MATCH DAY 5 REPORT

Avondale FC vs Pascoe Vale Match Report

Avondale’s red-hot start to the 2019 season has continued after a 3-1 win over Pascoe Vale at Avenger Park on Saturday.

The result is the fifth win in as many games for the Azuri, who sit three points clear on top of the table. Avondale have been in fine form so far this year, boasting the league’s highest-scoring offence and tightest defence.

The home side didn’t waste any time in opening the scoring, finding the back of the net on their first attack of the game. Liam Boland’s lovely pass slipped Stefan Zinni through on goal, with the striker getting enough on his shot to beat the keeper.

The goal seemed to settle Avondale, who soon established firm control of the game, dominating possession. Matthew Reid had the next scoring chance, but his headed effort was well saved by Paco keeper Nick Feeley.

But Reid didn’t have to wait long to find the back of the net. A curling cross from Tasuku Sekiya found its way to the big defender who happily headed the ball home, this time getting the better of Feeley.

The second goal was well deserved and while home fans may have had thoughts of another big win, Pascoe Vale had other ideas. The away side responded almost immediately, scoring straight from the kickoff, with Dutch striker Davey Van’T Schip’s lovely chip over Chris Oldfield making it 2-1.

The goal brought Paco right back into the contest and the visitors looked the better side for the remainder of the half. Their resurgence continued after the break and Oldfield was forced to make a superb diving save from a free header to preserve Avondale’s lead.

The chance was an early warning for the Avengers and seemed to spark them back into life. They had a couple of good chances to restore their two-goal advantage, but Sekiya’s free kick was saved by Feeley and Reid’s header glanced wide.

Avondale kept pushing forward and earned themselves a penalty after Yitay Towns was pulled back and brought down in the box. Liam Boland stepped up and blasted the penalty home.

The goal all but put the game to bed. Oldfield made another strong save while at the other end Boland, Reid and Yusuf Ahmed all had chances to add to the score sheet, but couldn’t convert.

The win is another excellent result for Avondale, who are yet to trail at any stage in any game so far this season. The Avengers are outright first on the table, three points clear of Bentleigh Greens and Melbourne Knights.

Avondale’s next game is away at Green Gully on Saturday the 23rd at 3:00pm.

Article by Bransen Gibson

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