Rag­ing River run Man­jimup side ragged

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport -

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.

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