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Premier Division – Round 11 Review

July 6th, 2021

OVA extended its margin at the top of the Northern Inland Premier Men’s Division, while Tamworth and South United also recorded wins in round 11 of the competition.

The Mushies are now 11-points clear of the second placed Gunnedah, with Saturday’s win the side’s ninth this year.

“A 5-1 win was a fair result, but Moore Creek never gave up and pushed hard playing some attractive football,” coach Tim Coates said.

James Kitcher bagged a brace, while Mitchell O’Keefe and Joel Carter both found the scorecard. OVA’s fifth goal an own goal.

“Our goal for the next two weeks is to iron out the kinks before our next game against Gunnedah,” Coates said.

“As we have the National Primary game break coming up this approaching weekend. Maintaining momentum and focus during this disrupted period of the season.”

“We will also focus on plenty of practice games at training to ensure we keep our game fitness.”

Down 4-0 at half time it was a far better second half for Moore Creek who conceded just the one goal and added to their own tally.

At Riverside, South United scored a strong win over North Companions. Having gone to the sheds with a 3-1 lead, Souths added a fourth goal in the second half to record a 4-1 win.

Stand-in coach Wes Clark described the match as a solid effort from the side, who sit third on the table.

“We started off a bit slow, turning over easy ball, giving North’s the opportunity to take a 1-0 lead in the first ten minutes,” he said.

“After 15-minutes we played the ball to feet well and had the majority of possession for the remainder of the half.”

Harry Pollock bagged a hattrick while it was not all good news with Justin Pendergast forced from the field with half hour remaining.

“Once again our defence was solid, but it truly was a great all-round team effort,” he said.

At the other end, North Companions could not do enough to hold out what coach Gavin Thompson described as a “faster and hungrier” Souths side.

“We had some other good chances, but we didn’t take them and then conceded a poor but well taken goal which changed the momentum of the game,” Thompson said.

17-year-old Kilian Apen drew strong praise from the Norths mentor on what was an otherwise tough day.

“Second half I think we had a fair amount of possession but didn’t really create too much, and then conceded a fourth goal late in the game from a sublime Harry Pollock free kick,” Thompson said.

In the round’s other match, Tamworth hammered home eight-goals to outclass Kootingal, 8-0.

Gunnedah had the bye.

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