Berwick City v Casey Comets
By Berwick City
Berwick hearts broken in local derby.
In front of a good size local crowd, Berwick started the better of the two teams with forwards Orlando Mejias and Alpha Turay giving the Casey defenders a few early concerns and the Berwick fans some hope of things to come.
The breakthrough came in the 15th minute when a driving shot from just outside the box by Franco Costantino took a wicked deflection off a defender and left the Casey keeper stranded and almost in slow motion watching the ball sail over his head into the back of the net to the raptures of the travelling Berwick supporters.
The game began to open up after the first goal with both teams eager to push forward and create chances. In a highly entertaining first half, Berwick continued to pile the pressure on the opposition who were still struggling to match the intensity in the middle of the park with big Danny Jee in control. After a few more half chances at either end it was the constant livewire Alpha Turay who in the 44th minute finished off a fine Berwick move with a clinical finish. At two nil and with all the momentum there was still another chance for Berwick, who should have gone 3 nil up in the final minute of the first half but for the heroics of the Casey keeper who pulled off an amazing save after a cracking shot by Orlando Mejias that was goal bound.
Coach Carlos Retre had to do some reshuffling at half time with right back Sergio Yanez not being able to resume the second half due to injury and he brought on forward speedster Ali Sanad. With regular first team players Domenic Dimanche, Shane Savanah and Stephen Vernon out due to injury, the defensive structures were going to be put to the test so even at two nil up it was still game on. Despite this, it was all Berwick for the first 20 minutes of the second half. Centre backs Dominic Branca and Nick Lasanc never looked troubled and were having excellent games and Ali Sanad had golden opportunities to put another goal on the board missing several chances. So it was completely against the run of play in the 65th minute that a speculative shot from well outside the box which should have been a regulation save was mishandled by Berwick keeper Cristian Morales and it dribbled into the net.
With that goal, Casey threw everything forward but it was still Berwick who had the better of the chances and still looked quite comfortable at the back with the Casey forwards not really posing much problem. Queue heartbreak...
89th minute and the Casey striker who had hardly touched the ball all night, got on the end of some neat passing and took advantage of the only sluggish defending for the night to finish nicely and take two points from Berwick who had been the better team for most of the night.
It was an enthralling local derby that finished in a 2 all draw. Casey are a very good side and despite the disappointing result after being in a winning position for 90% of the game, Berwick can take many positives from the game.
The Reserves lost their first game of the season. They were 3-1 down at half time after a poor start, and then 4-1 but fought out the match scoring two late goals to give the opposition a scare. Final score 4-3 to Casey. Scorers for Berwick - Ife Ogidan 14', Alex Torelli 82', Tevin Mwenenjawa 84'.
This week we are back at home for our last night match of the year at Jack Thomas Reserve versus Frankston Pines.
Saturday May 30
Seniors k.o 7.00pm
Reserves k.o 5.00pm