|SUNSHINE GEORGE CROSS
Goal Scorers: Kyle Joryeff.
A GOAL WORTHY TO WIN ANY GAME.
GREEN GULLY 0 SUNSHINE GEORGE CROSS 1 (0-0) Scorer: Kyle Joryeff.
Green Gully line up: Nikola Ragonovic, Daniel Jones, Steven Burton, Jeff Fleming, Josh, Groenwald, Graham Hockless, Ryan Ollerton (Matt Sanders 52), Mile Medjedovic, Andy Vargas, Jonathon Munoz (Michael Anderson 89). Subs: Nicholas Robinson, Cameron Drake, Kyriako Gerohristodoulou.
Sunshine George Cross line up: Martin John, Matthew Cini, David Calleja, Barry Devlin, Dougal Cameron, Fidell Richards, Evan Christodoulou, Kyle Joryeff, Andrew Nabbout (Ben Cogger 82), James Blackburn (George Papadopoulous 73), Steve Beck. Subs: Tyrone Demetriou, Daniel Sweney, Cameron Salik.
A sensational strike from 25 meters by Kyle Joryeff gave Sunshine George Cross a 1-0 win over bitter rival Green Gully at Tom Flood Reserve in Bendigo on Sunday afternoon. The all important and sensational goal scored in the 63rd minute gave the Georgies a much boost after last week's defeat at Richmond. The Georgies deserved the win as they were the more adventurous team throughout the game against a flat looking Green Gully side. It had been an unsettled week for the Georgies with the suspension of Stuart Nicholson with O'Dell re-acting to last week's loss with changes in defence. In came David Calleja for his first match in a long time and Matthew Cini started after a long injury. They replaced Luke Grounds and Chris Konstas. Coach Andy O'Dell decided to start youngsters Andrew Nabbout and Evan Christodoulou after their top efforts when coming on off the bench the previous week. The Georgie bench also included under 21 youngsters Daniel Sweeney and Tyrone Demetriou. The red & whites were first to attack after a good run by Fidell Richards who set up Evan Christodoulou for the first shot on goal that forced Gully keeper Nikola Roganovic into a diving save. From a short corner by Douglas Cameron, Kyle Joryeff saw his long range shot go just over the cross-bar. Green Gully found it hard getting any rhythm going forward with their long range kicks being dealt with easily by Georgies centre backs Barry Devlin and David Calleja. Gully's first attempt on goal came after 32 minutes when Gary Wales sent in a cross from the left that Joshua Groenwald headed well over the bar. The Georgies response was quick with Andrew Nabbout getting the better of Mile Medjedovic forcing Roganovic into making another diving save. Green Gully's threats came from long throw-ins by Graham Hockless and well taken free kicks by Andy Vargas, that Georgie keeper Martin John dealt with easily. The Sunshine keeper was finally called into action after 37 minutes when a well flighted free kick by Andy Vargas deflected of David Calleja's head and looked goal bound. Martin John acrobatically tipped the ball over the cross-bar. Immediately after the break Green Gully's defence looked uneasy in dealing with a long defensive clearance by Sunshine that went narrowly past the upright for a corner kick. The Georgies sensed they could get the win from this game and increased their work rate. Fidell Richards and Evan Christodoulou were winning plenty of possession in midfeild and drove forward at every opportunity. A pass from Evan Christodoulou to Steven Beck, resulted in the tiny Georgie midfielder being fouled some 25 metres from goal. It looked like Andrew Nabbout was about to try his luck, but the youngster just played the ball one metre to his right and Joryeff with no run up, shot the ball into the roof of the net for one of the goals of the season. The Georgies were on top with Andrew Nabbout making a lot of room for himself and forcing Ragonovic into another diving save. At the other end Martin John made a good save from a long range Gary Wales shot. The Georgies could have made the game safe at the 84th minute mark when Kyle Joryeff waltzed past the Gully defence and cut the ball back to the on rushing Christodoulou. The Georgie youngster looked odds on to score from 3 metres but he over stepped the ball, much to the relief of Green Gully defenders. Gully raised their game over the closing stages and went all out in search of an equaliser. Despite seven minutes of injury time, Gully could not find a way past the Sunshine George Cross defence who managed to hold on to record a fine win.
Georgie coach Andy O'Dell after match comments: Fantastic win in the local derby, it's all about results. It was a tremendous effort from the boys after a tough week. We have been questioned over the week whether we are going to stay in the League. Tonight it proved to me that we got a powerful strong squad with lots of character and lots of hunger. I am absolutely delighted today.
Green Gully's coach Paul Harris after match comments: Very disappointed with the result from the club's prospective. I know what it means in this local derby against Sunshine George Cross, there's not much to add, it was a wonder strike that separated the two sides at the end of the day. The boy hit it from 30 yards top corner, you can't ask for more than that.
Under 21's: GREEN GULLY 2 SUNSHINE GEORGE CROSS 0
When the Georgies come up against the Gully there should be no need for any special motivation, or reason for winning. Infortunately for the U/21 the occasion proved to be their worst performance for the season. In terms of learning, there was very little to take away from the game but for the perseverance of a handful of players. Whilst there was actual chances to score and take at least a point from the game, the half timescore of 0-2 stood until the end, with Gully playing most of the second half with just 10 players. THe performance will likely force coach Joe Sweeney to make some fundamental changes to the squad's line-up. On a brighter note the current U/21 squad members lining up for the senior match demonstrates the efforts of coach Joe Sweeney and the confidence of the match committee in our youth.