After winning at Mornington, and a come from behind point from Malvern City, Beauy went in search of further points at top of the table Boorandara on Saturday.
Returning skipper Jessie Kewley-Graham, led the team again, playing on the diminutive school pitch at Carey Grammar. Key to getting a result was likely to be goals for, as the ladder leaders had only conceded 5 goals in their previous 12 games.
Our boys in yellow started strongly and had a couple of great chances, before deservedly taking the lead when Hamraz Zenoozi skipped past 3 defenders down the left and crossed in for Felix Polster to bundle home. This goal strangely threatened to derail the great start as Beauy began to be more cautious and paid the price when a strong header from a corner beat keeper Jarrod Hill to get the home side level. Scores equal at the break.
Beauy again began on the front foot again, but the second half was end to end until Beauy grabbed the lead when Polster again ran in behind the defence and played back for Ryan Brown to strike for goal. Brown will, I am sure, consider his shot not to be his finest , but Boorandara keeper, and long time friend of Beauy, Gavin Watson, somehow allowed the ball to go through his legs to cue celebrations from the away supporters. The league leaders pressed for an equaliser, and the defence stood firm with sterling efforts from Elliot Capel, Sam O Regan, Massimo Toure, and Gideon Sweet, across the back protecting keeper Hill.
With time running out Brown again plundered down the right and sub George Smethurst got onto the end of a cross to beat Watson again to put the game out of reach. Boorandara got a consolation with the game’s last kick, but a fine win for Beauy to put us just outside the top 3 of Boorandara, Malvern and Fitzroy City.
Reserves had a forgettable afternoon going down to a defeat.
Bye next week before the next home game vs South Springvale on 25 June, which…… hopefully will be the last home game at the School before the return to the Reserve and the new pavilion in July 2022.