YOOGALI Soccer Club made light work of Yenda at EW Moore Oval on Saturday night but a spate of injuries hasn’t helped the side’s bid for the minor premiership.
YSC star Steve Crombie didn’t play, stopper Grant Davidson was forced off the park with a calf injury just 15 minutes into the clash and Ryan Spencer was in discomfort from the start due to an ongoing back injury but pushed through until his second goal.
By the time Luke Santolin hurt his hip in a tackle, YSC was out of substitutes and he had to fall back into goalkeeper instead of going off, giving Yenda the chance to slide two by him.
Unexpectedly it was regular goalkeeper Michael DePaoli who scored YSC’s fifth goal, proving he’s got the skills to run up the park at a pinch.
Fortunately for YSC it faces an out-of-form Eastern Wanderers in Wagga next week and the bye the week after, which should be a light enough load for the injury woes to subside before finals.
YSC coach Sante Donadel said the 4-nil scoreline in the second half was more reflective of the possession, as Yenda’s two late goals were fairly benign.
“If it were Michael (DePaoli) in goals I don’t think we would have let them have two goals, but at least it gives Luke Santolin a new respect for goalkeepers,” Donadel said. “They came out in the first 10 minutes going 100mp/h and put us under plenty of pressure, but once Mitch (Bagiante) scored the first two goals we took control for most of the game.
“Derek McKechnie and Joe Preece both came back after three weeks spent back home, and now they’re coming into good form which is good.”
The scoreboard read better for Yenda than last week’s 6-0 thumping by Hanwood FC, but the fifth-placed side is looking increasingly unlikely to knock Leeton out of the top four.