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Monash enjoys strong Premier League debut

Posted: 06-Apr-2011 by Maccabi NSW

By Jessica Goulburn

Northside Monash All Age took their first steps into Premier League football on Saturday, and put the league on notice that they are not just there to make up the numbers after their Firsts and Reserves teams both played out entertaining draws with Lindfield.

The Firsts got off to a very strong start in their game, racing out of the blocks with a high tempo, quick passing game that had the Lindfield defense wondering what had hit them.

The Sky Blues created several golden opportunities, particularly through the right-side combination of Dean Ginsberg and Dylan Tooch, however they were unable to put the ball into the back of the net.

As the first half wore on Monash continued to attack and had several contentious offside calls go against them, but going into half time it seemed like it was almost a matter of time until they went a goal up.

The second half was a much tighter affair, as Lindfield began to claw their way back and keep hold of more possession. Several crunching tackles came in from Monash, with sweeper Aaron Kangisser and midfield general Ryan Edelmuth not taking a backward step in any physical challenge.

As both teams tired the game lost some of its pace, but Monash were still able to play some of their signature short passing game.

Lindfield almost stole the game with ten minutes to go when an absolute thunderbolt of a free kick from 35 yards out slammed against the crossbar, but goalkeeper Alex Gutwirth, an off season recruit from Melbourne, scrambled to pick up the rebound.

Gutwirth and fellow newcomers Ryan Bloch, Cam Will and Rohan Werner-Hall all had strong hitouts in their debuts.

The game finished 0-0, and while Monash will certainly be happy to get a point away from home, the team know that they will need to be more ruthless in front of goal in order to compete at this level.

The Reserves also had a draw in their game, with several more new recruits sparkling in their first official hitout for the All Age team. Youngsters Gidon Kangisser, Jojo Felthun and Dean Zinn all held their own, along with experienced campaigner Gonzalo Servat.

David Leiboff scored the first ever goal for Monash All Age Premier League when his curling corner kick evaded the goalkeeper and went straight into the goal. Lindfield pulled a goal back after half time, but Monash’s fitness shone through as they finished the stronger side.

The future of Monash All Age is looking even brighter after the under 18’s got off to a flyer on the weekend, thrashing Mt Colah 4-1. Jason Feldman, Joshua Goldin, Joshua Gishen and Daniel Sacharowitz all got on the scoresheet, while captain Adam Rosenheim held the team together nicely and kept the boys composed enough to hold onto their lead going into half time and build on it in the second half.

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