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The Street to the Dockerty Cup Final_ Oakleigh Cannons

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The Oakleigh Cannons head into its second Dockerty Cup Ultimate in as a few years, seeking to carry residence the trophy for the primary time.

In 2022, Oakleigh was defeated by Bentleigh Greens within the Grand Ultimate of the Dockerty Cup, happening 2-1 to Bentleigh Greens.

Oakleigh Cannons Head Coach Chris Taylor stated the street to the ultimate has taken its toll on his crew however was prepared so as to add one other piece of silverware to the cupboard.

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Within the first spherical of the Dockerty Cup qualification course of, Oakleigh Cannons defeated Preston Lions 3-1 in Spherical 4 of the Australia Cup.

“That was fairly a giant sport, there’s a massive rivalry there,” Taylor defined.

“Preston is the crew who’re coming by the leagues in the meanwhile, so it was a giant problem for us. There was a giant crowd on the day, which was somewhat intimidating for us as properly.”

“It has not been a straightforward journey coming proper by and Preston was most likely the toughest sport we have now had.”

In Spherical 5, the Cannons defeated Dandenong Thunder 4-0 in a extremely aggressive match-up.

Midfield maestro Joe Visitor opened the scoring within the conflict earlier than Anton Mlinaric doubled their lead getting ready to half-time.

Dandenong continued to place up a combat, nonetheless, when key midfielder Kieran Dover was despatched off within the 77th minute, Alex Fiechtner and Connor Hampson scored two late objectives to present the Cannons a cushty victory.

“They had been somewhat bit down on the time though I believe they acquitted themselves fairly properly,” Taylor defined.

“Each sport towards the Thunder is all the time robust and with out these two late objectives it might have been a distinct story.”

Oakleigh then confronted NPL2 outfit Dandenong Metropolis who put up a combat, happening 2-0 to the reigning NPLM Champions.

“It was no totally different there, as soon as once more we got down to try to make it by within the Australia Cup and get by within the Dockerty Cup and it has labored out properly for us,” Taylor stated.

“The exhausting a part of us is unexpectedly going from taking part in one sport per week to taking part in these three video games in per week, that’s the largest problem.

“It’s the hardest half when gamers begin to get little niggles and strains from the fixed match play and we began to really feel the results towards Dandenong.”

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Oakleigh Cannons captain Joe Visitor will play a significant function in Friday’s Ultimate. Image: Mark Avellino.

Within the ultimate spherical of the Australia Cup earlier than hitting the nationwide stage, Oakleigh defeated NPL3’s Geelong SC 5-0 in a dominant efficiency.

“This win wasn’t as easy because it appeared, regardless of us scoring 5 objectives ultimately,” Taylor recalled.

“We bought some late objectives, but it surely was actually aggressive for a very good half of the sport, anybody who will get to that stage of the competitors goes to present you a very good check.”

Of their ultimate match earlier than the large dance, Oakleigh defeated fellow NPLM facet Melbourne Knights 3-1 away from residence.

“That was a really robust sport, going to Knights stadium is all the time a troublesome ask,” Taylor defined.

“We felt like we did very well on the day, but it surely most likely took rather a lot out of us the final couple of weeks.

“We have now had losses in our final two video games and I believe if we mirror again to the Knights sport that was very robust for us and really taxing on a whole lot of the gamers, however we’re able to go.”

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