Geelong edged out Bell Park in derby while a stirring comeback from Melton Phoenix saw them progress in the latest round of Westfield FFA Cup matches in Victoria.
The Peninsula Strikers defeated local rivals Skye United 3-0 on a warm Sunday afternoon at Centenary Park to progress to the third round of the Westfield FFA Cup.
Goals from Ibraim Ibraimi, Alex Hopson and an own goal from Skye’s Daniel Attard settled a rather bruising contest which showed no signs of love lost between the two near neighbours.
An action-packed first half saw Strikers left back Ezekiel Yinka-Kehinde launching a storming run out from defence before blasting his shot over the bar from just outside the box.
The hosts should have found the back of the net when Ibraimi’s free-kick into the area was met by the head of Callum Richardson who fired his header wide off target.
Undeterred by the more illustrious opponents, United managed to string together a few chances of their own with Sean Ellicott’s leaping header cleared off the goal line.
Elsewhere in Round 2 action, Peninsula’s Zagame's State League Two South East counterparts Doveton recorded a 2-1 victory over State League 5 North side RMIT FC on Saturday afternoon. Daniel Jones gave the visitors a surprise 20th minute lead only for the hosts to seal their progression into the next round thanks to two strikes either side of half time from Stephen Begue.
In Geelong, Bell Park suffered late heartbreak going down to a 94th minute extra-time strike by Geelong’s Marc McCafferty.
in what was perhaps the game of the round, the Melton Phoenix defeated Sporting Whittlesea 4-3 on penalties after the match had finished all square at 3-3 after 120 minutes. Phoenix striker Jordan Borg proved to be the hero thanks to his hat-trick in addition to a successful penalty.
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