Savoys survive brutal first half to win 1-0
MYRTLEFORD Savoys retained their position on top of the men’s division one ladder on Sunday, braving an onslaught from St Pat’s to come home 1-0 winners.
The game was fraught with rough tackles, fiery tempers and more than a few injuries and St Pat’s set the tone of the game from the beginning of the match.
“They (St Pat’s) were in for the battle, they went in very hard that first half and tried to rough us up a little bit and I think they did that,” Savoy coach Rob Caponecchia said.
“That game was a tale of two halves, to be honest with you.
“I thought the first half they came at us from the start and probably dominated us for most of that first half.
“About 15 minutes left in that first half I thought we started to assert ourselves a little bit, and then they were down to 10 men, one of their players got sent off just before half time.”
The Savoys pushed back hard in the second half, every player lifting to enable Connor Caponecchia to find the back of the net in the 57th minute.
Rob Caponeccia said he was pleased with the result, but thought his side could’ve scored more.
“It was a hard fought win, a really hard fought win,” he said.
“I was really proud of them but we really should’ve scored more goals in that second half when we dominated.”
The win wasn’t without casualties, with centre-back Brenton Cook coming off with a suspected hip injury and goalkeeper Jayden Vescio sitting the second half out with a calf concern; Caponecchia said having the next week off will help the boys rest before taking on Albury Hotspurs.
“The Hotspurs have always been a dangerous team for us, they always match up on us alright, especially on their home ground so that’ll be another tough battle for us,” he said.
In other divisions, the Savoy reserves had a 4-0 win courtesy of Lachlan Dale; the division two women’s side obliterated their competition 9-1, with hat-tricks coming from both Summer Caponecchia and Eleisha Baker, with Tuhina Morton, Sherry Brown and Stacey Brown each finding the back of the net as well.
Division 2 men: Savoys 4 def 0 St Pat’s. Goals, Savoys: Lachlan Dale (30, 40, 60, 70).
Division 2 women: Savoys 9 def 1 St Pat’s. Goals, Savoys: Summer Caponecchia (10, 20, 24), Eleisha Baker (19, 34, 70), Sherry Brown (36), Stacey Brown (45), Tuhina Morton (56). St. Pat’s: Jacqui Rosenzweig (20).
Under 17 boys: BYE
Under 17 girls: BYE
Under 15 boys: BYE
Under 14 girls: BYE
Under 12 boys: Savoys 0 def by 8 St Pat’s. Goals, St Pat’s: Edward Smith (3 goals), Yousif Al-Jawad (2 goals), Oday Elhage (1 goal), Maxim Zemlyanskiy (1 goal), Harry Goonan (1 goal).
Under 12 girls: Savoys 3 def 0 Wangaratta City. Goals, Savoys: Ilaria Esposito (2 goals), Olive Fullwood (1 goal).