There were no signs of rust as the Oakleigh Cannons recorded a 3-0 win at home to Bentleigh Greens.
Reinvigorated after an eleven day break - goals to Joe Guest, Harry White and Wade Dekker sealed an important win for the Cannons, who now jump inside the top six – with a game in hand.
In a must win contest at Jack Edwards Reserve, the Cannons showed no sign of rust as they came up against the second placed Bentleigh Greens.
Despite starting the stronger of the two sides, Bentleigh were not rewarded for their early dominance – looking most dangerous sling-shotting out of defence.
Albeit it was the Cannons who drew first blood as Guest was brought down inside in the box in the 11th minute, giving referee Shaun Evans no option other than pointing to spot.
Up against Ryan Scott – who is widely regarded as the league’s best goalkeeper – Guest tucked his penalty into the corner, giving the Greens keeper little hope.
Buoyed by the early goal, the Cannons burst into action and begun playing with confidence.
Defender Raman Tasancioglu ensured nothing got past while Luke Pavlou held his own against a pacey Bentleigh midfield who dominated possession.
The second half commenced in similar fashion to the first, with the Greens dominant on the ball yet unable to create clear-cut chances.
Oakleigh’s movement on the counter started to worry the Greens, with Ryan Paczkowski having his right footed attempt headed for the top corner saved by Scott.
With the contest hanging in the balance midway through the second half, the Cannons added a second with Harry White’s deft touch making its way into the back of the net in the 66th minute.
Albeit the Cannons soon found themselves in trouble as Bentleigh were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute.
But John Honos, in game 151, was not going to let the Greens back into the match so easily, saving the Matt Thurtell penalty – diving to the right and parrying it away from the bottom corner.
Dekker put the icing on the cake in stoppage time from the penalty spot after Guest was again brought down inside the area.
The win extends Oakleigh’s unbeaten run to nine matches and will face yet another arduous task when they host Dandenong City at home next Saturday night.
The Cannons will be without goal scorer Harry White who received his fifth booking of the season.