City within striking distance

Berwick City''s Bryce Ziada has a sea of Heatherton United blue in front of him on Saturday. 182663

By Nick Creely

FOOTBALL FEDERATION VICTORIA

SOCCER WRAP – ROUND 14

STATE LEAGUE 1 – SOUTH EAST

Despite a torrid last month of football, Casey Comets pushed Beaumaris SC all the way to draw 1-1 in horror conditions on Saturday afternoon.

The Sharks and Comets played out a fiercely fought game, with Dejan Radojicic scoring the Comets’ only goal in the 50th minute.

As a result of the draw, the Comets remain in 10th spot with three wins, and will look to get a much needed win against Richmond SC at home this coming round.

In other results, Warragul United defeated Eltham Redbacks 3-1, while South Springvale went down in a heavy defeat to Manningham United, 4-0.

STATE LEAGUE 2 – SOUTH EAST

Berwick City remains within striking distance of top spot on the State League 2 ladder, defeating Heatherton United 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Jack Thomas Reserve.

It took until the 58th minute for City to strike, with skipper Orlando Mejias scoring his ninth goal for the season courtesy of a penalty, setting up the win.

Mejias was superb as per usual, leading from the front in trying conditions that tested the skills of both sides.

The City has one of the stingiest defences in the competition, and sit just two points away from top spot.

Doveton SC , meanwhile, solidified their position at the top of the ladder with an extraordinary 7-1 win over North Caulfield on Sunday.

The Doves took in a 3-1 lead at half time, but saved their best for the second half, scoring a further four goals in a dominant display.

Josh Frame was the star of the show, scoring an incredible hat-trick, while Wayne Gordon scored a brace, providing plenty of excitement.

It’s a tight race for top spots in the competition, with Doveton SC, Knox City, Brandon Park and Berwick City occupying the top four.

STATE LEAGUE 5 – SOUTH

Pakenham United gritted out a hard four 2-1 win over Endeavour Hills Fire on Saturday at Power Reserve, putting them in sixth spot.

United went into half time with a 1-0 lead, and managed to claim the points despite a Eid Sarwari goal, with Llewellyn Friend and Daniel Castillo scoring goals for the visitors.

In other matches, down at Somerville, Casey Panthers went down 4-1 to the Eagles, while Lyndale United continued its dominance with a 3-2 win over Rowville Eagles. Knox United also picked up a 4-2 win over White Star Dandenong, while Old Mentonians went down 2-0 to Chelsea FC at Mentone Grammar.

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