Savoys on track for dou­ble

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

MYRTLE­FORD has over­come a lack­lus­tre start to book a place in this Sun­day’s AWFA cup fi­nal where they will meet the only team they are yet to de­feat this sea­son, Boomers.

The Savoys re­quired a Tommy Youngs golden goal in ex­tra time to qual­ify for their fourth con­sec­u­tive cup fi­nal as scores fin­ished 1-1 af­ter reg­u­lar time with Mel­rose at Jel­bart Park.

The game was ex­pertly con­trolled early by Mel­rose as they kept the favourites quiet apart from long range ef­forts from star at­tack­ers Matthew Park and Tom Youngs.

Mel­rose, mainly through de­fend­ers Josh O’Brien and Todd Mee­han con­trolled the tempo of the game and cre­ated the first ma­jor chance when star for­ward Trent Rixon hit the in­side of both goal posts af­ter 15 min­utes.

Lach­lan Arkin­stall then put the Pur­ple Haze on the board 10 min­utes later against the run of play as the Savoys went to half time life­less.

A spark was needed early in the sec­ond stanza and former AWFA star player Nathan Mirt was in­tro­duced for young­ster Daniel Kioses.

Mirt de­liv­ered in spades with the vet­eran fan­tas­tic in pro­vid­ing the cre­ativ­ity Myrtle­ford had been lack­ing.

His left foot shot trou­bled goal­keeper Josh Fluss enough to see the ball trickle to­wards the goal line which re­sulted in the equaliser as Pa­trick Si­bo­mana ar­rived for the eas­i­est of tap-ins.

Si­bo­mana in cel­e­bra­tions launched him­self to­wards the Savoys’ mar­quee and from there the cham­pi­ons were ig­nited.

Jake Miles won a chal­lenge in­side their half and used Mirt who got the ball to Matthew Park but his shot was saved.

Fluss kept Mel­rose in the game as he pulled off an­other save from Youngs mo­ments later but his luck seemed out as Park seem­ingly put the Savoys ahead, only to per­haps du­bi­ously be ruled off-side.

Mel­rose’s star man Rixon was subbed off with a hip in­jury, but the Pur­ple Haze af­ter 75 min­utes lifted.

In a short five minute burst the un­der­dogs took it right up to the Savoys as Jay­den Vesico was re­quired to make a save and cen­tre back Bren­ton Cook be­came busy.

Cook, the Savoy cap­tain, turned in a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance with his de­fen­sive work bril­liant.

It was on the counter how­ever that the skip­per al­most set up a win­ning goal as his aerial through ball that trav­elled al­most half the pitch landed per­fectly for Youngs, but his 83rd minute shot could not beat Fluss.

Right on full­time Park crossed a ball that was dev­as­tat­ingly close to be­ing tapped in by Mirt as Myrtle­ford en­tered the ex­tra pe­riod press­ing.

Mirt was again in­volved in ex­tra time as he flicked through Youngs, who with great com­po­sure, turned Fluss in­side out and beat him at the near-post to send the Savoys through

Co-coach Jay­den Vescio, said he felt the sea­son’s best two teams were meet­ing in the fi­nal.

“Boomers have beaten us twice and we are ob­vi­ously the league cham­pi­ons so I think it’s set up per­fectly,” he said.

“They have a re­ally good mix of play­ers with some qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ence like (An­drew) Grove, Pete (No­ordewier) and (Dustin) Pat­ten and some good younger play­ers.

“Hope­fully it works against their younger play­ers, when things go against you, you need those older guys to take it by the scruff and get you over the line.”

Vescio said he was happy for neu­tral AWFA fans to take the feel good story of the Boomers.

“It suits us ab­so­lutely per­fect, when you have sus­tained suc­cess and ev­ery­one else misses out they can de­cide to go against you,” he said.

“In­side our own four walls at the footy club we love that and we want this suc­cess to keep go­ing and go­ing, but we have a big chal­lenge this week…we haven’t beaten them (this year).”

Sun­day’s kick-off is set for 3pm at Jel­bart Park.

PHOTO: Tate Spi­teri

ONE MORE: Jake Miles again stood tall in Myrtle­ford’s de­fence as the Savoys booked their place in a fourth straight cup fi­nal.

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