FINAL SCORE: WESTVIC 2 – 1 FRANKSTON
GOAL SCORERS: DALTON BARBY, REAGAN SIMONS
The Westvic under 16 boys stormed home in an exciting final against Frankston, coming from behind to win 2-1.
Westvic went into the game determined and focused, unaffected by the daunting challenge of overcoming an undefeated Frankston side.
the first half was incredibly tight, with Frankston looking the slightly better team. There were just a handful of chances created, with WestVic unable to capitalise on their opportunities. This left the door open for Frankston, finding the opening goal late in the first half. The goal came from a scrappy piece of defending, with the ball falling to a Frankston player, whose slap shot to the bottom left corner beat GK Callum Bridge. the teams went in at half time with the scores remaining 1-0 in Frankston’s favour.
The second half was a different story, and WestVic immediately looked the team in charge. Frankston’s tactics changed from attacking to very defensive, as they tried to defend deep, and kill off the game. WestVic made a tactical change of their own, converting to a 3 man back line, and utilising an extra roaming striker. The players implemented this change to perfection, and began to create chance after chance. WestVic pulled level through Striker Dalton Barby after the Frankston keeper pulled off a superb double save, but he was left helpless as Barby chipped the ball in while the keeper was still recovering.
Frankston continued to sit deep after the equaliser, but looked dangerous on the counter attack, and might well have scored had it not been for the terrific form of Bridge, making some stunning saves. With just minutes remaining, and the game seemingly destined for shootouts, midfielder Reagan Simons stepped up with a stunning goal. Simons stole the ball on the half line, eliminating three defenders as he charged into the circle, and slotted a perfect backstick shot between the keepers legs from the baseline.
The last two minutes were frantic for both teams, but WestVic held on to claim the premiership and their first title in 3 years.
Notable during the game was the sideline support during the game, with a large WestVic contingent making the trip to Hawthorn, creating a fierce atmosphere to push the boys home.
A massive congratulations To our boys for capping off a wonderful season with a well deserved premiership.