Thunder Through to Next Round of FFV State Knockout Cup
Dandenong Thunder are through to the next round of the FFV State Knockout Cup after a come from behind 3-1 victory over the Peninsula Strikers at Centenary Park.
The Thunder went into the game resting a host of big names including Shane Rexhepi, Bryan Bran, Liam Kearney, Veton Korcari, Mathew Theodore, Luke Sherbon and Stuart Webster, whilst starting star striker Nate Foster on the bench.
There were only 2 starters from the game last weekend against Moreland Zebras with Craig Elvin & Iqi Jawadi starting against the Strikers.
It gave coach Chris Taylor a chance to rotate his squad and give numerous players much needed game time, with youngsters Tim Mala, Brendon Elmazovski, Denis Shabankovski and Enes Sivic given a start whilst former South Melbourne goal keeper Zaim Zaneli was give his first start for the club.
Peninsula Strikers took the lead mid way through the second half with a free kick from long range taking a deflection off the wall and wrong footing an unlucky Zaneli to give the home side the lead.
With the Thunder behind, coach Chris Taylor put danger man Nate Foster on and the move paid immediate dividends.
The Thunder equalised shortly after through former Sydney FC midfielder Adam Casey who met onto a cross to finish past the Strikers keeper.
With the Thunder continually pushing forward they got the lead with a great long ball from Ross Thompson which found the head of defender Craig Elvin who headed the Thunder into league.
The Thunder were issued a penalty in stoppage time after Nate Foster released a through ball to Denis Shabanovski who was fouled by a Peninsula defender inside the box. Up stepped Ross Thompson who fired home the third goal of the afternoon for the Thunder and send the club safely through to the next round of the FFV State Knockout Cup.