In a pivotal Round 11 clash of the NPL Victoria, Green Gully SC clinched a crucial and morale-boosting 1-0 victory over reigning champions Avondale FC at Avenger Park, marking an end to their seven-game winless streak and reigniting their campaign for a spot in the top six.
Coming into the match, Gully sat in a precarious 11th place on the ladder, facing a daunting task against an Avondale side that had been in rampant form, demonstrated by an 8-0 thrashing of Dandenong Thunder in their previous outing.
Despite the odds stacked against them and the absence of Avondale’s Trajceski due to injury, Green Gully displayed tactical discipline and a fighting spirit that has been the hallmark of their under-23 side, which sits comfortably at the top of their ladder.
The game’s defining moment arrived in the 65th minute, off a well-executed short corner routine. Gianluca Iannucci, adapting to a new role in the midfield, collaborated with Jamie Latham, who delivered an exquisite ball to the near post. It was there that captain Taylor Schrijvers rose to the occasion, heading the ball home to give Gully the lead and, ultimately, the win.
Jalil Regague, alongside Schrijvers in the heart of the defence, put on a sterling performance, forming a formidable duo that repelled the persistent Avondale attacks. Their combined effort was instrumental in preserving the slender lead as they thwarted chance after chance.
The victory does more than just add three points to Gully’s tally; it serves as a catalyst for a potential turnaround in the season. By narrowing the gap to seven points from the top six, Gully has set a tangible target to aim for as the season approaches its midpoint.
This win over a top side like Avondale will undoubtedly serve as a confidence booster for the team and the fans alike. It’s a testament to the squad’s potential and resilience, showcasing that on their day, Gully can compete with and overcome the very best in the league.
The challenge now for Gully is to harness this momentum and translate it into consistent performances week in, week out. With a renewed sense of belief and a clear goal in sight, Green Gully SC embarks on the second half of the season with renewed vigour, aiming to climb the ladder and secure their place in the finals.
In the earlier kick-off the Under-23s played out a thrilling 2-2 draw.