Score: 9 - 0
Goals: Oliver 5, Bernard, Leopold, Pianese, Rodriquez
Match report by Miles Rodriquez
Monash University Reserves returned to the winners circle yesterday after a 9:0 thrashing of White Star Dandenong.
Only 6 points separated the two teams at the beginning of the round, however, Monash proved that they didn’t deserve their 10th position on the ladder, playing White Star off the park.
Simon Oliver started as centre forward for the first time this season and it proved to be a master stroke from manager de la Torre as he opened the scoring before the Dandenong goalkeeper had time to reach puberty. After having a goal disallowed on his debut four weeks earlier, Miles Rodriquez dribbled the static back line and doubled the Monash advantage.
Against significantly depleted opposition, Oliver doubled his own tally after a long ball from James Bernard. The match was wrapped up 15 minutes before halftime when Kandyliotis controlled the ball outside the box, turned, nutmegged and crossed for Leopold to turn in at the back post.
The second half was academic as Monash looked to boost their goal difference. Oliver added three more; Bernard claimed a goal that looked as though it was put in by the defender and then the teams captain Pianese came on as a late substitute and finished the wrought with his second goal of the season.
Strong performances from Rosario, Kandyliotis and the recovering Malios made the win possible for Monash. The team now sits equal 8th position on the ladder with Noble Park, one win away from the top 5. White Star still sit firmly on the bottom.