A great win for ANZA on a day that saw the final performance for ANZA stalwart Motte.
We were determined to send him out a winner and that match started well with the ANZA midfield harassing OG and not giving them any time to play.
ANZA went up 1-0 after Stu intercepted at the top of the box and smashed the ball in on the half volley. A few other good chances went begging, but the solid defensive work at the back meant that we kept OG at bay.
A nice free kick from OG that clipped the shoulder of Brenton in the wall and went top corner brought scores back level. Keeper Gary said he had it covered, so we’re counting that as an own goal.
The 2nd half started brilliantly with Stu again intercepting off the kick off, driving through the middle and hitting his shot bottom corner. That was about as good as the 3rd quarter got for ANZA as while the effort was still there, we were pinned in our own half for the majority including what felt like 6 goal kicks that came straight back. OG had a corner cleared off the line as well as spurning another couple of chances, in addition to Tim making his usual highlight reel last ditch tackle to stop a 1 on 1.
The game was put to bed in the 4th when Brenton sprung the off side trap and finished smartly. More impressive was the athletic celebration climbing the fence, leading to quips from the team that it was usually his shots that end up on the fence, and not him.
The game went end to end as OG pushed for a 2nd, and ANZA looked dangerous on the counter. With a minute to go ANZA, won a free kick just outside the box. With the Hollywood ending waiting, Motte stepped up. His free kick was hit well, swerving and dipping, but the OG keeper made a good save. Luckily Stas was following in and smashed it high in to the net for the 4th which was also followed by the full time whistle.
A great team performance, and a fitting way to send out one of our best. Motte is a great player, but an even better team mate, always happy to do what is best for the team, including help at CB when needed. We’ll miss you mate!
Best on ground was Stu, but Motte earns MOM for his final match.
Thanks to OG for the good game and best of luck for the remainder of the season.