Melbourne Dynamo Reserves Crowned DCFA Junior Cup South 2017-18 Champions!

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Melbourne Dynamo Reserves scored two goals in quick succession to beat Rolls-Royce Leisure 2-0

Match Photographer: James Williamson
Match Highlights Courtesy of In-Play Sports
Match Report by Jamie Griffiths

Melbourne Dynamo Reserves scored two goals in a minute before the break to beat Rolls-Royce Leisure 2-0 in a tightly contested DCFA Junior Cup South Final.

The game was a slow burner as both defences stood firm and refused to give the opposition any room to create an opportunity, with crunching challenges being the highlight for the first 20 minutes.

Joe Shadbolt had the first real chance of the game after 24 minutes when he fired a low effort wide of the left hand post after winning the ball on the edge of the box for Melbourne.

Rolls-Royce played some lovely football throughout the game but only crafted out their first chance after half an hour when Steven Taylor got by his man out wide on the left and curled an effort wide of the right hand post when the keeper came out to meet him.

Alistair Aitken was the next one to get in a decent position for Rolls-Royce, but he fired his effort straight at Andrew Mackin from the edge of the box. Mackin was then well placed to deal with Ben Webster's effort after he turned his man and shot from range.

Just as Rolls-Royce began to create a couple of chances, Melbourne went down the other end and bagged not just one, but two goals in the space of a minute. First Harry Foxon headed home at the back post from a deep right wing cross before Joe Shadbolt took the ball past his man with his first touch and guided it beyond the keeper into the bottom corner.

Half Time: Rolls-Royce Leisure 0 Melbourne Dynamo Reserves 2

A resolute defensive display from Melbourne limited the chances in the second half as Rolls-Royce picked up the tempo to find a way back into the game.

They did get a half chance just after the break when a deep cross from the left was headed towards goal, but the ball dropped onto the roof of the net.

In between two changes, David Thorne was the next Rolls-Royce player to get a small chance after getting away from his marker but his driven effort was well saved.

After the hour mark Shadbolt looked to continue Melbourne's fine finishing but his headed effort was sent over the bar.

The game became scrappy as Melbourne looked to shut Rolls-Royce out but as the clock ticked on, they had their two best opportunities to score and get back into the game.

With four minutes of normal time left to play, Rolls-Royce played a short corner and worked the ball into the box on the right. They picked out a man on the edge of the six yard box, but, under pressure, he could only spin and hit his effort over the bar.

Mackin then thwarted Rolls-Royce in the third minute of added time when he showed great reactions to get down low to save a deflected effort from close range.

That proved to be the last action of the match as the referee blew his whistle shortly afterwards, much to the delight of Melbourne's bench, who jumped up in celebration as they claimed the DCFA Junior Cup South with a 2-0 win.

Full Time: Rolls-Royce Leisure 0 Melbourne Dynamo Reserves 2

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