Hawks bounce back
The Adelaide Hills Hawks senior team defeated a tough Adelaide Victory side with a resounding 4 -1 win in their first home game back in State League 1.
In an eventful game the home side responded in an emphatic fashion after their poor performance against Playford the week before.
It was a special day for midfielder Daniel Pauli who celebrated his 100th game for the club. Pauli responded with a polished performance punctuated with heart and passion.
The coaching team had to do a bit of reshuffling with the loss of the experienced Jake Forrester so talented youngster Reece Markham was put into in defensive backline. Nathan Elliott was shifted into defensive midfield position and deadly Dan Hosking was pushed into the forward line to support Ollie Grant.
The first 40 mins was an arm wrestle with both sides trying to gain the ascendancy in midfield. Right fullback Nick Walker had his hands full dealing with Victory’s skilful Japanese left winger but he responded with a polished and composed performance.
The Hawks broke the deadlock 3 mins before half time with a clever through ball by Grant that found Hosking. The clever striker rounded the keeper and slotted in from a narrow angle much to the delight of the home supporters.
It was a positive vibe in the changerooms at halftime with the coaching staff delighted with the hard work and recovery runs from the Hawks players.
The home side continued the work hard and they doubled their lead on the 55mim mark when Hosking curled in a delightful free kick from 20 metres out into the top left hand corner.
Talented youngster Jarrah Gardener was introduced on 65 mins and he had an immediate effect when he drove into the penalty area only to be fouled. Referee Henry Day awarded a penalty which Hosking duly converted for his hatrick.
The game heated up as a contest with some fiery challenges from both sides. Victory’s skipper was sent off on the 70 min mark after a rash challenge and the visitors were reduced to 10 men. Talented forwards Sam Bowman and Callum Hutchins were introduced into the Hawks front third. The home side capitalised on having an extra player and the wily Bowman finished with aplomb with a slide rule finish on the 80 min mark.
To Victory’s credit they fought hard until with final whistle and were rewarded with a penalty late in injury time to make the score 4-1. In the end it was a welcome win for the Hawks as they opened their account for the season. Best in a great all round display were Hosking, Pauli, Walker and Ryles.
The Hawks now face a strong Birkalla side on Sat night at Woodside with the seniors kicking off at 7pm.