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Saints are an outside shot SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully BALNARRING is a real chance to seal a place in the MPCA Sub District finals after knocking over Tyabb on Saturday. The Saints are currently in sixth place on the ladder, equal on 54 points with fifth-placed Tyabb and just a game behind Tootgarook (66 points), which holds fourth place. Hastings is sitting pretty at the top of the table on 110 points and will host a home final, regardless of the result of its final game. Ballam Park (84 points), despite be-

ing smashed by Hastings on Saturday, will definitely hold its place in the top four, while Frankston YCW is currently in third place with 78 points. It’s all going to come down to the final match of the season, a one-dayer this Saturday to determine the makeup of the four. Tootgarook will host Hastings and must win to book its place. If the Frogs win, they make the finals and Tyabb and Balnarring can’t possibly make it. However, should Tootgarook lose, the Saints and Yabbies are still alive. Balnarring host Carrum Downs while Tyabb has a much tougher assignment against Frankston YCW. The Yabbies

have a much better percentage than both Balnarring and Tootgarook. Whilst the season has been very unpredictable this season, logic says Hastings beats Tootgarook and YCW beats Tyabb, leaving Balnarring to beat the Cougars and come from nowhere to grab fourth place. Balnarring pulled off a sensational victory against Tyabb, which has kept them right in it. Chasing 148 for victory, the Yabbies were cruising as we entered day two, resuming at 2/59. However, Geoff Bradshaw had a purple patch for the Saints, snared 4/35 from 15 overs and together with

Brenton Taylor (2/15 from 10.2 overs), rolled the Yabbies for 137. YCW made hard work of getting the 133 needed for victory against Carrum, eventually getting there with not a wicket in hand. Batting at 11, Sam Fulton came to the crease with the score at 9/114 after watching his side lose 4/1 and go from 5/113 to 9/114. Matthew Black (29no) was at the other end. Fulton hit two fours and a six in his 18 to help his side not only win the game but win comfortably by 31 runs. Luke Hewitt snared 4/21 off 15.2 overs to go with his 99 with the bat and Isuru Dias claimed 4/24 off nine overs

to help Hastings smash second-placed Ballam Park. Defending a massive 9/318, Hastings zipped through the Knights, which made just 118. Stuart Plunkett top scored for the Knights with 27 and David Cross got 24. The next best was 11 and there lays the issue with Ballam Park. If Plunkett and Cross don’t make runs, then the team is vulnerable. Tootgarook successfully defended its 7/326 against Carrum Downs, bowling them out for 179. AJ King was at his best for the Frogs with 4/33 from 20 overs, while Cougars skipper Ryan Lynch top scored with 56.

Collier saves Skye, Heart in seventh heaven SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie A MARCUS Collier hat-trick rescued Skye United and powered its 5-3 come-from-behind FFA Cup win on Saturday against Elwood City. The match was held at Doveton’s Waratah Reserve and Skye was forced into extra time to settle the issue against its lower league opponent. Daniel Attard ran onto a through ball and slotted it past advancing Elwood keeper Roddy Beccara in the 22nd minute but by half-time Elwood had come roaring back to lead 2-1. A Sammy Hehir free kick had levelled the scores after 37 minutes and a John Andrinopoulos own goal just before the break saw Skye trudge off the pitch ruing its profligacy up front. A minute into the second half Scott Vile’s cross from the left was greeted with a superb low diving header from Anthony Moran at the near post to make it 3-1 and Skye had a mountain to climb. Endeavour United recruit Jason Nowakowksi gave Skye some hope by converting a 73rd minute penalty and a stunning Collier volley in the final minute of normal time gave Billy Armour’s men a lifeline. By now Sandown Lions recruit Wumjuck John Jang was trying to outdo the Energizer Bunny and Elwood’s flagging defence couldn’t contain the livewire attacking midfielder. Two minutes into the second half of extra time Collier struck a low long-range shot that eluded Beccara and went inside the far post and in the final minute of the extended period big Khor Gatluak nutmegged Vile then cut the ball back to Collier who skinned an opponent then cheekily stroked the ball past Beccara to make it 5-3. State 4 South outfit Baxter bowed out of the FFA Cup with a 3-1 home loss to State 3 North-West opponent Fawkner on Saturday. Baxter’s goal came when big Mark Pags broke through and lobbed the Fawkner keeper in the 40th minute after having a goal controversially disallowed earlier in the half. Fawkner’s goals came from Ray Rusca (24th minute), Josh D’Alessi (28th) and Saso Grozdanoski (68th). Rosebud Heart travelled to Ballarat on Sunday and thumped local side Victoria Park 7-0 in their FFA Cup clash. Perennial goal machine Dave Greening scored five with singles to Simon O’Donnell and Cory Osorio.


