Words | Effie Caloutas
Despite two poor performances in the past two weeks, Northcote displayed a much more competitive effort in a 3-2 loss to Oakleigh Cannons at John Cain Memorial Park on Saturday.
In an enticing first half, Northcote were unlucky to not be 1-0 in the 20th minute after Braedyn Crowley was denied a goal after excellent goal keeping from John Honos to send the ball over the net.
Just minutes later, Oakleigh were able to get two consecutive goals in a matter of minutes with a blistering goal by midfielder Dean Piemonte in the 26th minute and Dusan Bosnjak in the 32nd minute to enhance Oakleigh’s lead to 2-0.
As it looked like Oakleigh were able to secure a comfortable victory, Northcote didn’t lose their fighting spirit.
In the 35th minute, Northcote were able to get their first goal for the match through a penetrating shot by midfielder Anthony Ramzy, who made just his second start this season.
Just minutes later, Northcote were back on level terms after a pearler from former Newcastle Jets player Crowley in the 38th minute to level the score at 2-2 and send the crowd into a frenzy.
With scores level at 2-2 at half time, Northcote were looking dangerous with several opportunities in the second half through a header from Ryan Go in the 57th minute that went over the bar and a penetrating shot by Aaron Ward that eluded the crossbar in the 60th minute, while Crowley’s best opportunity was shot straight at Honos.
However, as Northcote looked promising, Dusan Bosnjak found the back of the net in the 84th minute with an unstoppable shot from distance to secure a 3-2 win for Oakleigh in a thrilling encounter at John Cain Memorial Park.