After letting a two goal lead slip, the Oakleigh Cannons defeated league leaders Avondale in a seven goal thriller with Joe Guest finding the winner in the 92nd minute.
Fans at Jack Edwards Reserve saw a match of the season contender with this contest having it all.
Redemption was in the minds of the Cannons players as they looked to rectify an embarrassing defeat the last time the two sides met at Avenger Park.
Since then, the Cannons have not lost a league match and have surged inside the top six – currently the NPL Victoria’s in-form side as the finals approach.
In what was the most anticipated match of the round – featuring two of the league’s most exciting teams – it was the Cannons who found themselves ahead inside the opening two minutes.
Striker Harry White broke through and despite having his first attempt saved by Avondale goalkeeper Chris Oldfield, the ball rebounded back off White and rolled into the back of the net for the opening goal.
Albeit the league leaders would draw level just ten minutes later when Stefan Zinni fired a bullet from just outside the box to finish off a clinical piece of play.
Both teams pressed heavily in what was an incredibly open affair.
With seconds remaining in the first half Joe Guest would fire the Cannons back in front, with his half-volley taking a deflection – giving Oldfield little chance.
Coming out of the break the Cannons kicked into gear, continuing to press and putting the league leaders under the pump as they looked to extend their lead.
The home side were rewarded for their early second half dominance when Guest and White combined for Oakleigh’s third goal, sending the home supporters into raptures as the Cannons looked set to take another major scalp.
The Guest-White combination caused Avondale plenty of headaches with the pair very nearly combining to put the nail in the coffin, with White’s header coming off the cross bar.
Fortunate not to concede a fourth, Avondale livewire Yusuf Ahmed setting up a grandstand finish after scoring a goal worthy of a thousand replays, striking the ball from 30 yards into the top corner with just ten minutes to play.
Buoyed by such individual brilliance, Avondale pressed on and found a dramatic equaliser through Liam Boland in the 86th minute – capping off the night’s second major come back.
But the drama was far from over.
With their backs against the wall the Cannons did not surrender as fan-favourite Guest headed home his second in the 92nd minute to seal Oakleigh’s best win of the season.
Oakleigh Cannons 4
Avondale FC 3