Cometh the moment, cometh the Dekker – for the second week in a row Wade Dekker has scored the match winning goal, putting the Oakleigh Cannons within striking distance of the top six.
A stoppage header was all that was needed in a hard fought contest with a crucial three points on the line.
Tempers flared in a fiery first half as an opportunity to close in on the top six beckoned for the both sides.
While neither team was able to find the back of the net there was no shortage of entertainment, or drama as both sides brought the intensity to Jack Edwards Reserve.
Fresh from their midweek FFA Cup exit, Magic put the early pressure on the Cannon – hitting the inside of the cross bar before forcing goalkeeper John Honos into a difficult low save.
Honos – in game 150 for the club – threw himself at every contest which certainly buoyed his teammates.
Meanwhile captain Tom Matthews got on the wrong side of the Altona fans after a late challenge on the touchline which saw him receive a booking.
With star goal scorer Joe Guest back in the side the Cannons looked dangerous in attack, especially with Wade Dekker in form after his stoppage time matchwinner last week.
While Guest looked ever dangerous for the home side, it was striker Harry White who had the best opportunity to score.
After being awarded a penalty midway through the first half, White stepped up to take it and despite hitting low to the keeper’s right, the Magic shot stopper did enough to keep a crucial penalty out.
The second half was one of momentum swings as both sides enjoyed lengthy periods of dominance.
Oakleigh came out of half time the better of two sides, controlling the midfield and creating several opportunities yet failed to convert at the critical moments.
As time ticked on fans could almost feel the tension out on the field as every pass, cross an attempt felt had to be deserved.
The Cannons thought they found in the winner in the 88th minute when Ryan Paczkowski found space inside the box but was unable to get past the Magic keeper who parried the attempt out from a corner.
From the corner, Dekker rose highest in a congested penalty area to head the winning goal for the second consecutive week.
Instead of defending their lead the home side sought to add to their tally as Chris Taylor looked to Marcus Dimanche who provided plenty of pace up front – causing many late problems for Magic.
The win sees Oakleigh move one point outside the top six and face an arduous test against third placed Heidelberg United next Saturday night.