Author: Craig MacKenzie

SOCCER ALEX Van Heerwarden’s wonder goal for Skye United and a controversial end to Peninsula Strikers’ round 10 contest were highlights of last weekend’s local fixtures. Frankston Pines, Mornington and Chelsea all faced setbacks to their promotion push while Rosebud won its second game of the season. Skye won 2-0 away to Brandon Park on Saturday in their State 2 clash and spectators lucky enough to be there were treated to the big Al show in the 12th minute. The former Langwarrin captain and central defender burst forward after defending a Brandon Park corner and was put through by a…

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SOCCER LANGWARRIN broke its winless run in style with a 6-1 mauling of Goulburn Valley Suns in Shepparton on Saturday. It took Scott Miller’s side three minutes to open its account with a superb solo effort from Jeremy Min Fa who dribbled past two opponents then curled the ball into the far corner from just outside the area. In the 24th minute Cal Goulding won possession and sent Kieran Dover clear on the right. Dover’s cutback was met first time by Tom Youngs and it was 2-0. Three minutes into the second half any chance of a Suns comeback ended…

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SOCCER DESPITE having a raft of senior players sidelined through injury Mornington defied all odds to record a 2-1 away win over high-flying Malvern City on Saturday. The Dallas Brooks Park club reacted to its injury plight with a clutch signing leading up to this contest. The Seagulls agreed terms with 27-year-old central defender Keagan Sheridan from Dandenong Thunder and his central defensive combination with the towering Josh Heaton was an important element of Saturday’s success. Campbell Steedman put Mornington ahead in the 27th minute when he broke clear and finished well but a knee injury forced captain Wayne Gordon…

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SOCCER MORNINGTON’s injury crisis, CJ Hodgson’s playing finale and Rosebud’s drought-breaking win in a nine-goal thriller were major talking points in an action-packed round 7 of the league season. Mornington’s woes started over a week ago when marquee striker Josh Hine was rushed to hospital and underwent an emergency appendectomy. He is expected to miss between four and six weeks. First-choice keeper Taylor Davidson was expected to return from suspension last weekend but on Friday he was in hospital having wisdom teeth removed. Davidson’s replacement Josh Gates broke down during the warm-up on Saturday and reserves keeper Jerry Swift was…

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SOCCER CJ HODGSON will make his 250th and final appearance for Frankston Pines on Saturday when the State 3 promotion contender takes on Elwood City at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve at 6pm. Hodgson’s battle to overcome post-concussion syndrome has forced the 28-year-old into early retirement. He was substituted in February after a head clash in a friendly against Mazenod and has not played since. He has a medical clearance to play this weekend but the risk of long-term and serious injury is too great to continue. You won’t hear a player or a club on the local scene with a…

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