River claim win over Dalyellup
Football Margaret River recorded a 3-0 win over Dalyellup on Sunday, led by backpacker Nick Regan, playing his last game of the season.
Margaret River had the majority of possession in the early stages but it was new keeper Josh Curtis who was tested, collecting the first shot easily.
River then broke swiftly from the midfield, with Giovanni Grano letting fly from 25m only to see his shot rebound off the Dalyellup crossbar.
Left back Pat Becker made overlapping runs behind the Dalyellup defence but could not get the bounce of the ball in his favour.
Further work by River’s midfield allowed Sam Leigh to put in a sublime ball for winger Jayden Stammers.
He squared the ball for Grano, who made no mistake to open the scoring.
A weak back pass from defence had River’s keeper under pressure, failing to make good contact with his clearance. A penalty by the referee result- ed in an indirect free kick on the edge of River’s six-yard box.
River’s defence stood firm and smothered the Dalyellup kick, while man of the match Danny O’Grady took one for the team, with the ball smashing into his lower back and bouncing to safety.
River could not have asked for a better start to the second period.
Stammers got onto a through ball, beating his man, before sliding the ball beneath Dalyellup’s keeper to put River two goals up.
River were then awarded a penalty, with Regan placing the ball into the bottom-left corner for a 3-0 lead.
Football Margaret River men’s coach Gary Leigh said he was proud of the team’s efforts. “We nearly lifted the roof off the changing rooms with the club song,” he said.
Meanwhile, the masters had a tougher game in Dalyellup, winning 1-0 in the final moments.
Football Margaret River play Hay Park at home on Sunday from 3pm.