Strathdale slips in race for division two title

EAGLEHAWK sat out Sunday’s Bendigo Amateur Soccer League action because of a bye, but the Borough almost certainly ended the round with another title to its name.

Strathdale’s 1-0 loss to Spring Gully in the division two men’s competition means Eaglehawk can sew up the championship with a win in its remaining two matches.

The Hawks play Colts United and Epsom in the final rounds, while Strathdale has a bye this Sunday, before taking on Swan Hill.

Blues coach and division two player Stuart Gough conceded the race was over.

“Eaglehawk won’t lose their next two matches – in fact they’ll win them quite comfortably,” Gough said yesterday.

“We’ve had a good season but Eaglehawk have just got too much quality.”

Jordan Hamilton was the hero for Spring Gully, kicking the goal to deny Strathdale any hope of victory.

DIVISION ONE MEN

FRENCHMAN Thibaut Monnier played a starring role as Spring Gully’s division one side defeated Strathdale 3-0 at Stanley Avenue.

The pint-sized midfielder set up a number of attacks for the Reds in what was his best game for the club since debuting in round 11 against Eaglehawk.

Strathdale dominated the game early, but was unable to capitalise on the scoreboard, with Spring Gully goalkeeper Wes O’Shaughnessy making several clutch saves under pressure.

At the other end of the pitch, the Reds took their chances and found themselves leading 2-0 at half-time after goals to George Code and Dennis Barnett.

The momentum swing was enough to take the heat out of the game in the second half and the result was eventually sealed when Spring Gully skipper Josh Naunton found the back of the net.

Epsom maintained second position on the ladder with a 2-1 win against Golden City.

Elon Robbins and Josh Dwyer scored the goals for the Scorpions, while the Rams got on the board on the back of an Epsom error.

Colts United proved too good for Moama, beating the Border Raiders 4-0 in Moama.

Zac Kinsman scored a brace for Colts, while Dylan Callaway and Gary Pratt also found a way past the Moama defence.

In the other division one men’s match, Castlemaine and Swan Hill drew 1-1 at Chewton.

Swan Hill was first on the board through a second-half Joseph Pino goal, before Najib Hashimi scored in the 89th minute to level the scores.

WOMEN'S DIVISION

AFTER a scoreless first half, the Strathdale women’s team scored four goals against the wind to beat Spring Gully 4-2 in a scrappy clash.

The home side went on the defensive early as Strathdale kicked with the wind and it was a tactic that looked to pay off as scores were level at the half-time break.

In fact, it looked like a master piece of coaching when Spring Gully’s Jess Smith gave the Reds the lead early in the second half.

But that goal just fired the Strathdale side into action.

The Blues responded almost immediately, with goals to sisters Jacinta and Bianca Dikkenberg giving the visitors a 3-1 lead.

Spring Gully’s defenders toiled hard to keep their side in the contest, but the Reds lacked options up forward to keep the Strathdale side accountable.

Late goals from Strathdale’s Erica Day and Spring Gully’s Jade De Marchi made it a six-goal half, but had little impact on the result.

Back-to-back champions Moama continued on its winning way with a 4-2 triumph against Colts United.

Ellie Denson scored two goals for the Border Raiders, while the in-form Danica Kiely and Rowie Ilsley were the others to break the Colts defence.

Sara Wilkie and Liz Watkins were the scorers for Colts in a match that was level at 1-1 at half-time.

Golden City’s women enjoyed a rare feat, celebrating consecutive wins for the first time 2009.

The Rams defeated Epsom 5-2 in an entertaining clash.

Joy Parker scored a hat-trick for City, with support coming from Tania Rusbridge and Jennifer Suziki.

For Epsom, Paige Gordon and Melissa Ludeman were the scorers.

At Chewton, neither Castlemaine or Swan Hill could find the back of the net, with the match ending in a 0-0 draw, the first scoreless result in the women’s competition this year.

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