Our Citizens faced off against Old Xavs Soccer Club this weekend in a bid to cement ourselves on top of the table for both the Seniors and Reserves.
The reserves fought out a hard 0-0 half time scoreline before OXSC broke the deadlock early in the second half. On a free kick outside our area, a ball came on target that goal keeper Harry Emmens was unable to clear with a kick save, giving the visitors a lifeline. Lee Hayward would go on to snake a point for the Citizens with about ten minutes left in the match.
Jake Buckley gave us the best of starts for the seniors as his speed abused their backline all afternoon and put us up 1-0 for what looked to be a smooth outing. A load of missed chances would result in the scoreline being an inacurate display of our fight on the field. OXSC would pull one back before half time as goalie AJ Oversby injured himself while taking a goal kick which would result in a lucky goal for the visiting side. He would be replaced at halftime for Emmens who showed himself well for the Senior side.
Mike Maddocks, unable to let Buckley get away from him in the goal scoring tally let his ball control do the talking in the second half. His hard work up front paid off as he netted the game winner. Coach Richie Bates would shore up the win by giving Marc Gavigan his senior debut as the defense held off a frenzied Xav attack as the final whistle sounded.
The goals from Buckley and Maddocks give them both 15 a piece on the season, fighting for the league Golden Boot. Way to go, lads!
The 3rds team walked on to Burnley Oval for their final home game for the season with a road trip against Frankston Pines to end the season next week. Once again, we played without a Referee, but thanks to Marco Taglioretti and the opposing coach, the game went ahead!
The first half was once again dominated by your Citizens with shots coming in from all of the starting eleven. The home side thought they had gone up with an easy tap in from Ross Evans who was judged to be in an offside position when the ball was played to him. Unfortunately the effort was not paying off and the halftime score was a bitter 0-0 against the visiting Mt. Lilydale side.
The second half started out with a brilliant goal from Lee Hayward who walked around right of the centre back before putting his shot into the far corner. Not content to walk around the defense, Hayward would score his second on the day by walking around their keeper with an easy tap in. Richard Bates would receive a pass outside the box that he smashed home for our third on the day before Hayward would once again turn his defender for a hat trick. The game became more fluid as passing became better and easier, Bates even managing a 20 yard long rabona at one stage. Drew Dickson managed a touch just under the onrushing goalie before Bates made it six and sealing three points at home.
The goals this week from Hayward mean he has scored 35 across all three Mens teams this season!