Avondale FC vs Green Gully – Full report

Avondale have continued their perfect start to the season with an emphatic 5-2 away win over Green Gully on a windy Saturday.

The win is Avondale’s sixth in as many games and sees the Azuri remain three points clear on top of the table.

This was Avondale’s first game against a fellow top-six team this season and it loomed as a great chance to see how the Avengers would hold up against another quality outfit.

There was no early goal this time for Avondale, but Stefan Zinni was looking dangerous for the away side. The speedster was wreaking havoc down the left hand side, causing all sorts of problems for the Gully defence, and he helped set up a rather unconventional first goal of the game.

After a great run Zinni’s shot was initially saved, but the ensuing rebound was passed from a Gully defender back to the keeper, and the eagle-eyed referee awarded an indirect free kick from the top of the six yard box. Tasuku Sekiya then tee’d up Liam Boland who smashed the ball home.

Avondale seemed to take control after the goal, but it was Gully who scored next just after the half-hour mark. A long-range shot was redirected by Gully’s Andy Brennan, wrong-footing keeper Chris Oldfield who couldn’t recover to make the save.

The Avengers were yet to trail for a single minute at any stage in any game this season, but that fact now looked under threat as Gully pressed forward. But once again, they stood up up to the test. Their defence held strong and two goals in five minutes right before halftime swung all the momentum Avondale’s way.

Zinni was again right in the mix of things, playing a key role in both goals. He was brought down in the box by a diving effort from Gully keeper Jerod Tyson, with Boland converting the ensuing spot kick.

Later, Zinni made yet another superb run into the box and after his shot was partially blocked Sekiya was there to poke the ball home.

Despite Avondale snatching all the momentum with their two late goals, it was Green Gully who came out firing after the break. The Cavaliers soon had a goal back thanks to a headed effort from Matthew Fletcher and the home side kept pressing for an equaliser.

Both teams traded chances and had excellent opportunities to score, but couldn’t capitalise.

Yusuf Ahmed eventually put the game to bed in the 78th minute, breaking through the Gully defence before neatly slipping the ball past to restore the two-goal lead. It was Ahmed’s first goal for the club, and it put a stop to any thoughts of a late Cavalier comeback.

Avondale weren’t done scoring though, and after helping set up three other goals and having multiple chances of his own, Zinni was rewarded with a goal of his own after a devastating counter attacking run from the halfway line.

He streamed past three Gully defenders before smashing his shot home and clinching another three points for the Avengers.

The Azuri will look to continue their perfect start to the season this weekend in a top-of-the-table clash against the Melbourne Knights on Saturday at Avenger park.

Article by Bransen Gibson

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