Brothers Aston Villa remain unbeaten
BROTHERS Aston Villa toughed out a 1-0 win against United Park Eagles to maintain its unbeaten record this season but it was the impressive performance of two teens that had coach Glenn Sparozvich smiling.
The two clubs traded blows in what was a dour first half at Martens Oval on Saturday night with neither side able to capitalise on limited opportunities.
“The game didn’t reach the lofty heights you would expect from one v three on the ladder,” Sparozvich said.
“I think keepers from both sides were only tested once or twice in the first half.”
The match opened up in the second half leading to Villa’s goal.
Sparozvich said Nicholas Chatfield and Nathan Carney impressed in only their second and third games for the club and it was a great.
The two players combined to get behind the Eagles’ defensive line before delivering the ball to attacking midfielder Blake O’Brien.
O’Brien headed the ball and it took a deflection before finding the back of the net.
“We got that goal and the UPE goalkeeper made two great saves, which normally would have gone in,” Sparozvich said.
“We squandered a golden opportunity later but pushed it wide.”
Sparozvich was full of praise for Chatfield and Carney saying the two 15-year-olds played a significant role for the team and were stars of the future.
“Our leading goal scorer O’Brien usually plays up front, but due to a player being away we dropped him to attacking midfield,” he said.
“So for Chatfield to play a central high focal point in such a big game, and play the way he did, was fantastic.
“Both players held their own.”
Sparozvich said keeping a clean sheet was integral to the side’s fortunes this season having only let in nine goals.
“We know we have goals in us but defence is key,” he said.
“If we don’t leak any the other end we are always a good chance to win.”
The only blemish on the night was a groin injury to captain Josh Mciness, which could see him sidelined for a couple of weeks.
The win consolidates Villa’s position atop the Wide Bay League.