by EAFC Media
A magnificent double strike by Jordan Oosterhof off the bench was enough for Ellerslie to beat Uni-Mt Wellington Bohemian Celtic at Michaels Ave on Saturday afternoon.
An earlier goal by Ben Hughes for Ellerslie opened the scoring before Jordan powered in a volley for his first goal from the edge of the area and then outdid his first goal by grabbing a diving header not long after that – a great reward for Oosterhof who is looking good after shaking off a couple of recent knee injuries in the past two seasons.
In the curtain raiser the young Ellerslie Reserves kept up their good form by notching a 4-0 win over a committed Bohs side who were coached by former Ellerslie stars Lewis and Nick Parke. In that game Finn Rathbone (the youngest in a long line of Rathbone’s) notched a quality double from left back, a close range strike from Patrick before Shak grabbed the fourth.
For the First Team Kyrylo Bolharyn stepped up to take Div’s place between the sticks as the latter was in Fiji sorting out wedding plans and Marius Weihrauch stepped up from Reserves after recovering from an achilles niggle to take a spot in midfield.
The pitch had a good covering of the wet stuff during the reserves game so the surface was at it’s premium condition for the game and it was also a debut NRFL middle for Lee Juno (great to see young talent given a shot in the elite refereeing ranks!).
The game started off with a bang as both teams exploded into their work early and a bit of niggle and tension showing, with Marius getting stuck into his new role in the midfield, hitting tackles and regaining possession – a great shift in a role we have not seen from him before.
The entire first half was a bit of a seesaw battle – Ellerslie edging possession but not finding that clear chance to match the efforts in keeping the ball and while Kyrylo was not overly busy in goal it looked like Bohs could put together a string of passes and cause us a problem if we let our guard down.
When the first half whistle went we had no score and both teams headed to the sheds with something to hold onto for the second half – Ellerslie made a few changes as Ben Hughes entered the field for Rowan and Jordan Oosterhof replaced Denny Twigg and Karar Sohrabi took Olly Chiaroni’s spot on the wing.
Dylan who along with Marius and Aalok started to create a few more chances in midfield and one of those attacking forays ended up with Ben Hughes being played to feet in the box as he found space inbetween the Bohs centrebacks and a nice calm finish low past the keeper opened the scoring records in this match.
Then up stepped Jordan Oosterhof who made his mark on this fixture with a sweet side volley on his right foot from just inside the box – Jordan has always had excellent technique and a bit of flair so it was nice to see him put both of those things together for that goal. He wasn’t finished though and only a couple of minutes later he got on the end of a free kick into the box that dropped between the Boh’s defensive line and the keeper and Jordan needed no 2nd invitation to pounce on the indecision and he nipped in and with perfect technique smashed a close range diving header over the Boh’s keeper and into the back of the net.
So that meant we were up 3-0 and to be honest while we had missed some chances we were were not really running away from the game – we were doing enough to be infront but we were not ramming our foot down on the gas pedal.
Bohs who had battled away for the whole game grabbed a goal back with a nice deft finish on what was probably a half chance but that goal gave them some impetuous to get back into the game and that they did, hitting a few more tackles and grabbing a late 2nd goal to make Ellerslie nervous for the last 5 mins or so of the contest.
However the Ponies held on and grabbed another pre-season win, which while it means nothing on the league table it’s nice to have a winning edge from pre-season.
Next week we have the National U17’s Tournament at Western Springs which will involve a number of our reserves players so we don’t have an official game scheduled but we may do an inter-squad game.
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