Raging River run Manjimup side ragged
Football Margaret River took on fourth-placed Manjimup in a league game last Sunday, displaying skill and teamwork to triumph 7-0.
River took the game to Manjimup from the first whistle and barely let up the pressure the whole half, with Josiah Allingtongame taking control of the Margs defence like a seasoned veteran.
River are just about back to full strength, with the return to midfield of Danny O’Grady and Juan Jardel making an immediate impact on the game.
Both players won tackle after tackle, allowing River to take control. Gordon Becker opened the scoring and went on to get his hat-trick from the right wing position.
Although the scoreline was only 3-0 at half-time, it could have been more if not for the heroics of the Manjimup keeper saving at close range to keep Manjimup in the game.
River’s pressure did not let up in the second half, with Donny Longmore grabbing a brace.
Longmore was unlucky not to get his hat-trick also after seeing his effort come back off the upright.
The second half became a crossbar challenge, with at least three shots rebounding into play, with one memorable shot from Jardel from well outside the penalty area.
The defence rarely came under pressure, with the only notable effort being a long-distance shot keeper Gregor Small dealt with eaily, touching over the bar for a corner.
The player of the match was left-back Alex Bayley who played a commanding role, barely putting a foot wrong during the whole game.
The result leaves Margaret River three points behind Blackwood on the ladder.
The River play away at Hay Park on Sunday, August 27, which will be the precursor for the upcoming South West Cup final.