MARYBOROUGH cruelly lost against local rivals O’Moore’s in their CCFL Division 3 clash on Sunday. With only 12 players available they played brilliantly but two goals in injury time cost them the game.
With a depleted squad Maryborough played their game plan perfectly, frustrating an O’Moore’s team which has been running riot in Division 3 this season.
O’Moore’s had some early chances but Maryborough easily dealt with every attack. On a rare attack Maryborough took the lead after half an hour. Maryborough pressured the O’Moore’s backline and a loose pass was intercepted by Nathan da Silva. His header was picked up by Sean Hofmeister whose shot curled passed the keeper and nestled into the corner of the net.
O’Moore’s pushed for a goal but Maryborough held out until half time.
It was more of the same from O’Moore’s at the start of the second half but again they could not get through a brilliant Maryborough defence.
Maryborough were tiring with 25 minutes left and O’Moore’s capitalised. A long shot was mishandled by the Maryborough keeper and it spilled into the goals.
Maryborough heads dropped and they were a goal down five minutes later. A free kick outside the box on the left wing was swung in low and hard. It deflected off a Maryborough leg and in.
It sparked Maryborough into life and they equalised with 15 minutes left. The tireless Hofmeister was fouled just outside the box. He dusted himself off and sent the free kick into the corner of the net.
With only a minute of normal time left Maryborough took the lead. Again Hofmeister was brilliant. A clearance from Maryborough found him on halfway. The O’Moore’s defender seemed to stop the attack but Hofmeister was quick to get back on the ball. After a nice touch he was one on one with the keeper and he made no mistake.
With the game going into injury time the tiredness showed with Maryborough as they conceded two soft goals to allow O’Moore’s to take the victory out of Maryborough’s grasp.
It was cruel on Maryborough as they played perfectly, frustrating O’Moore’s and taking their chances when they came. Even though O’Moore’s looked the stronger team, Maryborough fully deserved the lead they had.
Every player played superbly and it ended so cruelly for them.
MARYBOROUGH: Troy Fagan, Kevin Phelan, Seamus Lawless, Donal O’Driscoll, Bren Molloy, Chris Coleman, Gar Dunne, Nathan da Silva, Mykol Harper, Adam Mulhall, Sean Hofmeister.