COLAC Otway Rovers had a feeling of relief more than elation when they won their second match for the season.
The Rovers’ midfield and defensive structures proved too much for their Deakin University opponents, with a 2-0 victory their first clean sheet of the season.
But coach Dave Latham said post-match the team was just thankful to come away with a win.
“There actually wasn’t a lot of celebration, we’d worked hard so there was a lot of relief,” he said.
“It was the first time this season the pressure was on us to get the result, with Deakin being the lower team.”
Striker Jayden Tebble lessened the pressure when he netted the 10th-placed Rovers’ first goal 35 minutes into the Pirron Yallock Recreation Reserve clash.
Keeper Ryan Connley won plaudits for his efforts in goals while Latham and team-mate Cam Clissold kept the midfield structures under control.
“I thought the team did a fantastic job structurally to hold our shape, we were very disciplined and that went a long way to setting things up,” Latham said.
“We were structurally better, so aside from the win, that was a big plus,” he said.
“And we were rapt with getting a clean sheet.”
Captain Merin Trebilcock sent home the Rovers’ second and final goal of the game to seal the win after getting on the end of a Peter Reidy pass in the 70th minute.
Latham said he hoped the confidence-boosting win would put the Rovers in strong stead for this weekend’s clash with sixth-placed Springvale.