River claim win over Da­lyellup

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport -

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.

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