Rovers claim historic win

Merin Trebilcock, centre, is swamped by team-mates after heading the match-sealing goal in the 90th minute.

COLAC Otway Rovers capped a historic day for Colac district soccer with a memorable victory against Barwon Heads.

Barwon Heads became the first victim of the Geelong region competition’s newest team, with the Rovers winning 3-1 in a tight battle at Pirron Yallock Recreation Reserve.

Colac Otway coach David Latham said his young team was a “little bit cagey” in the opening period but was quick to find its feet.

And when striker Denis Yardin netted the club’s first goal at the 19-minute mark, the Rovers didn’t look back.

“It was an inspiring goal, in terms of the nervousness of the team and being on the back foot for the first part of the game,” Latham said.

“Before that it was hard to get space and build momentum, but Denis saw an opening and took it,” he said.

“It was extremely exciting – not only was it our first goal in our first match, but it was the first time we’ve actually taken the lead in any game.”

Yardin goalled again minutes before half time to extend the margin to two and the Rovers hit the break full of momentum.

Barwon Heads came out firing in the second half and cut the margin to one, putting pressure on the Rovers’ defensive line led by centre-back Stephen Ohrwalder-Lueders.

But an inspirational save by Rovers’ keeper Ryan Connley swung momentum back to the home side.

“It was a fantastic, top-class save,” Latham said.

“The ball was heading into the far post and at full stretch Ryan got a finger on it and knocked it into the post to keep us in the game,” he said.

Colac Otway captain Merin Trebilcock headed the final goal of the match after Barwon Heads failed to clear a corner in the 90th minute.

Referee Mal Bosnjak blew the final whistle seconds after the restart to confirm the historic win.

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