SEBASTOPOL Vikings had to fend off a Truganina Hornets revival.
It should not have panned out like this – the Vikings had their chances to blow apart the game early.
Instead they finished with a 3-2 win in Football Federation Victoria men’s state league five.
The Vikings went one-on-one with the Hornets goalkeeper about five times and missed every time on a heavy pitch at St George’ s Reserve on Saturday.
They chalked up two goals in the first half and went up 3-nil in the second.
While the Hornets nabbed two late goals, Viking Rod Oppenhuise said the Vikings’ control was never really threatened.
“It’s not like we were under pressure but we should’ve been up more,” Oppenhuise said.
“This is what happens when you don’t take your chances.”
Marcus Lynch, Ryan Rykers and Daniel Aggett were the Vikings’ three goal kickers.
Lynch was dominant up front while Matt Jamison was pivotal through the midfield.
Oppenhuise said it was still a good win but the Vikings, ranked fifth, must regroup to meet the third-placed Point Cook next week.
Point Cook boasts former Australian and international professional footballers Joe Spiteri and Danny Tiatto.
While both are aged 40 now, Oppenhuise said the pair still had impressive skill.
The Vikings drew Point Cook in Ballarat early in the season and expect Point Cook to serve up another tough challenge, this time on their turf.
This will be a good test for the Vikings in their debut state league season.
Oppenhuise said this year had been a great learning experience for the club and, despite a mid-season lull with a lack in depth, the Vikings have been answering the challenge well.
The Vikings have three rounds to play to finish the season.