The 3rds side traveled out to Springvale to take on Noble Park SC in an afternoon clash.
In what can best be described as a tale of four quarters rather than two halves, it was a rollercoaster of a game. The opening part of the first half looked stronger for the home side as they tried to expose our backline with probing balls. Once we settled in to our own the second part began to show our strength. Marco Taglioretti was unlucky to have a goal disallowed. Having been played through, he found himself with an easily beaten keeper only to find the referee had judged him as been in an offsides position when the ball was played through. Craig Fuller was on linesman duty for us and thought he close enough to not raise the flag. Sadly that would be the end of Marco’s time on the pitch as he would come off with a pulled hamstring. CCFC were unlucky to see a goal scored against the run of play as a Noble Park striker sent in a low shot that was just out of the reach of keeper Justin Sutcliff.
The midfield dominance of Marc Perez-Yates and Rodney Wilson took control from that point on as Jesse Cartright and Andrew Tzimas stretched the defence wider to allow for more crosses into the box. Noble Park needed to thank their goalie for making at least a dozen saves in that first half as the Citizens were unfortunate to not be up by several goals. Mackenzie was denied twice, as was Wilson. Cartright cut inside only to see his effort pushed wide. Drew Dickson found himself on the end of a bobbled ball but tried to take it on the first touch and missed wide. CCFC went off at the half time whistle dismayed at a scoreline that did not reflect the effort on the grounds.
Tzimas came off at the half for a spell and Craig Fuller was injected into the middle of the park to try and gain more traction and passing as CCFC began to press for a goal that was no doubt deserved. The frenzy of attack led to several corner kicks which left Ryan Worsford smashing a header off the top cross bar in one instance and Fuller sending a shot off one of their players and out for another corner. CCFC found themselves trailing two goals after a corner kick was not cleared properly, leaving Sutcliffe unable to see the defender’s volley into the net.
Perez came close twice from dangerous free kicks that were just on the outside of the post before an indirect kick was given to us outside the box. With Wilson standing just off the ball, Perez nudged it into his path in what looked to be just out of his reach. Wilson was up to it and drove the shot low into the side netting with the Noble Park keeper finally beaten. It was a mad scramble in the dying minutes but with Noble Park having parked the bus at half time, the Citizens walked away having been the better team in every way except the scoreline.