YOOGALI Soccer Club has “turned a corner” after securing a comfortable 2-1 victory in its cross-town clash with Yoogali Football Club at Noe Santolin Oval on Sunday afternoon.
YSC’s first grade side has been struggling to fill the pitch with fresh legs all season but coach Paul D’Arcy said the boys stepped up on Sunday to grab the much-needed win.
“Hopefully this means we are turning a corner in the season,” he said.
“This was the first time we have had 11 fresh players to play a first grade game.
“Players like Jayden Torino and Vinnie Vasta have been stepping up from reserve grade all year and they did so again on Sunday – the boys done well.”
Taking advantage of its fresh legs, YSC took control of the game early and pressed hard into YFC’s half.
But YFC soon began to fight back and the game evened out until Hudson Fanini opened the visitor’s account and took his team to a 1-0 lead going into half-time.
“We played well in spells,” D’Arcy said.
“We dominated in the first 25 minutes and then YFC started to come back, but once we scored we got back on top and we were creative.”
From the second-half whistle, YFC fought hard to grab the equaliser but after it had a man sent off, YSC took advantage and D’Arcy grabbed the team’s second goal.
A penalty goal to YFC at the 75-minute mark wasn’t enough to get the men in yellow back in the game and they went down to YSC 2-1.
D’Arcy said the entire team lifted to secure the win and was confident the squad could keep the momentum going to grab another victory next weekend against Hanwood Juniors.
“It was a comfortable win and we could have had a couple more goals,” D’Arcy said.
“Matt Moon was Mr Reliable again in the backs and Dave Laird and Scott Damini were good too.
“It’s been tough having 18 guys playing across two grades but we’re slowly getting there and we’re
hopefully going to get a few more wins now and be able to challenge the others towards the end of the season.”