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SECOND HALF DISAPPOINTS

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ALTONA CITY 3 GEORGE CROSS 1

After an impressive first half that saw our side take a 1-0 into the break, our team fell apart in the second half to concede three goals without reply. The Georgies were off to a great start and nearly took the lead after only 40 seconds when a shot from the right wing took a deflection and rolled past the post for a corner.

The early pressure paid dividends for the Georgies two minutes later when a cross-come shot from Nelson Salvatore eluded everyone in the penalty area with the ball ended up in the net.

The Georgies were mixing it well with their stronger opponents and easily held their own in every 50/50 contest.

Goalkeeper Ryan Gauci was first called into action after 33 minutes when a City player was played through for a one on one with Gauci. The young goalie stood up to the test, spread himself and blocked the shot.

Altona was starting to get more into the game and wasted a great opportunity to draw level when a shot from close range was blasting over the bar.

Three minutes before the break Liam Harding almost gave the Georgies a 2-0 lead when he spotted the City keeper McMaster off his line and his 45 metres shot was turned around the post for a corner by the scrambling City goalie.

The second half belonged to Altona as they pushed forward at every opportunity. The Georgies turned the ball over far too easily and couldn’t get out of their own half. The home team was begginning to look threatened and went close several times before drawing level in the 64th minute.

The pressure was on and 10 minutes later City went ahead following some soft defending. It was far too easy to allow the City striker all the time in the world to line-up his shot from inside the penalty area.

City wrapped up the game in the 80th minute with a well worked goal that once again looked all too easy.

A disappointing result after a bright first half, but we must look ahead and focus on the next game this coming Saturday against Brimbank Stallions at Chaplin Reserve.