SYDENHAM Park brought down the curtain on the Ballarat Red Devils’ era at Trekardo Park with an emphatic win in Football Federation Victoria state league two on Saturday.
Sydenham handed out a 4-0 defeat for the Haymes Red Devils to continue the Ballarat combination’s woes.
The Reds always faced a tall order against the fifth team, but had hoped to farewell the venue on a winning note ahead of the move to the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility at Morshead Park next year.
This never appeared likely in a game which was a snapshot of the Reds’ season.
Sydenham took the lead early with a counter attack – scoring after initially hitting the post and scoring.
While Ballarat struggled to get any shots on goal, it was a different story at the other end of the pitch with young Reds goalkeeper Henry Wines forced to make saves and he could do nothing three minutes into injury time when a half clearance fell to a Sydenham forward and the visitors scored.
Sydenham needed only another minute to score again and the game was as good as gone for Ballarat.
Simon Murphy and Bolish Salvatore were substituted in to the game at half-time and it was Murphy in the opening three minutes who finally had the Reds’ first shot on target.
Murphy went closer whan a header hit the crossbar, but there was to be no goal.
Sydneham Park then showed how it should be done with a goal against the run of play from a free-kick.
With time running out Michael Trigger and Dom Swinton had chanced to get on the scoresheet, but missed from 10 metres.
Reds coach Sinisa Cohadzic said it was disappointing that on such a big occasion it was one of Ballarat’s worst performances of the year.
“It was a poor effort all over the ground except from our youngest player Henry Wines, who saved us from a bigger defeat.
“Saying that, we still had chances to score, but as it has been the case all year, our finishing was very poor,” he said.