ANY thoughts that playing against the Northern Storm this year was going to be an easy task were put to rest on Sunday when the Thunder bounced back from last week’s thumping to record a solid 2-1 victory over Orara Valley.
Young legs are fast legs and the Storm’s youthful brigade constantly attacked down the flanks, particularly through Tristan Albert and Matt Latham to set up numerous chances throughout.
Playing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd at the Korora ‘Cove’, the Storm were able to cover the absences of ‘keeper Brad Palmer as well as the injured Mykel Watson and Beajay Wendt.
Tom Frewen drew the short straw to be named as the Storm custodian. An ambitious move considering he hadn’t played in goals for many years but it was one that paid off.
Evan Williams was dangerous for Orara Valley but weight of possession was with the Storm and this was converted into a goal when a great interchange of passing soon found Ryan Cole one-on-one with Josh Harrigan and he made no mistake.
The game started and the Storm were quick to settle into a solid passing game and were keeping possession for long periods.
Williams and Dylan Loudon were trying to create some magic up front for the Dingoes and the chances arrived after the first goal as Orara pushed hard for an equaliser.
It wasn’t long after the break that the Dingoes thought they had a goal but the linesman raised his flag for offside to quell celebrations.
This was the signal for the Storm to switch back on after the oranges and they constantly attacked down the flanks and only misguided shooting saved the Dingoes.
The Storm were unlucky not to score from a well taken corner while Ryan Cole, Sam Sawtell and Luke Venn were causing Orara Valley no end of trouble thanks to some great service from the back.
At the other end of the field poor shooting was haunting the Dingoes and Frewen was doing a fair impersonation of Mark Schwarzer.
It was a second goal to Cole that gave the Thunder squad breathing room.
For some reason tempers became became frayed and a few yellow cards were issued to both sides with Storm coach Jason Breton given his marching orders for the afternoon.
With the referee’s stopwatch about to beep for full time the Dingoes managed to pull back a goal but it was too little, too late and the Storm had collected all three points.