|Round 19 Match Report|
|Tuesday, 12 August 2008|
Goal Scorer: James Blackburn
Green Gully scored a last gasp 89 minute winner to secure all 3 points against Sunshine George Cross at the Knights Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The ninth successive defeat virtually condemns the Georgies to relegation, as with only 3 rounds remaining it is going to take a herculean effort get out of this predicament. The Cross looked set to end their horror run with the scores locked 1-1 close to the 90th minute mark, until a cross from the right wing by Andy Vargas bounced of Sunshine's Craig Sweeney and struck Timothy Gould in the knee with the ball finishing up in the back of the net. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the home team in a game that offered few goal scoring chances. The opening 15 minutes were very timid for a derby game with only James Blackburn's half chance lob from an acute angle being the closest either team came to scoring. The Georgies shocked their high flying opponent when James Blackburn got on the end of a Ben Cogger shot and rounded Nikola Roganovic to open the scoring. Sunshine had a lucky escape 2 minutes after going ahead when a Timothy Gould header struck the post and was cleared. Gully upped the pressure and it took a brave Barry Devlin header to deflect a hard goal bound shot from Steve Burton for a corner kick. Green Gully drew level after 23 minutes following a corner kick that saw hesitation by Sunshine’s defence allowing Brent Fisher to flash his header into the net. After 27 minutes Timothy Gould once again struck the cross bar with Martin John stranded on his goal line. Next it was Andy Vargas who got on the end of a Gary Wales cross only to see his header hit the side netting. Green Gully had control in midfield and broke well out of defence, whilst Sunshine struggled to get any rhythm into their play. The second half began with substitute Graham Hockless testing Martin John, while at the other end Douglas Cameron provided Fidell Richards with a good pass only to see his shot on goal rasp the cross-bar. The Georgies came more into the game and had as much of the play, but neither side looked potent in attack. Green Gully had 3 attempts from free kicks close to goal that caused Martin John's goal little or no problems. Martin John was called into action after 76 minutes when he deflected a close range goal bound shot by Steven Burton on to the upright. Sunshine George Cross needed the win to keep their season alive and pushed forward in numbers. At the 80th minute mark they were exposed by a quick a Gully counter attack saw four Gully players race in on goal against two Georgies. Joshua Groenwald lead the charge and had players to his right and his left, but went for glory and shot well over the cross-bar. Gully substitute Matthew Sanders made a dash into the penalty area and fell to the ground after clashing with Craig Sweeney. The referee had no hesitation waving play on dismissing Sander’s penalty claim. With the Georgies trying to hold onto at least a point their hopes were dashed with the last gasp goal by Timothy Gould to give his side the points. It was tough on Sunshine George Cross players who slumped to the ground after the final whistle knowing full well the consequences of this result. The win moved Gully into third place, while the Georgies have to remain focussed on getting as many points as possible from the remaining 9 points.
UNDER 21: SUNSHINE GEORGE CROSS 0 GREEN GULLY 4
The Georgies were no match for a powerful Green Gully side, who had the match wrapped up by half time. The Greens ran to a 3-0 lead in the first half, and though the Georgies made a match of it in the second half, there was never a suggestion of a come back.
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