Balmain retained their top league position with a comfortable 2-1 victory over Roosters FC on a blustery Saturday at Yennora. The first half began fairly evenly, and Tigers keeper Justin Delaney was called upon to make a couple of smart saves to deny the Roosters. Balmain then suffered a setback when experienced defender Gavin Buddis had to be assisted from the field sporting a tennis ball sized lump in the middle of his forehead after an accidental head clash. Shortly after, Steve Lewis grabbed the lead for the Tigers when he ran onto a through ball and passed the ball past the on-rushing keeper from well outside the box. Balmain retained the 1-0 lead at half time, then extended their lead immediately from the second half kick off. It was Lewis again who scored, this time heading in the rebound after his initial shot was saved by the Roosters keeper. Balmain proceeded to control the play for the rest of the match, and in truth should have made more of a couple of golden opportunities. Roosters did manage to pull one back when they were awarded a penalty. Grant Burgess earned himself the Exchange Hotel man of the match award with a solid display in defence.
Balmain reserves bounced back from conceding a first minute goal to hammer their opponents 7-1. The Roosters scored with a curling chip that deceived Sven in goals, but it wasn’t long before the Tigers hit back, with Honza Capek scoring the first of his hat trick. Capek added a second with a punishing drive that went in off the post before Eamon Byrne headed in a Jem Richardson corner. Steele Bonus continued the one way traffic, running on to Richardson’s flick on to score the fourth, and shortly before the break Capek completed his hat trick with a shot that squeezed under the diving keeper. Dylan Zammit grabbed a second half double to complete the scoring in a win that maintained the Tigers’ 11 point lead at the top of the table. A dominant midfield display earned Tony Mersaides the Exchange Hotel man of the match.