Geographe Bay Seasiders nearly let slip a win over Harvey Hawks

It was a hard fought win for the Geographe league side who played Harvey. Photo supplied.
It was a hard fought win for the Geographe league side who played Harvey. Photo supplied.

The Seasiders Division Two side kicked off the home fixture with an outstanding win over Australind, dominating the game from start to finish with a run away 8-0 win to start the day.

Geographe took the game to Australind from the first whistle, pressing high and unsettling the defence with new signing Dan Pickavance scoring the first of his debut hatrick after 10 minutes.

The pressure continued to be applied and five minutes later Jon Ricciardoni took advantage of the advancing keeper to lob a cheeky goal over his head. Geographe pressed again and Pickavance was again rewarded with a goal after a well placed pass from Matt Hemblen found his boot and Pickavance carefully slotted home a half volley past the keeper.

Geographe were 3-0 up at half time and came out with the same attacking attitude in the second half with Jamie King rattling the underside of the crossbar after only two minutes.

Joe Blakey was also unlucky with his header denied by the keeper.

Pickavance was time and again showing his blistering pace, carving through the midfield and defence, working some great passages of play with the Hemblen father and son duo, Ashton Stojanovski and Sean McSevich dominating across the park.

The Geographe defence from the first whistle was solid as a rock with Jack Sweatman showing poise and maturity, easily accounting for any pressure from the Australind strikers.

Pickavance again scored, this time with a superb long range drive from outside the box, the ball curling left to right into the top corner, the keeper not knowing what happened.

Moments after the kickoff, Hamblen showed there was pace left in those old legs, easily cutting a path through the defence to bury one in the net.

The attacking pressure continued with Australind having no answer to the Geo game, the Geo defence repelling every attack.

Jack Sweatman showed some magic and a solid work rate, making some strong runs out of defence on a number of occasions, finally being rewarded with a well placed goal past the keeper.

Australind had no answer to the aggressive attacking play, certainly unable to prevent a strong push through defence from Sean McSevich before unselfishly flicking the ball over the defenders head to allow Jon Ricciardoni his second for the morning.

Scott Murphy rounded out an outstanding game with a omposed strike from inside the 18 yard box to give Geographe a well deserved 8-0 win.

The Busselton Toyota player of the match could have been applied to everyones' performance but Jack Sweatman stood out with an outstanding game.

Geographe Division One arrived at their home ground buoyed by their demolition of Blackwood the week prior.

In glorious sunshine it was Harvey who presented a more attacking style of football intent on pressing our defense and creating chances, but they couldn't capitalise.

It was 15 minutes before Geographe found their groove, Tom Light and Luke Evans were finding plenty of football through the middle.

But it was Myles Godden and Juliano Ferminio, both playing out wide, servicing Mayers and Polkinghorne up front, who were causing the biggest headache for the Hawks.

The constant pressure allowed Mayers and Polkinghorne time and space to run at the defence and after 25 minutes a great passage of play orchestrated by Ferminio saw Polkinghorne free inside the box with only the keeper to beat.

Geographe now switched on and began playing with confidence started to dominate deep into the first half. Some great play through the middle, Geographe using the width found room and space and after a great passage of play the ball was pushed through to Polkinghorne who evaded their fullback calmly, went around the advancing keeper and slotted his second of the half.

Geographe went into the main break in control, but words of caution were expressed as the score didn't reflect Harvey's endeavour.

Geographe started as they finished the first half with plenty of ball use across the park, Light, Evans, Ferminio and Myles Godden were dominant in the middle, and with the fresh legs up front, Harry Carroll and Polkinghorne were only denied by the outstanding Harvey keeper.

A resulting turnover saw a great ball split our defence where the Harvey striker, with pace and poise beat the advancing Manning.

It was a wake up call for the Geographe boys as the Hawks found their next gear and with momentum started to press our defence.

Cool heads were needed and it was Chris Godden who calmed the defence, Jon Snape, Jack Sweatman, Marin Goldsmidt all showed composure under pressure.

They repelled each attack with quality balls to their midfield, who in turn found Polkinghorne out wide on the right.

His advancing run through Harvey's defence, inside the box he was brought down, penalty given and the spot kick specialist, Light slammed it home. It was 3-1, with 25 minutes gone into the second half but the Hawks were not going down easy .

Harvey were building, some nice passages of play, with some serious intent to score the Hawks pressed forward and it was after Geographe failed to clear, the ball found Snape's chest, inside the box and a penalty was awarded for a handball.

The Harvey striker stepped up and easily converted, a furious and frustrated Manning demanding more from the Geographe players. With 15 minutes to go, Geographe pressed forward and had numerous chances to put the game to bed but it was the Harvey keeper who excelled.

At the end of the game, it was a hard fought and sometimes not pretty win by the Seasiders.

The Retravision player of the day went to Myles Godden who had a standout game on the left.

Special mention to Ben Polkinghorne who again nabbed a brace and earned the penalty and to Tom Light who was outstanding in his central midfield role.