Words | Effie Caloutas
Northcote City and fourth-placed Green Gully drew 1-1 at John Cain Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon.
It was Northcote’s first draw since their 1-1 draw with Bulleen two months ago and their third for the season.
In an enticing first half, Northcote started the better of the two teams with a volley from Anthony Ramzy going over the crossbar in the fourth minute.
Despite a positive start to the hosts, Daniel Jones was close to putting the visitors ahead after a long range shot from a free-kick narrowly missed the crossbar in the 20th minute.
Just minutes later, Gully had another chance to score after a Xavier Tsasevski strike was blocked by Michalis Karvouniaris in the 28th minute.
After several opportunities from both sides, Northcote was able to finally find an answer through a Karvouniaris header from Ramzy’s corner in the 40th minute.
However, Northcote were unable to hold onto their 1-0 lead with Gully’s Jay Davies scoring the equaliser for the visitors from a tight angle in the 44th minute after an initial save by Anthony Bouzanis.
With scores 1-1 at half-time, Northcote looked to get the ascendancy in the second half with a deft through ball from Ramzy landing into the feet of Crowley who skied it over the crossbar just five minutes after the restart.
The home side continued to dominate and were unlucky not to score their second after a ripping strike from Borbor Sam was denied by a great save from Gully ‘keeper Rani Dowisha in the 54th minute.
Gully’s best chance came when Davies was played through and found himself one-on-one with Bouzanis, but the Northcote keeper made a fabulous reflex save to keep it at 1-1.
Sam was putting relentless pressure on the Gully defence, with a treacherous cross into the penalty box nearly finding the feet of James Papadimitriou in the 65th minute.
Both sides pushed for a winner in the last twenty minutes of the match with neither able to capitalise on their opportunities as the points were shared.
Goran Lozanovski’s side will now shift their focus to a big challenge against Heidelberg United as they look to get out of the relegation zone when the two teams meet at Olympic Village on Sunday.