A CRAZY 23 goals were scored across five Shoalhaven Football venues on Saturday, highlighting the attacking exploits of a number of teams.
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This was especially the case at Gerringong Oval, where eight goals were scored between the Breakers and Bomaderry – a replay of last year’s decider.
Nathan Aldridge’s men were the first to score through Nick Evans before Kane Rowe equalised from the penalty spot – making it 1-all at the break.
Once again, the men in black and gold hit the front when Jordan Haddow scored before the hosts responded in a big way through Jordan Lando, who scored a second half hat-trick to make it 4-2.
But the Tigers weren’t done, scoring two late goals through Dave Hampton and Evans to share the points 4-all.
“Even though the game played out very similar, the squad we put on the park was a lot different to the last time we played against Bomaderry,” Breakers coach Jadon Lavington said.
“While I’m happy with the result, we need to concentrate on staying switched on for the whole game and not have lapses, which obviously hurt us on Saturday.
“In the draw, our young players stood out for me – Jack Packham and Michael Thistlethwaite are in particular stepping up and I hope that continues moving forward.”
The Tigers now sit in first place on 13 points, equal with joint leaders Culburra – who dismantled Illaroo at Sharman Park to the tune of 4-1.
Mitch Blundell, Shane Cooke, Jack Miller and Roy Miller scored for the Cougars while Illaroo’s goal was scored by Sam Leedham.
Sitting in fourth are Milton/Ulladulla who edged out Shoalhaven Heads/Berry at Vic Zealand Oval 2-1.
Zane Wilson and Martin Moran found the back of the net for the Panthers, while the Sharks, who played the majority of the match with 10-men, had Jye Finlay score their lone goal.
Elsewhere, Paul Cubbo’s St Georges Basin Dragons chalked up their first win of the season on Saturday at the Thompson Street Sporting Complex.
In the win against Sussex Inlet, Connor MacQueen scored two absolute screamers, as Jake Moffatt added the third.
The Seahawks youngest player on the field, Riley Jarrett, scored the hosts goal in the loss.
The final match of the round saw Huskisson/Vincentia return to the winner’s circle be defeating Shoalhaven United 3-1 at the Huskisson Sporting Fields.
Gary Neimeier, Lewis Archibald and Nick Gelle scored for the Seagulls while debutante Jack Rombouts scored for the Bears.
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