Vikings claim first FFV victory for season

SEBASTOPOL Vikings have secured their first victory of the year in emphatic fashion.

The Vikings, winless from the opening four rounds of the Football Federation Victoria men’s state league four season, crushed strugglers Laverton Park in Altona Meadows on Saturday.

A 4-0 thumping came thanks to a second half brace from Will Georgiou and goals from Marcus Lynch and Laurence Tombe in his first match back at the club from the Ballarat Red Devils.

Senior coach Michael Busija said the display had been on the cards for a few weeks.

As well as Georgiou, he praised the efforts of midfielders Matt Jamieson and Alex Antonelli, and a defensive quartet that was barely troubled all afternoon.

The result followed the withdrawal of key forward Kyran Taylor with a hamstring injury at training during the week.

“Four-nil was nothing short of what we deserved. The performance could have been five or six goals quite easily,” Busija said.

“(It took) longer than we probably would have thought but we could see we were building in the right direction and it was pleasing to get the result that our performances had probably warranted earlier.”

Busija said it was full steam ahead for the remainder of the season, starting with a tough home clash against second-placed Strathmore this coming Saturday.

“It’s just forward from here. It’s a tough game against Strathmore to come. We should be confident and, feeling our best, will beat anything else that Strathmore can throw at us,” Busija said.

Saturday’s victory has lifted the Vikings to ninth on the ladder and follows the previous round’s 1-1 draw with Maribyrnong Greens.

tim.oconnor@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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