BOMADERRY came into their own in the second half on Saturday afternoon, where they claimed a 4-1 win against Illaroo at Sharman Park.
The old cliche ‘it’s a game of two halves’ was certainly true, with the score still being nil-all at the break, before Bomaderry scored all four of their goals in the second.
Bomaderry coach Doug Foley said it was not through lack of chances in the first half, but they were just unable to capitalise on their opportunities.
After a reassessment at the break, the floodgates opened for Bomaderry in the second half, with the deadlock finally broken after 60 minutes.
Bomaderry scored their first when Matt Kellett passed the ball through to Michael Hampton, who made amends for an earlier missed opportunity, by slotting it into the back of the net.
With the monkey off their back, Bomaderry continued to lift and they had their second five minutes later when Brad Bailey absolutely nailed it through the keepers outstretched arms from a free kick.
The lead was extended to three with 15 minutes remaining, when Dave Hampton made the most of a blunder from Illaroo to make it 3-nil.
The home side finally had something to smile about when Evan Leedham slotted a freakish free kick into the top far corner, but there was to be no late comeback.
Bomaderry put the final nail in the coffin with five minutes remaining when Mitch Cornell scored their fourth goal of the afternoon.
Bomaderry coach Doug Foley said he was very happy with the result.
“From our perspective, it was a great result and they all played very well,” he said.
“I think we were rewarded for our effort in the second, where we put our chances away and we didn’t have those little defensive lapses either,” he added.
Foley said it was hard to single anyone out in what he thought was a great team performance, but said Daniel Frew, Mitch Cornell and Matt Kellett were the standouts.
Next week is a double-header for the competition with the long weekend, which will see Bomaderry take on Huskisson on Saturday and Culburra on Monday.
“It really didn’t surprise me that Huskisson got a draw against United, they are a good side, so we certainly won’t be taking them lightly,” Foley said.
“As for Culburra, they’re going well, but we know they’re not unbeatable.
“I always love the challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”
The South Coast Register was unable to reach Illaroo coach Andrew Timbs for comment.