Keilor overcame a sluggish start to run away with a 41-point win over Pascoe Vale in the Essendon District Football League premier division at Keilor Reserve on Saturday.
The Blues failed to register a goal in the first quarter, but made up for it with a five-goal second term to assume control of the match and go on to record a convincing victory.
Nick O’Kearney produced his first best-on-ground performance since returning to Keilor.
A home grown player who spent time with St Kilda in the AFL, O’Kearney is regularly among the best players for the Blues and is a consistent performer.
Dean Galea led the way in attack for Keilor with five goals.
Galea is one of the top spearheads in the competition with 46 goals, one goal back from Pascoe Vale’s Matthew Watson, who leads the competition.
Watson was restricted to one goal by Keilor. Keilor has moved into second position on the ladder on percentage from Greenvale, who fell one spot following a heavy defeat to Strathmore.
Keilor has a chance to consolidate its spot in the top two when it travels to play winless Essendon Doutta Stars on Saturday at Nipper Jordan Oval.
In division 1, Taylors Lakes came ‘oh so close’ to claiming a shock victory over ladder leader Airport West at Lionheart Reserve on Saturday.
The two sides played out a draw, but the Lions had their chances, accumulating 17 scoring shots to 12 on the day.
In the end, both teams walked away with a share of the points.
Andrew Gallina, Samuel Kennedy and Daniel Walachowski were the stand-outs on the day for the Lions.
Taylors Lakes will face Hillside Sharks in the next round at Lionheart Reserve on Saturday.
The Sharks will take winning form into the game, having thrashed Oak Park by 44 points at Hillside Reserve.
In division 2, Burnside Heights came from 40 points down at half time for a miraculous three-point win over Roxburgh Park. The sixth-placed Bears will hit the road to face Northern Saints on Saturday.