River runs rampant 6-0
Margaret River travelled to Australind for a midweek league game under lights last Wednesday, winning the game 6-0.
River had not faced Australind in the league this season — they were set to clash in July, but Australind were forced to forfeit.
Australind fielded a strong lineup with several premier league players and took the game to Margaret River in the opening stages of the game.
Josiah Allington had to be on his toes as the Australind forwards were continually standing behind the defensive line looking to push the defence deeper.
However, defenders Alex Bayley and Solar Takahashi-Curti were aware of this and played the offside trap perfectly.
Gordon Becker then received a through ball from player-of-thematch Sam Leigh, which he put away in the bottom corner.
Donny Longmore also got on the scorers’ list, quickly making it 2-0.
Australind should have pulled a goal back when a square pass in midfield was intercepted with only keeper Gregor Small to beat, but he pulled off a magnificent one hand-
ed save to keep Australind scoreless.
Longmore once again punished Australind for this miss and got his brace with only minutes left in the half.
Australind’s centre midfielder — who also plays premier league — took a heavy fall, breaking a shoulder.
This had serious repercussions for Australind, not only losing their main midfielder but also any chance of dominating the centre of the pitch.
Juan Jardel and Tom Collins controlled the midfield for Margaret River and Becker scored again to give the River a 4-0 lead.
This took any remaining sting out of Australind.
Ben Cawley was a constant thorn in the side for the Australind right back, as he created chance after chance down the left side.
Danny O’Grady, who played the No.10 role, scored from close range in behind the forwards and Collins also scored from the edge of Australind’s penalty area to give Margaret River a 6-0 advantage.
River went on to miss several more good chances that could have made the scoreline embarrassing for Australind.
But Australind showed some courageous goalkeeping to keep that from happening.
The result keeps Margaret River in the chase for the league title.
However, a late win from laddertopping Blackwood against thirdplaced Bunbury Dynamos, with only a couple of weeks left in the season, leaves River with less chance of closing that three-point gap.