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Whitletts Vics : Match Report


Monday, 07 January 2019


WHITLETTS VICTORIA 5 - KELLO ROVERS 3

Vics kicked off 2019 with three points in a thrilling encounter with Kello Rovers at Dam Park. A thrilling encounter for the neutral with plenty of goals but certainly a game where defences weren’t on top which will be a concern for the coaching staff in both camps.

Eight goals but in all honesty there should have been even more with both sides missing a number of opportunities in front of goal. The condition of the Dam Park pitch contributing to many of those missed chances.

With only five minutes on the clock, Kello should have taken the lead. Ally Smith capitalised on poor pass back from Raymond Buchanan and although Marty Fraser saved his first attempt, the Kello player took the ball round the Vics keeper but with an empty goal at his mercy he somehow managed to fire against the post and the danger was cleared.

Then it was Vics turn to squander a chance. Adam Forsyth looked set to score as he went to sweep home a low cross but an awkward bobble saw him mishit the ball and Jordan Boyd blazed the ball over the bar from six yards.

The Vics hitman then pounced on a Steve Hyslop error but was forced wide as he attempted to take the ball round Ryan Dunsmuir in the Kello goal. Kello too had their chances with Greg Miller unfortunate not to connect with the ball as he flung himself at a Lori Johnson cross.

Midway through the half the pitch denied Forsyth again when the ball bobbled over the strikers foot inside the six yard box from a Thomas Donovan cross after Callum Ogston’s strike had been well saved by Dunsmuir.

Dunsmuir came to his sides rescue again, denying Donovan after the Vics striker had jinked his way past three challenges at the edge of the box but in the 31st minute it was Kello who took the lead. As Smith broke to the byeline he was brought down by Paul Millar. No doubt about the award and Ross Costello made no mistake from the spot.

But inside two minutes, Vics were level. An exquisite ball from Sean Ewart picked out Donovan and the little strikers deft volley over the keeper gave Dunsmuir no chance.

Within seconds it was almost two when Dunsmuir mishit the ball clearing a pass back and Donovan’s shot came back off the post. Forsyth then fired over after a Boyd goalbound header from a corner was blocked but although Whitletts were looking the more likelier, Kello were posing a threat going forward and in the 41st minute they retook the lead. Smith outpaced Buchanan down the left and his low cross across the face of goal was turned into his own net by Isaac Kerr.

But yet again the visitors couldn’t hold onto their lead and in the 44th minute Vics were back on level terms. From Louis Kerr’s corner kick, the smallest player on the park, Thomas Donovan rose above everyone at the front post to head home the equaliser.

Whitletts started the second half strongly with a Buchanan header deflected wide and then only a Sean Bennie clearance preventing Forsyth from capitalising on a Donovan cross but on the hour mark the home side took the lead for the first time in the game. After a break down the left, Forsyth released Donovan who raced clear to roll the ball past the advancing keeper to complete his hat trick.

In the 68th minute Vics scored a fourth. This time Forsyth getting his name on the scoresheet as he lofted a Paul Millar pass over the advancing Dunsmuir into the net. With a two goal cushion Vics went in search of more. From a Donovan cross Forsyth again tried to lob the keeper but this time Dunsmuir clutched the ball out of the air. Dunsmuir denied Forsyth again by blocking the strikers effort with his foot while Callum Ogston headed a Donovan cross over the bar at the back post with the goal at his mercy.

Kello still tried to press forward at every opportunity and with five minutes remaining Marty Fraser got enough onto a Mitchell Ewing shot to turn the ball against the post but with just two minutes remaining they reduced the leeway. Substitute Ross George was caught in possession inside his own half and the ball broke for Ewing who from 25 yards rifled the ball high past Fraser into the net.

But once again, within minutes of scoring, Kello conceded at the other end. From Isaac Kerr’s free kick, substitute Jordan Baird played in an exquisite cross from the left side of the area into the danger zone and Paul Millar prodded home Vics fifth to seal the points.

There was still time for Kello defender Sean Bennie to receive a second yellow card to reduce the visitors to ten men but the points remained at Dam Park to give Whitletts the perfect start to the New Year.

Whitletts Victoria
1. Fraser 2. Ogston 3. Ewart 4. Brown 5. I.Kerr 6. Buchanan 7. Millar 8. Boyd (George 76) 9. Forsyth 10. L.Kerr (A.Kerr 82) 11. Donovan (Baird 88)
Subs (not used) 14. Mathieson 21. Dorigo

Kello Rovers
1. Dunsmuir 2. Ross 3. Quinn (Ewing 66) 4. Sean Bennie 5. Hyslop 6. Hill 7. Costello 8. Stuart Bennie 9. Miller 10. Johnston 11. Smith
Subs (not used) 12. Fleming 15. Thomson

Referee: Richard Murray


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