Fiery Local Derby Ends In Goalless Draw

  • Fiery Local Derby Ends In Goalless Draw

A ten-manned Oakleigh Cannons FC has extended its unbeaten start to the season, holding South Melbourne to a goalless draw at Jack Edwards Reserve.

A first half sending off to Lucas Portelli for a last man challenge on Harry Sawyer reduced the Cannons to ten men and forced rearrangement at the back.

As a result, Ryan Paczkowski dropped to fullback while captain Tom Matthews joined Scott Robertson at the heart of defence.

Despite dominating possession and frustrating the Cannons, South failed to capitalise on having the extra man.

The visitors came close in the 39th minute when Gerry Syliados' low cross found Sawyer inside the six yard box, but last week's hero was unable to finish with his attempt flying over the crossbar.

The Cannons grew into the game as the half wore on with Tyson Holmes firing the sides first attempt on target when his header was cleared off the line on the cusp of half time.

After a quiet first half, Joe Guest nearly opened the scoring sliding in to meet a low Harry White cross in the 61st minute, only for his attempt to trickle past the post.

Hamish Millar then nearly brought the house down with a long range strike in the 70th minute, which even caught the attention of those patiently waiting in the 20 metre souvlaki line.

As fatigue began to set in for the ten-manned Cannons, South Melbourne kicked into overdrive in the final ten minutes. 
Deep into stoppage time South Melbourne thought they had found the break through with Sawyer desperately sliding in at the back post only to put it wide in front of the large contigent of South fans behind the goals.
The Cannons are again at home next Friday March 6 against Altona Magic in Round 4.

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