Sunday, August 16, 2009

Nelson easily account for DOSA

Photos (Top to Bottom): Nelson squad; DOSA squad: Nelson's Natsuki Futumura was playing his final game for the club; ball juggling in the DOSA penalty area; Nelson's Tom Gordon has a dig; the ball flashes past DOSA keeper Justin Farrugia and Gordon has scored to make it 2-0; DOSA substitute Jeremy Parry and friend warm up

Fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs moved six points ahead of fifth-ranked Northern Suburbs DOSA when they won their Division One encounter 2-0 at North Warrane today.

Nelson led 2-0 at the break and, despite playing into a fierce breeze in the second half, held on for a comfortable victory.

Even with the elements in their favour in the second half, DOSA were reluctant to shoot from range and paid the penalty.

Nelson attacked from the opening whistle and youngster Jordan Brighella put them in front in the 16th minute.

DOSA failed to deal with a cross and, when a defender inadvertently played the ball into Brighella’s path, he smashed it past keeper Justin Farrugia to make it 1-0.

Tom Gordon scored his second league goal for the club in the 26th minute with a long-range effort to give the home side a 2-0 lead at the break.

Despite being without key defender Craig Stockdale, Nelson held DOSA at bay in the second half and might even have added to their tally.

Gordon was clean through on goal near the end, but fired over the bar when he should really have scored.

“We were well in control in the first half and might have scored more in the second, but it was three points and a good win,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.

DOSA coach, Joe O’Hea, lamented the late start to the game, which meant it had to be shortened by about 10 minutes, making it a little more difficult for his team to get back into contention.

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