Basin gets monkey of their back

ST Georges Basin have recorded their first win of the 2014 Shoalhaven Football season in spectacular fashion on Saturday in their local derby against Huskisson at Huskisson Sporting Field.

The match was drawn at 1-all with one minute left on the clock, however the visitors were not done yet, and a smashing goal to reserve grade fill-in Mitchell Brown had the whole of the Basin team on their feet in jubilation.

Despite Basin’s coach Scott Aldridge being absent, under the tutelage of Andrew Mellier, Basin stepped up to do both coaches proud and played their best game of the season.  

Going into the clash the two teams were evenly matched, with both giving some of the top teams a run for their money in previous rounds.

This was certainly the case on Saturday with the possession shared between Basin and Huskisson with the ball going from end to end.

Basin got their first mark on the scoreboard midway through the first half after an accurate pass from Dane McQinn found Chris Nation, who shot the ball past the Huskisson goal keeper to make it 1-nil.

Huskisson tried hard to equalise during the remainder of the half, but the Basin back line proved hard to penetrate, and the score remained 1-nil at half-time.

At the start of the second half Huskisson left no-one questioning their hunger for the win and quickly equalised, catching Basin off guard with a well-deserved goal.

Basin switched back on for the remainder of the game, and just like the first half, the ball went from end to end.

Basin made some structural changes, and a few of their reserve grade players were given a run.

Just when both teams thought they may have to settle for a draw, Basin sealed the deal in the remaining minute.

Some great lead-up work saw Wade Garrin make a stunning tackle on a Huskisson attacking player, to pass to McGinn, who drew past three Huskisson players to square the ball to Brown, who found the back of the net.

Senior Basin club player Dave Brown said the team were happy to finally have the monkey off their back.

“They played really well. It was the best they have played all season. They really put it in for each other,” he said.

“It was good to see some great ball work and great passing.”

Best for Basin were Brandon Labb, George Haberley, Nation and McGinn.

Huskisson coach Ian Osterloh could not be reached for comment.

Next week Basin will play Culburra, while Huskisson will come up against Shoalhaven United.

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