You wouldn’t know they were coming off a four-day break, but an energised Heidelberg left no stone unturned in their quest for another tilt at the title.
If a loss to Kingston City was a setback to the ‘Bergers chances, then a 3-0 victory over Bentleigh Greens was the ultimate revival.
From start to finish, the ‘Bergers were out on a mission. Knowing that back-to-back defeats were not an option, they took the game away from the Greens from the outset. Despite the short turnaround that could’ve tired the ‘Bergers out, they appeared to be the fresher outfit.
There was plenty of promise shown in a scoreless first half, with the fruition coming during a barnstorming second half. . An enormous display after the break saw Heidelberg make all the running. The ‘Bergers flicked the switch and reminded us what they can do at their clinical best.
Lucas Derrick got rewarded for his fine work with the opening goal shortly from the restart, while Harry Noon and Sean Ellis added to the comprehensive margin.
The ‘Bergers couldn’t ask for much more against one of their bitter rivals, with a clean sheet sealing a dominant display that we knew Heidelberg was capable of producing. To top it all off, it’s two wins from two against the Greens this season, which could be telling in the title race.
“I’m ecstatic, I remember on Monday night after the Kingston game, I said a week in football is a long time,” said George Katsakis.
“We’ve kept our word to it, we responded really well and the boys were exceptional.
“It’s probably the best half of football I’ve seen this club play in a very long time, because everything worked out to a tee.
“Three points are three points but at this time of year to be getting them that comfortably and be so dominant over a rival that’s in second place on the ladder, it’s just fantastic.”
Bentleigh Greens SC 0 – Heidelberg United 3 (Derrick 49’, Noon 75’, Ellis 86’)
Bentleigh Greens SC 5 – Heidelberg United 2