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Weekend thrillers on the North

Posted: 24-May-2011 by Maccabi NSW

Northside Monash played out a couple of Saturday afternoon thrillers last week, with the Firsts and Reserves involved in two enthralling contests with Dalleys that were of the highest quality.

The Firsts started their game with the clear game plan of disrupting the Dalleys defence by using the pace of strike duo Adam Folb and Dean Ginsberg, who were both returning to the field after long stints on the sidelines through injury.

Ryan Bloch marshalled the midfield strongly while Dylan Tooch weaved his magic on several occasions in the first half. A Ginsberg free kick curled just wide of the post after twenty minutes, while at the other end Dalleys had a few half-chances go well wide of the goals.

The deadlock was eventually broken after half an hour in a fairly uncharacteristic manner, with Monash reverting to route-one football as goalkeeper Alex Gutwirth sent a booming kick over the heads of the Dalleys defence. Ginsberg eventually got to the ball first and snuck the ball inside the post to make it 1-0 and send the home fans into raptures. Gutwirth then made a fantastic reaction save just before half time to maintain the Sky Blues' lead heading into the break.

Monash came flying out of the blocks in the second half, continuing to press the Dalleys defenders while remaining watertight at the back. Monash's pressure eventually paid off when a fantastic corner kick from Brad Robertson was headed into the back of the net by the powerful Bloch to make it 2-0.

As Dalleys pressed for a goal of their own the game became heated, with captain Josh Frank, Bloch and Gutwirth all receiving yellow cards and several strong challenges coming in from both sides.

Monash hung on by the skin of their teeth for the last fifteen minutes, with corners and free kicks coming into the box regularly. Centre-backs Daniel Karney and Liron Rutovitz combined well with Gutwirth to repel all of these attacks, and the Sky Blues eventually held on for a gritty 2-0 victory over a strong Dalleys side.

The Reserves got off to the strongest possible start when young midfielder Evan Zinn continued his amazing goalscoring form to put Monash 1-0 up inside five minutes. The joy was short-lived, however, as Dalleys pulled one back five minutes later in an enthralling opening to the game.

Makeshift centre forward Rohan Werner-Hall then took advantage of a glorious through ball from David Leiboff to slot home past the keeper and make it 2-1. Monash played some of the best football seen all season in the ensuing twenty minute period, knocking the ball around with Barcelona-like ease, with Zinn and fellow centre-midfielder Ben Peretz pulling the strings while Werner-Hall, Adam Bortz and Gonzalo Servat wreaked havoc up front. After forty minutes Werner-Hall latched onto another through-ball and this time rounded the goalkeeper before passing into the back of the net to make it 3-1 heading into half time.

The Dalleys coach must have given a half-time spray that Alex Ferguson would have been proud of, because they came out like a different team in the second half. Within twenty minutes they had brought the score back to 3-3, and then with about fifteen minutes to go Monash were dealt a cruel blow as Dallys went up 4-3 off a corner. It was end-to-end football in the closing stages as both teams tired and went in search of more goals. Eventually Dalleys held on for an entertaining 4-3 victory.

Monash face their rivals from last year's Division Two competition, Lane Cove, next Saturday at Pottery Green. Reserves kick off 1pm, Firsts 3pm.

- By Anthony Pinshaw

Carnival 2020


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