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Hat-trick hero: Skye United star Marcus Collier. Picture: Gemma Sliz.

The pick of Greening’s haul was a superb team goal started by keeper Sean Skelly who rolled the ball wide and a neat one-two released Callum Richardson whose cross was converted by Greening with a diving header. Somerville Eagles is out of the FFA Cup after losing 2-1 to Latrobe Valley side Falcons 2000 at Monterey Reserve on Sunday. The Gippsland visitor had already knocked out North Ballarat and Rowville in qualifying for the first round proper and created the better chances in the first half but could not break the deadlock.

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Falcons’ best chance came in the 38th minute after a defensive blunder by Somerville substitute Chris Hales who had replaced the injured Dalton Thomas-Staines in the 30th minute. Hales was robbed by Falcons’ overlapping left back Kevin Carcellar who cut the ball back to Jamie Pistrin to roll into the path of Nick D’Alessandro who blasted his shot over the bar from close range. The stand-off was broken three minutes into the second half when D’Alessandro was sent through and neatly slotted the ball past advancing Eagles’ custodian Toby Lawson.

D’Alessandro again broke clear a few minutes later only to lob the stranded Lawson and the crossbar. A fine solo run past three opponents by Falcons’ Jesse Kennedy enabled him to lay the ball off to Tom D’Alia in the 60th minute but his low strike from the edge of the area was wide of the far post. Then came a frenzied minute in which two goals were scored. In the 71st minute Jarryd Lymer who had gone forward for a set piece met the ball with blistering force sending a sizzling volley past Falcons’ keeper Adam Brooker. Eagles’ fans were still celebrat-

ing when Conor Clarke restored Falcons’ lead when he broke into a one on one with Lawson and neatly stroked the ball past the helpless keeper. Clarke is the son of Irish defender and former Morwell Falcons star Gerry Clarke and his well finished goal was the sealer. The draw for the second round of the FFA Cup takes place at FFV’s St Kilda Road headquarters today (Monday). This draw will include Peninsula Strikers, Seaford United and Frankston Pines. Mornington, Langwarrin and Casey Comets enter the cup draw at round three stage with NPL clubs joining the competition during round four. Meanwhile Frankston Pines vicepresident Daniel Plaiche last week announced that four more Mauritian imports are heading to Monterey Reserve. Fabrice Pithia is an attacking midfielder, Dwayne Diamond-Heerah is a striker, Adrien Botlar is a striker and Damien Balisson is a left back or defensive midfielder. Pithia and Diamond-Heerah are expected to join Pines in March in time for the opening of the league season. Botlar and Balisson are 20-yearolds currently plying their trade in the Mauritian Professional Football League which ends in June. Both have represented the senior national team and are expected here in July. Pines are in talks with midfielder Francois Armansin from Casey Comets, wide midfielder Sajnesh Sugrin from Morwell Pegasus and Alfonso Cardinale, ex-Keilor Park, who was goalkeeping coach at Casey Comets last year. Langwarrin mauled visitor Whittlesea United in Sunday’s friendly at Lawton Park running up a 9-0 scoreline with English import Alex Metcalfe scoring four goals. Casey Comets play Doveton in a friendly at Comets Stadium this Wednesday 1 March at 7.30pm, Baxter has a friendly at home against Ashburton next Saturday at 3pm, Mornington is at home next Saturday against Westgate at 5pm while Langwarrin is at Phillip Island for a pre-season camp next weekend. Preseason friendly results: Peninsula Strikers 0 Mornington 4, Casey Comets 3 Mazenod 0, Mornington 1 Banyule Utd 2, Frankston Pines 2 Lyndale Utd 2, Seaford Utd 1 Southern Stars 1, Langwarrin 9 Whittlesea Utd 0.

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