Southern Ettalong United retains fourth spot
Southern Ettalong United has retained fourth spot on the ladder after defeating Terrigal 6-2 in Central Coast Premier League competition on Sunday, July 31.
Keith Gumbs delivered a hat trick to help steer Southern Ettalong to the win.
Having only had one game in the last five weeks along with limited training sessions, Southern Ettalong went into the clash against third-placed Terrigal knowing they would have to start well and on the front foot.
They took the lead after seven minutes when Matt Caisley rounded the Terrigal keeper to open the scoring.
Southern doubled their lead four minutes later when central defender Todd Balneaves found Charlie Polson with a diagonal pass in behind the Terrigal defence.
With calm execution, Charlie found the right-hand corner of the net.
Terrigal's first goal came thanks to Ben Flakus who struck the ball from the edge of the area.
An under-weighted back pass to the Terrigal keeper was chased down by Keith Gumbs and after a deflection from the keeper, Keith scored with his left foot to extend Southern's lead to 3-1.
However, Terrigal fought back through Erik Riquelme, scoring off a corner to finish an exciting and entertaining first half.
Straight after the halftime break, Keith Gumbs pounced onto a through ball to clinically drive his shot past the Terrigal goalkeeper to again have his side extend their lead to two goals.
The contest remained even until the 80th minute when Jacob Lepre blasted the ball into the roof of the net to make it 5-2 for Southern Ettalong.
Keith Gumbs completed a well-deserved hat trick when he converted from the penalty spot with less than five minutes to go to make the final score 6-2.
Southern Ettalong coach Dale Eggleton was happy with his players' performance but said they must be even better when they faced the league leaders.
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