Oakleigh Cannons and Green Gully have shared the spoils after an entertaining yet frustrating affair at Green Gully reserve.
Despite ample opportunities late in the piece the Cannons were unable to find a winner with Gully goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson pulling off several saves to keep the score level.
The Cannons sought to carry the momentum from last week’s narrow win over Pascoe Vale into their contest with Green Gully.
Buoyed by an impressive run of form after a slow start to the season – Oakleigh started the match in the best possible way as winger Wade Dekker opened the scoring in the seventh minute.
Sitting just outside the box, the ball was played across to Dekker who smashed the ball passed the goalkeeper for the lead.
Despite the early goal, chances were few and far between during the first half with the contest turning into an arm wrestle as the two sides went into the break.
It didn’t take long for the home side to respond to what they would have considered a disappointing first half as Nick Kalmar caught Cannons goalkeeper John Honos off-guard from a set-piece to equalise.
The goal caught everyone including Honos by surprise – who had anticipated a cross from the set piece – and despite his best efforts to keep it from crossing the line the referee awarded the goal.
Though luck didn’t follow Gully a second time as the home side struck the crossbar from close range.
Following this the match sprung into action as frustration begun to filter through for both sides who struggled to create clear-cut opportunities.
Joe Guest was offered a gift by Gully goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson – whose clearance fell short – but Guest was unable to catch the Gully shot-stopper off his line.
Substitute Marcus Dimanche inspired plenty of action when he was brought on, forcing Tyson into a difficult save in the 80th minute.
With both sides pressing for a winner for A-League defender Manny Muscat was brought on in his final match in hope of inspiring the home side to victory.
Albeit it was Oakleigh who kicked into gear following this move as Harry White broke through one-on-one with Tyson but White was unable to convert, losing possession after taking a touch past the Gully goalkeeper.
The chances did not stop here for the visitors as Guest bullied his way through the Gully defence before playing it off to Dimanche whose left footed attempt sailed over the cross bar from just inside the box.
The visitors would have one more chance as Joe Guest found space inside the box and what looked to be a certain goal saw Tyson make his best save yet to ensure the points would shared.