Keilor Park 1 Geelong 4
The Reserves showed what they are truly capable of against second placed Keilor. All players were set the target of giving at least 25% more effort than they did in last week’s disappointing game against La Trobe Uni and they responded magnificently.
Tight at the back, bubbly in midfield and clinical up front, it would have been hard to convince the onlooker that Keilor were 8 places higher than us on the ladder. Halfway through the first half Nick Bosevski showed his experience spotting Michael Temelkovski with a perfect through ball. The young striker confidently headed the ball over the advancing keeper into an empty net. 10 minutes later a Peter Stojanovski free kick was met by Michael Temelkovski, again looping the ball over the keeper and into the net. 2-0 at half time to the good guys!
Keilor came out strongly in the second half but Geelong held out manfully, with Daniel Psimaris in defence having his best game for the year. Keilor did pull one back and at 2-1 it looked worrying for Geelong. However, as the Seniors were doing their warm up, they witnessed a curling low shot from Aco Stanisisc sneak in past the keepr’s left hand post. A fine run and left foot shot from Alberto Lopez completed the scoring.
This was a fantastic way to restore some self-belief into our Reserves. Well done lads!
Geelong 1 Maribyrnong Greens 1
On the balance of play, this was two probably 2 points lost rather than one point gained. The first half started brightly with the defence marshalled well by Steve Gaitanis and Daniel Psimaris. Player/coach Peter Stojanovski kept things ticking over in mid-field and good chances were being created. Alex Iloiski and Nick Boseveski had excellent headed opportunities to open the scoring and Michael Temelkovski saw a powerful shot thunder off the crossbar with the keeper beaten. Somehow, the score was 0-0 at half time.
Coach Stojanovski warned his players that games like this are often lost if chances don’t get converted to goals.
The second half was much the same as the first. Geelong eventually got one into the net from a set piece. A tantalising free kick was met with a curling header from substitute Paul Edebohls. Scoring goals is nothing new for Paul and hopefully he can now string together a good run of form.
It was a set piece that produced Maribyrniong’s equaliser after a goalmouth scramble following a free kick.