Savoys progress SOC­CER

Myrtleford Times - - SPORT -

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.

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