Savoys progress SOCCER
MYRTLEFORD Savoy’s FFA Cup journey rolls into a third week after holding on for a thrilling victory over Dandenong South in round one of the national knock-out tournament last Saturday.
Following up their Victorian qualifying round win over Old Trinity Grammarians two weeks ago the Savoys needed extra time to secure a 5-4 win and will now face Northern City Wolves in a third straight home game.
After falling behind early in the first half Kheda Stevenson levelled scores just prior to the break before English visa player Jake Miles put the home side up on the hour mark with his first goal for the club but the game headed to overtime when Dandenong South netted with 10 minutes remaining.
The Savoys looked to have locked up their progress in the first overtime period when Stevenson fired home twice in three minutes and Sam Morgan added a third.
However two converted Dandenong South penalties pulled scores back to 5-4 before the home side held its nerve in the dying stages to advance.
Co-coach Matt Park said it was great to get the result after being tested late on.
“It was good to win when we could have thrown it away,” he said.
“We probably created better chances than them over the 90 minutes but didn’t put them away and they took their chances.
“We were destroying them in extra time and went 5-2 up and then we just must have thought it was all over and lost the plot for ten minutes there.
“They had chances to level it but didn’t take them luckily.”
Park said there were plenty of encouraging signs including four of their five goals coming from players no older than 18 and good performances from Miles in his first official start and from fellow countryman Will Dennis who had his first hit out after arriving on Thursday.
“With a young side it’s been pretty exciting to have played two really combative games and it’s good for the boys to learn to win games like that,” Park said.
“Another game at home this week is great and fingers crossed we get through, I’d say they will be about the same standard as Dandenong but that’s the good thing about this cup, you don’t know a thing about the sides you are playing until the first 10-15 minutes.
“It’s exciting just to play teams we have never played against before and it’s something new for the boys.”
The Savoys’ second round match will be played at Savoy Park this Saturday with kickoff likely to be at 1pm.
MOVING ON: Jessie Stephens avoids a slide tackle from a Dandenong South opponent and Myrtleford Savoy escaped with a 5-4 win to advance to the second round of the FFA Cup.