Altona Magic has defeated Oakleigh Cannons 2-1 in a thrilling yet controversial contest at Paisley Park.
Tensions were high as the players stepped onto the pitch as crude challenges and a card-happy referee added an intriguing subplot to this match.
Coming off a spirited draw away to Kingston – Oakleigh came into this match with plenty to prove in search of their first win of the season.
Though the task was made all the more difficult when the home side opened the scoring in the 15th minute.
Dutch striker Michiel Hemmen finding himself on the end of a Sami Nour cross to flick the opener past Cannons goalkeeper John Honos.
The early goal kicked the Cannons into gear, who thought they had an equaliser when captain Tom Matthews’ header found the back of the net – only for it to be ruled offside.
Oakleigh’s woes were exacerbated right on the half as former Cannons defender Sam Mitchinson doubled Magic’s lead.
After the break Chris Taylor’s team came out a very different side and found their way back into the game in the 55th minute through a Joe Guest goal.
With momentum on their side the Cannons launched an assault and peppered the Magic box.
Albeit this momentum took a hit when the referee waved on a penalty shout after Milos Lujic was dragged down inside the box.
Despite the visitors throwing everything at the home side in the second half they were unable to rescue a point.
It does not get any easier for the Cannons who meet Heidelberg United next week at Jack Edwards Reserve.