Both sides had some early chances, but it was Marist who made the most of theirs in the first half. Juan Lawrence found himself in some space in the Grey United box and drew a great save from Franko Horridge, but the ball fell back to Lawrence to finish the rebound. A header from James McLean from a corner was goal bound, only for Gavin Collins to clear off the line and maintain Marist’s lead. Josh Furze lead another Marist break down the left wing and put a great cross right across the face of the goal for an easy finish for David Lowe, to give Marist a 2-0 lead going in to half time.
Grey United, with the wind behind them, put the pressure on in the second half and had most of the chances. Blake Hodgson put in a lot of great running up front for Grey United and created several good chances, but a combination of bad luck and great defending from Marist, especially from goalkeeper Ethan Kelleher, prevented Hodgson from finding the net. Grey United finally pulled one back, after a perfectly placed corner from Daniel Horridge found Anton Merkushev at the back post to score with a header.
Marist kept the pressure on, with Will Payton putting in a great performance in the middle of the field, and Furze kept the United defence on their toes the whole game. It was Marist’s player of the day, Ethan Kelleher, that made the big difference, putting a great performance in goal, including rushing off his line to prevent a clear chance for Horridge. Grey United’s player of the day was Hodgson.
All in all, this was a positive performance for both sides. If Marist can maintain their hard work in defence, good passing football and continue to take their chances up front, they will be expecting to earn plenty more points before the season is done.