TORRENS Valley prepared for next week’s epic grudge match against One Tree Hill with a solid 6-0 win over Adelaide University Black on Saturday.
Rams striker Simon Rose was instrumental with three goals and two assists, while Craig Bibby, Romeo Bismyf and a magical lob from Andrew ‘Potter’ Craig also found the back of the net.
The win means for the first time this season, the Rams boast a positive goal difference and climb to fourth on the amateur league division four table.                                    

After a slow start from both teams, Rose thought he’d given his team the lead but was correctly ruled offside by the assistant referee.

Adelaide Uni looked comfortable on the ball, but the lack of delivery to the front third frustrated the visitors. An attempt to increase their physical prowess backfired when a Uni player touched up Rams’ defender Shane Parker and both the foul and retaliation incurred the wrath of the referee.
The same Adelaide Uni player was lucky to escape a second yellow card five minutes later when he couldn’t keep the ball in the field of play and angrily booted a full water bottle from his team’s technical area onto the pitch.

It took 18 minutes for visitors to register a shot on goal, while at the opposite end Rose rounded the last defender but only managed a Besart Berisha-style air swing.

On 29 minutes, it was a poor throw-in that allowed the Rams to counter attack and create the first goal. Parker collected the ball in his own half and sent it to Bibby on the wing who played it through to Rose. Rose continued down the left and slipped the ball back across into the penalty area to Bibby who had cut inside and finished with a low drive from 12 yards out.
Rose should have scored three minutes later when Brody Short looped the ‘keeper with a deft cross to the back post, but he missed the ball by an inch as he slid in on the moist ground.

Bibby then had a well struck shot saved by the ‘keeper after some positive lead up work from Bismyf. On 44 minutes, the Rams had a second goal, courtesy of a Rose piledriver from outside the box that stung the hands of the ‘keeper and fell to the feet of Bismyf who finished coolly.

The Adelaide Uni ‘keeper made a nervy start to the second period as he spilled a couple of routine saves. Five minutes in and the Rams had their third goal, thanks to a clearance-come-assist from Anthony Rizzuto in defence.
Rizzuto’s clearance forward eluded the last defender and Rose turned and ran forward to finish one-on-one with the ‘keeper.

Adelaide Uni then had a couple of chances they should have converted. Otto was called on to make some tough defensive tackles and blocks, then Vyden saved a certain goal with his feet after a perfect through ball split the Rams’ defence.

The Rams had chances to go further ahead as Bismyf and Rose both forced smart saves from the goalkeeper at his near post.

Then, the magician Potter unleashed an exquisite lob from 35 yards out on the right which found the back of the net via the top right corner.

Rizzuto was lucky to only receive a yellow card for a poorly timed last-man tackle on 67 minutes as the referee judged the attacker to have been heading away from goal. Two minutes later, as Adelaide Uni still remonstrated with the referee for his previous decision, Bismyf hit an optimistic punt forward from inside his own half which bounced on the edge of penalty area, over the top of the ‘keeper and fell to Rose whose gazelle-like sprint forward earned him a simple tap in.
Five minutes from time, Andrew Fowler won the ball in midfield and passed forward to Rose who opened up his body and past the ‘keeper again to round off the big win.

Rose nearly saved the best til last with an incredible bicycle kick on 90 minutes that just sailed wide of the upright and in the final moments the home side had a legitimate hand ball penalty claim turned down.
Adelaide Uni’s only other real chance of the half came from a set piece on 74 minutes which Vyden efficiently tipped over the bar.

The result moves Torrens Valley to fourth; one win behind USC Lion who are second and provides more than just bragging rights to play for in this week’s local derby with third placed One Tree Hill.

Earlier in the day Torrens Valley Reserves snared a 3-3 draw against Adelaide University Black as Shaun Byrnes, Sumo Bannah and Josh Walter all found the back of the net.

The Rams started slow and conceded two goals in the first fifteen minutes as the young Adelaide Uni side came out firing. However, midfielders Jeff Flynn, Mach Ayuen and Nathin Castle slowly took control in the centre of the park.
Byrnes scored first as he pounced on the visiting goalkeepers spill and poked home from six yards. Minutes later winger David Dau latched onto a Flynn lob and stormed down the wing to play across goal to Bannah who tapped in past the stranded Uni keeper. The Rams had stolen the momentum and snatched a third goal just before half-time through a superbly taken Walter free-kick.
Adelaide Uni started the second half as they did the first and equalised early to put the pressure back on the Rams.

Central defender Walter was forced off through injury fifteen minutes in which forced Flynn back to cover his position. This gave Uni a sniff as their fitness and pace in the midfield caused problems for the tiring Rams.
Fortunately for Torrens Valley, a combination of poor delivery to the Adelaide Uni strikers and resolute defending meant the home side were able to hold on for a draw.