The first half was a back and forth affair, with both teams having chances. Grey United got the first goal after a pass over the top from Anton Merkushev allowed Blake Hodgson to advance on goal before finishing into the bottom corner. Marist kept the Grey United defence busy, with David Lowe and Josh Furze keeping up the pressure. After a through ball caught out the Grey United defence, Furze selflessly passed the ball to Lowe, who finished into an empty net. Furze then scored one of his own, running strongly through the United defence to coolly finish. Lowe could easily have had a hat-trick, hitting the post once and forcing a few great saves from Franko Horridge. In addition, some great tackling by Raven Brown limited Marist’s opportunities. Just before the end of the half, Grey’s Hodgson floated a corner straight onto Merkushev’s head at the far post to draw the sides level at half time.
In the second half, Hodgson was able to claim his second goal, after pouncing on a mistake in the Marist defence. Next, in an indirect free kick in the Marist goal box, Paul Kaye was able to squeeze the ball through a small space in defence to make it four. Grey United had their fifth after a lucky deflection saw the ball fall to Jayden Menzies, who was able to get a head to it just before Marist goalie Ethan Kelleher.
Marist will be disappointed with the result, as the three-goal deficit does not reflect the balance of the game. They were unfortunate to face a Grey United side who finally got some luck on their side after a poor run this season. The Marist team had some great performances, especially from Furze and Kye Thompson in midfield, but it was their striker David Lowe that got their player of the day. For Grey United, their player of the day was Shaun Williamson, reflecting the work he, and the Grey United defence, had to put in to keep the Marist attack goalless in the second half.