A Wade Dekker wonder-goal earned the Oakleigh Cannons a point against an unbeaten South Melbourne in front of a strong crowd at Jack Edwards Reserve.
The former Melbourne City winger opened the goalscoring accound for 2021 in style with a half-volley from distance, with the Cannons finishing on the front foot in a thrilling affair. Like last week, the home side was unable to break the deadlock - despite having several opportunities throughout the match.
Fresh off his debut goal last week, Matt Thurtell came inches away from adding to his goalscoring tally when his attempt off a Joe Knowles cross struck the crossbar in the seventh minute. South Melbourne would make the Cannons pay when Josh Wallen slipped the ball past goalkeeper Nick Feely for the opening goal.
The Cannons looked a completley different side after the break, with the side lifting to the occasion after a quiet first half.
Defender Jacob Eliopoulos had the chance to equaliser from a set-piece but had his headed attempt saved by South goalkeeper Pierce Clark.
Oakleigh would be rewarded for its persistence on the hour mark as Dekker sent the home fans into raptures with his effort from outside the area. Charging through to intercept a bouncing ball, Dekker struck the ball on the half-volley into the top corner - bringing the Cannons back into the contest.
Buoyed by the equaliser, Knowles nearly brought the house down when he rattled the crossbar from some 30-yards out - in what would have been a contender for goal of the season.
The Cannons travel to face Altona Magic need weekend.
OAKLEIGH CANNONS 1 (Dekker 60')
SOUTH MELBOURNE 1 (Wallen 12')