Buninyong won a high-scoring encounter with Ballarat North United in round two action of the Ballarat and District Soccer Association division one.
The Redbacks prevailed 5 goals to 4 in a shootout. The teams went goal for goal until Buninyong skipped clear at 5-3, North managing a late goal as the Redbacks won its first game of the season.
HEADER: Buninyong's Jonah Healey looks to find a teammate during its BDSA division one clash against Ballarat North United, the Redbacks prevailed 5-4. Pictures: Dylan Burns
In the remaining division one matches, Sebastopol Vikings made it two from two to start the season with a 3-0 win over Warrnambool. Temi Okoosi opened the Vikings’ account after 13 minutes before Brandon Bosher doubled the lead after 31 minutes. Michael Busija put the result beyond doubt after 67 minutes with Sebastopol’s third.
GOAL: Ballarat North United teammates Tim Beggs and Oliver Richardson celebrate one of the team's four goals in its loss to Buninyong on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Victoria Park took home a 2-1 win after conceding the opening goal. Vic Park’s first goal came courtesy of a penalty before Jake Sartori kicked what would prove to be the match-winner early in the second half.
In the women’s division one, Ballarat Eureka Strikers made an encouraging start to its time in the league.
TUSSLE: Ballarat's Kirsten Rush is pressured by Ballarat Striker Madeline Dodds during its BDSA women's division one clash.
The club’s under-16s, who have been pushed up to division one, gave a great account of themselves, defeating Ballarat 1-0 – a side that enjoyed a 9-0 round one victory.
Eliza Schembri made the breakthrough after 55 minutes to set-up the win.
Elsewhere, Bacchus Marsh and Forest Rangers were locked at 2-2 approaching the 90-minute mark, before Skye Fenyk found the back of the net after 85 minutes to put her side in front – the Rangers posting a 3-2 victory. While Sebastopol and Warrnambool shared the points, fighting out a 0-0 draw.
Sebastopol Vikings 3 d Warrnambool Rangers 0; Victoria Park 2 d Ballarat 1; Buninyong 5 d Ballarat North United 4
DIVISION ONE WOMEN'S
Warrnambool Rangers 0 drew with Sebastopol Vikings 0; Ballarat Eureka Strikers 1 d Ballarat 0; Forest Rangers 3 d Bacchus Marsh 2
POSSESSION: Ballarat's Simone Boorn-Wells keeps control of the ball as young Striker Chloe Muzik applies the pressure.
Forest Rangers 2 d Creswick 1; Ballarat Red 4 d Bacchus Marsh 2; Horsham 4 d Victoria Park 1; Daylesford & Hepburn United 3 d Maryborough 2; Sebastopol Vikings 3 d Ballarat White 1; Buninyong v Ballarat North United: Not supplied
Sebastopol Vikings Blue 2 d Sebastopol Vikings Gold 1; Buninyong v Horsham: Not supplied; Ballarat v Ballarat North United Black: Not supplied
UNDER-15s DIVISION ONE
Warrnambool Rangers 6 d Ballarat North United Black 2; Victoria Park Blue 3 d Bacchus Marsh Blue 1; Sebastopol Vikings 7 d Ballarat Red 0
UNDER-15s DIVISION TWO
Daylesford & Hepburn United 0 drew with Victoria Park Red 0; Ballarat North United White v Horsham: Not supplied
UNDER-13s DIVISION ONE
Bacchus Marsh Blue 1 d Ballarat Eureka Strikers 0; Sebastopol Vikings 2 d Ballarat Red 1; Victoria Park Red v Victoria Park Blue: Not supplied; Ballarat North United Black v Buninyong: Not supplied
UNDER-13s DIVISION TWO
Sebastopol Vikings Gold 5 d Ballarat White 1; Creswick 4 d Ballarat North United White 2; Bacchus Marsh Yellow 3 Forest Rangers 0; Daylesford & Hepburn United 1 d Victoria Park White 0