TORRENS Valley rebounded from its home loss last week to oust league leaders Angkor Hornbill in a seven-goal thriller at Parafield Gardens on Saturday.
A goal in the opening 60 seconds and then three goals in as many frantic second half minutes set up the Rams’ win, after two own goals put them in arrears before half time.
The 4-3 win is an exact reverse score of the previous match earlier this season between the two teams.                   

Torrens Valley made the perfect start, scoring in less than a minute. The Angkor goalkeeper failed to clear his line and the ball fell to Chris Smith who launched a rocket at goal from outside the box.

Angkor was beaten for the first time this season last week by Flinders University and while looking sharp, lacked the fluency it possessed with its absent leading scorer Boree Kieng. So much so, that both its first half goals were credited to Rams defender Brody Short.

On 12 minutes an unlucky Short bundled in a through ball from Hungarian striker Zoltan Medzai and then a minute before half-time, Short was again caught in a similar position as the ball was crossed in from the left side of the box.

After a first half of equal possession and only few chances, Jo Harvey’s header over the crossbar on 59 minutes would later be a sign of the explosive storm that was brewing. Three minutes later, Smith lost the ball in his attacking third, but dispossessed a defender to win it back and then hit a sweet low drive past the outstretched left hand of the Angkor ‘keeper.

From the restart, Angkor should have equalised. The poorly struck shot hit the post and although initially beaten, Rams goalkeeper John Vyden dived on the ball as a swarm of Angkorians rushed to tap in from close range. Vyden then was credited with an assist as he discharged a long bomb down the ground to striker Simon Rose who outsmarted his marker and stroked the ball home from 12 yards out. Romeo Bismyf then joined in the revelry on 65 minutes when his pin-point cross found his assiduous leader Harvey in the middle of the box who tapped in from close range.

The Rams knew they would have to work hard to keep the score at 4-2 and Vyden pulled off an impressive save just two minutes later.

The hosts made the unusual step of substituting its goalkeeper with 20 minutes to play and the fresh custodian did well to keep a clean sheet for the remainder of the game. Angkor was rewarded for its persistence on 78 minutes with a goal as the intensity of the match reached new heights.
As Angkor searched for its elusive fourth goal, a consistent Kham Thawng attempted his best Thierry Henry handball simulation that would have put him through on goal, but he and his teammates continued to fire high and wide past ‘keeper Vyden.

As the vigorous play flew back and forth, the Rams were unlucky not to score again, even moreso on 86 minutes through an own goal when a mistimed Angkor clearance viciously cut past the ‘keeper and skidded off the crossbar.

The Torrens Valley reserves made amends for their big loss to Old Ignatians last week with a hard fought 2-1 win against Angkor. The win in fact helps league leaders Old Ignatians, with Angkor now stuck five points behind in second having played one more game.

‘The Guvna’ Shane Parker helped himself to the opening goal just after half time, but the home side looked to have savoured a point with a goal of its own in the 80th minute. Torrens Valley had a decent call for a free-kick turned down late in the game after the goalkeeper picked up the ball outside the penalty area, but this was soon forgotten as Rose tapped in the winner with two minutes to play.

The Rams are at Birdwood Park this week against Mount Compass as part of ‘Five Star Saturday’ – the second and final time this year that five Torrens Valley teams play at home on the same day.
Junior kick off times are 9am, 10am, 11.15am, with the seniors following at 1pm and 3pm.