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LATE GOAL SINKS GEORGIES

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CAROLINE SPRINGS GEORGE CROSS 0 BRIMBANK STALLIONS 1 (0-0)

Our return to Chaplin Reserve for the first of four home matches failed to inspire our team to return to winning ways.  The tough physical encounter against Brimbank produced very few goal scoring chances with the winning goal having an element of freakishness in the way it was scored.
The visitors were awarded a hotly disputed corner-kick in the 83rd minute and scored directly from it much to the disappointment of the Georgie defenders packing the penalty area.

Goalkeeper Ryan Gauci got too far under the swerving ball as it eluded him and every other George Cross defender to finish up in the back of the net.

It was tough on the Georgies who did more than enough to take at least a point from this contest, even though our team did not perform anywhere to their capability.

The opening half was controlled by George Cross, but hesitancy to shoot when within range saw very few efforts aimed at the Brimbank goal.

Liam Harding was first to test the Brimbank rear-guard when his free-kick was tipped over the bar for a corner.

It was Harding again who produced another good save from the Brimbank keeper who finger-tipped the ball for a corner.

The Georgie almost took the lead after 26 minutes when a corner-kick was headed just wide by George Tsiakalakis.

Brimbank’s best chance came after 32 minutes when a cross from the left was deflected by George Tsiakalakis towards his own goal forcing Ryan Gauci into a brilliant reflex save.

Not long after a long Brimbank free-kick caused havoc in the Georgies' goal area before the ball was cleared for a corner.

The second half failed to produce any worth-while goal attempts to bother either keeper with Dominic Swinton having the best opportunity of the half.

Swinton was played through to be one on one with the keeper, but instead of taking the ball closer to goal, he shot early and his effort went over the cross-bar.

Brimbank play a hard no-nonsense style of football who pack their defence and play on the break. Andrew Marth’s team fight for the 90 minutes and never give teams space to play.

They looked dangerous on the left side and caused several anxious moments for the Georgie defenders.

Keeper Gauci was well protected and only had one save to make until the decisive moment in the 83rd minute that sunk our chances of at least a point.

The Georgies tried to get back on level terms in the final stages, but could not find the elusive goal.