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All Age 1 Match Report | 22nd April

Another beautiful Saturday afternoon see BTH travel to Mona Vale to face a Pittwater side still searching for their first points of the season. A number of changes were made to the side that dusted Killarney last week with TG, Goldy, Ocky and Steeley all away but manager Lovric still fielded a strong looking team, such is the strength in depth he has at his disposal. The start of the game was a largely scrappy affair, neither team kept the ball too well although Pittwater did try their best to play out from the back. BTH pressed well and looked the better side when they did get on the ball and knock it around. First real effort came from Ben ‘my goodness he’s a beautiful man’ Gillies when he flicked on a George Harle freekick towards goal that was brilliantly turned around the post by the Pitts keeper. Gilly wasn’t to be denied his first goal for the club, from the resulting corner that was whipped in by Marty and flicked on by Hayden, Gilly was on hand to turn the ball home. Hayden then had a chance himself to double BTH’s lead when he raced through on goal, his chip was cleared off the line and Jason Lal was denied in the aftermath. To their credit, Pittwater didn’t lie down and continued to try play football, this started to lead to a few nervy moments at the back for BTH, one super cross was met by their big centre forward who’s header crashed the post and fell kindly back into the hands of keeper John Massey. This scare was soon followed by the moment of the match, Fresh from dancing on the tables of Byron Bay night club Cheeky Monkeys with his mother, Craig Dabinett picked the ball up at right back and fizzed in a delicious ball to Gilly, who trapped and turned in one motion before riffling an unstoppable drive from 25 yards into the top corner, some goal it was, please score more as it’s a pleasure hugging you in the celebrations. 2-0 soon turned to 3-0, MOM Zac Brown’s determination and brilliant run caused all sorts of problems for the Pittwater left back, this ended up in Zac being brought down in the area and a penalty awarded. Captain for the day Harle stepped up and scored ‘Top Left’. Half Time 3-0 to BTH, biggest worry was our most consistent player this season Quentin Johnson had to be carried off with a knee injury, fingers crossed its nothing too serious. Second half should have seen BTH increase their lead further but were unable to convert any of their chances, Joe Rushton came on and looked dangerous across the park, Jacko was solid in the middle and the back line of Dabinett, Brown, Brown and Heath were solid. Marty worked tirelessly as usual and another 3 points on the board. Next 2 weeks are massive for us as a team and club, playing the top 2 teams who will be a class above anything we’ve played so far, but bring it on, 3 from 3 so far!!

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