Sutherland continued its run of good form with a comprehensive 4-1 victory against a competitive Granville side at Melita Stadium.
This was a game that could have been much closer than the final score line would suggest as Granville had the capacity to cause Sutherland problems in defence throughout the game which was never over until late on.
Sutherland started brightly and took an early lead in the 7th minute when Jett Cavanagh was set free on the left hand side by Aidan Dennis. Cavanagh’s pace took him in behind the Granville defence and when he squared the ball across goal expertly taking the Granville keeper out of the play he found Callum Talbot arriving late at the far post and although the Granville defender’s last ditch block kept out Talbot’s first effort he was to make no mistake with the rebound burying it into the net.
A dry, dusty and uneven surface played a big part in what was to prove a rather scrappy affair for the remainder of the first half as both teams struggled to dictate play although Sutherland continued to threaten from wide areas.
Shortly before half time Sutherland came close to doubling its lead when Matt Weston burst forward from midfield and was released by a fantastic through ball from Damien Deidda. As Weston composed himself to shoot the ball took a bobble resulting in his shot not only clearing the keeper but unfortunately for Sutherland it also drifted just wide of the post.
At half time the match remained at 1-0 with the result firmly in the balance.
It didn’t take long after the break for Sutherland to extend its lead and it was a lightning quick counter-attack that cut open the Granville defence. Damian Deidda, receiving the ball in his own half, turned and spotted the diagonal, cross field run of Jett Cavanagh who then released the recently introduced Max Sidney on the right with a first time pass. Sidney drove forward before releasing a great cross into the heart of the Granville area which just evaded the defender and fell to Sam Amey who had a made a great supporting run from midfield and had the time to bring the ball under control, set himself and find the corner of the net with a measured finish.
Sutherland were in the ascendancy now with attacks raining in from all areas of the park and it was no surprise when they went further ahead on 36 minutes and this time it was Max Sidney getting on the score sheet himself with an unstoppable shot from just inside the area following impressive work again from Damian Deidda and Jett Cavanagh in the build-up.
Granville were far from beaten though and got a glimpse of a come-back a few minutes later when following a slight deflection the forward’s shot looped up and over the helpless Thomas Horne in the Sutherland goal.
This could have led to a nervy end to the game for Sutherland but to their credit the defence weathered the storm and then the Sharks managed to put the game beyond Granville’s reach with another fantastic team goal on the counter to catch out Granville as they committed players forward in search of a second goal for themselves.
Jett Cavanagh again had a major hand in the goal after being set free by a perfectly timed and weighted through ball from Tristan Maher. Cavanagh took the ball in his stride to break free of the defenders and although the ball held up on the edge of the area he showed great composure by unselfishly drawing the keeper before squaring the ball to Damian Deidda who made no mistake to make the score 4-1 and with only a few minutes remaining there was to be no come back for Granville.
It was another fine performance to set Sutherland up for what promises to be their toughest test so far away to Manly at Cromer Park on Sunday 12th August.