By Arian Odza
Lilydale are looking to pull off a miraculous escape in the backend of 2021, following their big win over local rivals Montrose last Saturday Night.
The Falcons second win of the season wasn’t enough to pull them out of the Division One drop zone just yet – reminder there will be two teams relegated out of Division One in 2021 – but it does give them real hope of staying in the division, for 2022 at least.
Lilydale are now just one game behind Bayswater, who they face in under a month, and have a very winnable fixture on the horizon when they take on the currently winless Upper Ferntree Gully, at Kings Park tomorrow.
Saturday’s match started in an assertive manner for the Falcons, scoring four goals to Montrose’s one in the first term, a lead they would steadily build on throughout the game.
As the match progressed the footballing skill and courage from individuals such as Liam Jeffs, Mitchell Gordon and Jordan Jaworski were able to create brilliant decisions and assisted in a substantial manner with the victory for the Falcons.
The crucial win lifts team spirits and confidence as the Falcons look to start making the most of their momentum and start developing a winning culture amongst their very young playing group.
Lilydale came away victors when they last took on the Kings in Round Four, winning handsomely on their home deck, and considering their win over Montrose ended with a 42 point margin, punters would likely assume the Round Four result is likely to repeated.
Best on ground against Montrose, Liam Jeffs – who has been in fine form since his return to the Falcons line up – says that the win is significant as it increases confidence for his side and can be crucial with increasing momentum and confidence for the Falcons.
“It was really good, a lot of pressure came from everyone and sort of made them realise that we are a good team and that’s what we are capable of, so the feeling was really good,” Jeffs said of the Falcons shock victory.
Jeffs says the win was not luck and explained that is was due to sticking to the tactics and ensuring that it is consistent for the four quarters, which has been an issue against some of the top sides in the Division this year, most notably Park Orchards and East Ringwood.
“Definitely we have been working hard on our game style and I think it is clicking together, (we) had a few tough losses and the key areas to those were that we weren’t using the game plan very well and concentrating for four quarters.”
Jeffs says the three-week break from football helped the side significantly, allowing some weary bodies to recuperate and get the playing list closer to 100% fit.
“It definitely helped us( the break), we had a few injuries as well and it allowed a few of the guys to recover and then we could get a stronger side back in and not for the ones but the twos as well, so it definitely helped us with trying to figure out how to play at our best.”