After five frustrating weeks Oakleigh Cannons have recorded their first win of the season – upsetting Heidelberg United in a thriller at Jack Edwards Reserve.
Heading into the match without a win in 2019 – Oakeligh has found themselves back on track with a big win against the reigning NPL premiers and champions.
It didn’t take long for the home side to open the scoring with Harry White opening the scoring in the ninth minute.
White converting the easiest of goals after combining with star midfielder Joe Guest – who caused the reigning champions plenty of headaches – with the whole team running over to the young striker to celebrate his first goal.
The Cannons very nearly had a second when Guest was played through with a long ball out of defence. Despite having two players to beat – the 25-year-old found space inside the box only to be denied by the post.
Getting themselves out of trouble – the visitors would go end-to-end and equalise through Reuben Way in the 35th minute.
But this did not deflate the home side who continued to press and were rewarded for their persistence when Guest put the Cannons in front right before the break.
Guest and White combining once again with their roles this time reversed as White set up an unmarked Guest inside the six-yard box.
The home side were far from happy with their narrow margin and came agonisingly close to extending their lead – only to be denied by the woodwork twice in the second half.
Goran Zoric had his attempt strike the near post in the 61st minute before the Cannons squandered a number of chances in the 85th minute to seal the win.
Starting with Nick Epifano – the midfielder had his attempt come off the post before Zoric came inches away from finding the back of the net from close range.
Fortunately – for the Cannons – such inaccuracy went unpunished, though the final minutes were not without its heroics from goalkeeper John Honos.
With the contest deep into stoppage time – Honos was forced into a double save from close range at the far post to secure his side’s first win of season 2019.