Savoy ready for rivals
ARCH-rivals Myrtleford and Wangaratta will face off in what is likely to be a season defining clash like no other in round 20 of the AWFA season.
The Savoys lead the Red Devils by just one point on the league table and with just three games remaining in the season it’s essentially all on the line.
The match was perfectly setup after Wangaratta ended Boomers’ league title hopes with a 4-2 win and Myrtleford obliterated the fifth placed SAINTS WHITE: (left to right) Tegan Brown, Mia Richardson, Jaz Rossato, Matilda Knobel, Lily Cuskelly, Clancy Crisp, Brooke Parolin and Zoe Doodewaard will be hoping for a win in the Section 2 semi-final this weekend. tspiteri@ nemedia.com.au Albury United 5-0 in an ominous display.
Co-coach Matthew Park who has struggled with injury this year was in scintillating form with a first half hat-trick, while Tommy Youngs added a double after half time.
Youngs and Park combined for Myrtleford’s first goal in the 14th minute when the Englishman danced around three opposition players before feeding to Park who tucked the ball away into the bottom corner.
Park’s next goal was much simpler as he literally walked the ball into the back of the net after a horrible mistake from the United keeper as he attempted to catch a Patrick Sibomana shot.
Jesse Stephens then expertly crossed the ball into Park who made it 3-0 after 44 minutes.
Youngs had to wait 70 minutes to add to his golden boot lead but he eventually did so from the penalty spot.
Impressive youngster Daniel Kioses then put through a quality elevated ball to release Youngs who made no mistake one on one with the keeper to complete the handful.
Park, who was delighted by the 5-0 victory, said he was excited by the added element to this Sunday’s derby.
“It’s definitely up there with the cup final we played against them in 2015, it’s league defining,” he said.
“We have a lot to play for and for a number of reasons, a lot of that has stemmed from last time we played them and that’s both on and off the pitch.”
The fiery La Fiera Cup match is one of just three Savoy losses this year and infa- mously ended with a broken arm to Myrtleford’s star import Youngs and a smashed window in the away change rooms.
Park admitted he earmarked this fixture as the match he hoped to win the league in when the draw came out.
“It would be amazing to win it over there, even though it would not be certain yet the motivation’s obvious,” he said
“We don’t like them and they don’t like us.”