper for a wonderful goal.
The competition’s ‘‘play-out rule’’ is designed to encourage teams to play out from the back, but is based on sportsmanship, rather than official enforcement.
Kerestes said his side would continue to pass its way forward rather than resorting to the long ball, despite Sunday’s disappointing experience with the rule.
In other results, Rivers’ under-13 girls lost 2-1 and the under-15 girls went down 4-0.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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