A flurry of goals and a display of defensive dominance from start to finish saw Moreland City continue their fantastic winning run by defeating Goulburn Valley Suns 4-0 at Campbell Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
Goals to Osman Kose, Matthew Reid and substitutes, Ratti Cileli and Stelios Konstantinidis sealed the points for the home-side who kept their goal-difference lead over Dandenong City at the conclusion of Round 13.
The Suns got off to a hot start when one of their corners was almost turned home by Craig Carley inside the opening two minutes.
It took a while for the home-side to get into the game as the Suns locked the ball inside their attacking half and forced City into submission numerous times.
However, on a swift counter attack started by Apai Ukuno’s brilliant hold-up play to send Christopher Cristaldo on his merry way down the right-wing saw an opening for City when his cross found Jesse Makarounas whose scuffed shot was saved into the path of Kose who tapped home the opener against the run of play.
From there, City never looked back and Kose almost and probably should have had a second after he failed to divert another darting cross from Cristaldo.
Moments later, a superb in-swinging corner from Makarounas found the lumbering Reid who continued his scoring run with a powerful header to double the home-side’s advantage.
The former Green Gully defender is on a remarkable run at home as he scored his fourth goal in three consecutive home-games.
After half-time, City were in full control as they didn’t allow the Suns to build any momentum or attacks which was led brilliantly by Reid and Daniel Jones who marshalled everything out from the back, coupled by the work-horse efforts of Tyler James and Corey Thomas in the middle of the park.
As time was expiring at Campbell Reserve, there was still time for more goals and the substitute Cileli got on the end of a brilliant cross from Konstantinidis to put home Moreland’s third and the sealer after a nervous second-half.
It was also Cileli’s first goal since the opening round of the season against Springvale White Eagles and as a result breaking an eleven game run without a goal.
It wasn’t over yet for the home-side as Konstantinidis’ fantastic cameo off the bench was capped off with a superb finish to add some extra icing on the Moreland cake.
Moreland travel to St Albans next Sunday for a huge clash against the Saints while the Suns host Altona Magic on Saturday night.
Shots: Moreland – 24 GV Suns – 6
Shots On Goal: M – 9 GV – 2
Corners: M – 14 GV – 3
BROWNS CORNER HOTEL MAN OF THE MATCH: Jesse Makarounas
Continues to be a shrewd bit of business from Maurice Bisetto and co as he dazzles defenders with his trickery in the middle of the park. Constantly setting up opportunities for his attacking three and looks a class above in key moments. Set to be a huge part of our promotion push and with this sort of form, it will be all steam ahead right to the finish line.