Green Gully has handed Oakleigh Cannons FC its first loss of 2020 in a game marred with controversy at Jack Edwards Reserve.
A well-worked Alex Salmon goal gave Gully an early lead – controlling a Jordon Lampard set-piece before slipping it past Nick Feely in the 24th minute – but it was the sending off to Cannons head coach Chris Taylor which overshadows the night’s events.
Taylor was sent off for disputing the referee’s decision to issue Kristian Brymora a yellow card for a late challenge on Hamish Millar – leaving the home side without a head coach for the last 25 minutes.
Things quickly exacerbated for the Cannons following this, with Gully converting two goals in two minutes to record their second win for the season.
The Cannons came into the game as one of three undefeated sides after four rounds – though found themselves on the back foot early with the returning Lucas Portelli making a desperate goal line clearance inside the first five minutes to deny Salmon.
Though there was nothing the Cannons could do in the 24th minute when the ball fell to Salmon in a congested penalty area, with the number nine slotting the ball into the back of the net.
After heading into the break a goal-down, it was a spirited response early in the second half from the home side – with an equalising goal looking likely.
In defence, Cannons goalkeeper Nick Feely was doing his best to keep the visitors at bay – completing several impressive saves to keep the Cannons in the game.
Albeit this momentum was halted as Taylor was sent off before Tyson Holmes missed a golden chance to level things in the 65th minute – after a swift combination with Joe Guest.
The miss ultimately proved costly as Gully livewire Nicholas Georgopoulos added a second for Gully, before Salmon sealed the deal two minutes later – breaking through the Cannons defence to seal an emphatic win for the visitors.
The controversy did not stop here as the Cannons were denied a penalty late in the piece as Stefan Nigro’s handball on the goal-line went unnoticed by the officials.
The Cannons are back in action next week, albeit, away from home when the team travels to face Dandenong City, while Gully hosts Altona Magic.
OAKLEIGH CANNONS FC 0
GREEN GULLY FC 3 (Salmon 24’ & 78’, Georgopoulos 76’)