His­toric three-peat for Savoys

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

BY TATE SPI­TERI

GREAT lead­ers thrive on big oc­ca­sions and on Sun­day with an­other AWFA Cup on the line it was Myrtle­ford’s co-coaches Jay­den Vescio and Matthew Park that lifted the Savoys to a 3-1 vic­tory.

Park scored a brace with goals both sides of half­time while Vescio was at his ab­so­lute best be­tween the sticks as Boomers threw every­thing at the now back-to-back-to-back cup cham­pi­ons.

Vescio was awarded the Man of the Match medal from the ref­er­ees while cen­tre-back Raul Pahina, mid­fielder Jesse Stephens and young gun Vin­nie Paglia were all out­stand­ing.

Pahina looked a Rolls Royce in the heart of de­fence pa­trolling the game from the back and set­ting up at­tacks with his pin-point pass­ing.

Stephens, who has now won an as­tound­ing five cups, three with Myrtle­ford and two at Wodonga Di­a­monds was also ter­rific work­ing tire­lessly through the cen­tre of the park and back into de­fence.

Paglia, 19, now a three- time cup cham­pion also had claims for man of the match honours, do­ing yet an­other big stage blan­ket­ing role, this time on star Boomers for­ward Pi­eter No­ordeweir.

No­ordeweir’s big­gest in­volve­ment in the match was when he re­ceived a yel­low card af­ter a fra­cas with boom Myrtle­ford im­port Tommy Youngs.

Youngs again played a huge role in the vic­tory, pro­vid­ing two as­sists, one be­fore and one af­ter net­ting Myrtle­ford’s sec­ond goal.

The for­mer Bolton Wan­derer along with fel­low past pro­fes­sional Park were di­rectly in­volved in all three Savoy goals as their class proved telling.

The pair were clin­i­cal in the fi­nal third and it was Youngs’ deft touch that set up Park for the opener 24 min­utes in.

The co-coach still needed to get around one de­fender, but he did it well and his shot had too much power for Boomers goal­keeper Jaxon Os­moth­erly.

Park re­turned the favour with a sim­i­lar pass to slip Youngs through 10 min­utes later to made it 2-0.

Myrtle­ford were trou­bled most around the hour mark when An­drew Grove scored a free-kick to draw a goal back.

The ex­u­ber­ant un­der­dogs rode the wave of mo­men­tum to press for­ward for an equaliser but af­ter 64 min­utes it was again Youngs as­sist­ing Park against the run of play.

Vescio, who then made a num­ber of fan­tas­tic saves in goal in the fi­nal 20 min­utes to keep Myrtle­ford’s buf­fer, said Boomers made them play right to the end of the 90 min­utes.

“They just kept com­ing,” he said.

“Our boys re­ally had to work hard to keep them out and I’m just so happy with the way ev­ery­one con­trib­uted.

“When you de­mand suc­cess and have a win­ning en­vi­ron­ment, it’s just a plea­sure to coach.”

Vescio also made men­tion of Myrtle­ford’s loyal sup­port­ers post-match.

“I can’t thank those guys enough, they are do­ing stuff for us every day and af­ter the heartache of early days I hope we are catch­ing up for them now.”

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