A midfield master class was the cornerstone for Werribee City as it broke through for its first win of the season in National Premier League 2 west at Galvin Park on Saturday evening.
The Bees dominated possession and created plenty of chances on the back of stellar performances from midfielders Dion Paola and Brad Murray in a commanding 2-0 win over Ballarat City.
Bees coach Sergio Sabbadini was thrilled his players reaped the rewards of their hard work, particularly after a luckless defeat to St Albans Saints six days prior that had left them rooted to the bottom of the ladder.
“It’s good to get a win for the confidence of the team,” Sabbadini said.
“Their preparation throughout the week and their warm up was really good.”
Werribee City found the opening goal through Trevor Ssemakula just before half-time. He picked up a through ball, realised the Ballarat goalkeeper had come to meet the ball, rounded him and calmly slotted into an open net. The Bees found an insurance goal through Aki Machiyama in the 63rd minute following a set piece.
Paola impressed the Werribee City fans with his gritty performance in the midfield.
“He’s only a slight fella, but he holds his own and he’s really hard to get the ball off,” Sabbadini said.
In FFA Cup, Jason Moody scored a double as Point Cook crushed South Springvale 3-0, Zachary Busuttil scored a 93rd minute winner for Truganina Hornets in a 1-0 victory over Essendon United and Hoppers Crossing advanced after a forfeit from Altona City, which refused to play on the artificial surface at Grange Reserve.