River runs ram­pant 6-0

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport -

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.

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