Beauy made the trip to Warragul on a warm autumnal afternoon. As usual, preparation was underway early with Seniors Director, Bruce Maclaren and Team Manager Matteo Zappala, arriving in Gippsland just after dawn!
The new synthetic pitch at Baxter Park was a picture from the hilltop vantage point enjoyed by the club room and spectators, although player feedback was less positive about the surface itself.
Always a tough test on their home turf, the local side started brightly and had a couple of decent chances before Beauy worked into the game and had a spate of corners where the home keeper failed to take command but the ensuing goalmouth skirmishes failed to yield any reward.
On 20 minutes, striker, Johnny Creamer was past their keeper, but was brought down and there were no complaints about the spot-kick. Creamer struck the penalty well, but at a decent height and the United stopper was able to beat the ball away.
As the half closed, Warragul took the lead when a cross from the left eluded all except the home striker who was able to head high past Jarrod Hill for the opening goal. Beauy responded well and Creamer was able to make amends for his penalty miss, with a good finish to have the teams level at the break.
The second half was end to end with both teams tiring on the super-size pitch. Beauy had what looked a stone-dead certainty penalty rejected by the referee, just before the end , but Warragul had a great chance at the far post, which they failed to capitalise on.
Honours even at the end.
Reserves won 4-2 with a fine individual performance from Felix Polster, who hit all four goals on his return from injury, becoming the second player already this season to hit 4 after Gideon Sweet in the Seniors win over Preston Lions in the FFA/Australia Cup.
Next league game vs Casey Comets at home on 30 April at Secondary College.
Hopefully the last league game there before the return to the Reserve!
Australia Cup vs Upfield on Weds 27 April also at Beauy Secondary, KO 7PM