Brelsford hat trick fires RMIT to their 8th successive victory
A cold afternoon at JC Donath Reserve saw RMIT take on Reservoir Yeti in another top of the table clash. RMIT came into the match in 1st place 4 points clear of Craigeburn City and 5 clear of the Yetis in 3rd place. The Redbacks made no changes from the lineup that beat Greenvale in the previous round.
RMIT started the stronger side opening their account in the 10th minute. Nick Barwell’s long throw was headed by Piers Brelsford at goals. The header was blocked but Brelsford collected the follow up and smashed it beyond the keeper.
Barwell delivered an excellent free kick moments later that was punched away by the keeper but only made it as far as Sam Wood on the edge of the box. Wood smashed the follow up against the cross bar and the Yetis can count them selves lucky.
Barwell was involved once again in the 20th minute when his corner found Brelsford unmarked in the area. Brelsford’s current form meant he was not going to miss and a composed finish beyond the keeper made it 2-0 to the Redbacks.
The Yetis were not giving up and looked for a response right away. Reservoir created a number of chances and should have been ahead but for an excellent double save from Danny Graham who looked to keep his 6th clean sheet of the campaign.
Great defensive work from the RMIT back four ensured the result remained 2-0 at the break but the Redbacks were looking complacent.
An early goal in the first half from Brelsford helped calm the nerves. Michael Jones perfectly weighted ball found Brelsford one on one with the keeper. A cheeky finish lobbing the keeper awarded him his hat trick in style.
Moments later Jones made the result certain with a thunderous strike from 25 yards that hit the cross bar before going in. The strike was his 6th of the season and was reminiscent of his goal versus Moreland Eagles in Round 4.
David O’Reilly was bought on for his RMIT FC first team debut and had an instant impact. First delivering a corner to Jerrit Kloster who’s powerful header beat the keeper at the far post. Then again from the next corner his delivery found fellow substitute Chris Smith unmarked who headed home to make it 6-0.
A man of the match performance from RMIT’s top goal scorer Brelsford who has an astounding 17 goals from his 11 matches this season. Next week RMIT take on the last of the “Big Four” hosting Craigeburn City at Poplar Oval.
Kloster (c) 1 goal
Desta (off 72)
M. Jones 1 goal
Pachernegg (off 55)
Latcham (off 65)
Brelsford 3 goals
Smith (on 65) 1 goal
O’Reilly (on 55)
Castano (on 72)