Almanac Soccer: Golden Plains v Bell Park




Golden Plains new clubrooms in Bannockburn.


Golden Plains 0 v Bell Park 6

By Roy Hay


The local derby at Bannockburn turned out to be a comfortable win for the visitors as Bell Park scored six goals without reply against Golden Plains on Saturday. It took only ten minutes for Park to breach the home defence, when they were awarded a free kick about five metres outside the penalty area. Nick Nugent hammered the ball past the wall and into the net. Ten minutes later an attack down the right resulted in a cut-back that found Ben McIntosh who finished cleanly. From then on it was the Josh Talev show as the powerful striker ran through a retreating defence and crashed the ball home. Park had the ball in the net again in the 35th minute but Johnson Luong was offside and that was chalked off. In the home team’s best attack of the first half, Matthew Cheung cut through the middle, but his shot was saved by Heath Hayes. Golden Plains keeper Emmanuel Vita could not be blamed for any of the goals and late in the first half he had a series of good saves to keep the score down. One was from a free kick, another was an effective punch clear from a Bell Park corner kick.



Josh Talev of Bell Park on the ball and on the charge.



The second half continued the pattern of the first with Park in control and Golden Plains occasionally lifting the siege with breakaways only for the attacks to peter out before they reached the danger area. In the 53rdminute, McIntosh set up Talev for an easy finish. A physical clash between Bailey Pilgrim of Bell Park and Nelson Nelson of Golden Plains led to the latter having to leave the field. Then Kyaw Htoo of Golden Plains had a shot blocked by the visiting defence, but when Alex Losper was brought down at the other end, Talev stepped up to bury the penalty kick. That was in the 78th minute and couple of minutes later Talev scored the best goal of the game with a curling shot from distance which crept inside the far post. There was a clash of bodies in the Bell Park penalty area when Lachlan Vivian of Golden Plains and Bell Park’s Anthony Nguyen collided. The referee awarded the free kick to the defender but it could have gone the other way. Man of the match Talev deserved the accolades for his four goals, but he and his colleagues should not be carried away with this result as tougher opposition awaits in Division Four West.



More stories from Roy Hay here.



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