Braces from Adrian Curtain and Kuanyjal Tuany helped Sebastopol Vikings record an emphatic victory on the road to Newmarket Phoenix.
The Football Federation Victoria men’s state league four west leaders kept their two-point lead at the top of the competition with a resounding 5-1 win on Saturday afternoon.
After going behind early, the Vikings leveled the scores thanks to a cracking long-range strike from Curtain and went ahead when Ibrahim Ghulami found the net shortly after.
Curtain then converted a penalty to give the visitors a 3-1 advantage at the break.
Tuany then joined in on the fun with a goal not long after the restart and another just before the full time whistle.
Sebastopol coach Corey Smith was pleased with the performance from his boys after an uncertain build-up to the game.
There was the potential for another fiery encounter after the round four clash between the two sides was abandoned when the Phoenix failed to return to the pitch for the second half at St Georges Reserve.
There had been some heated exchanges between players from both sides before the game was eventually abandoned.
Sebastopol was leading 5-0 when the game finished.
“I thought considering it was a pretty intimidating environment with the lead-up to the game and some of the misconceptions about what it was going to be like, we handled it pretty well,” Smith said while praising both teams for playing the game in good spirit.
“We took over the game pretty early on and we were dominant for the whole match until it was 4-1.”
Smith said Pietro Angeli suffered an ankle injury during the clash on Saturday.
The Vikings take on third-placed Bell Park next weekend.