The Strikers have issued an ominous warning to Pascoe Cup rivals after demolishing cross-town rivals Junee 9-0 on Sunday afternoon at O’Connor Park.
It was a tale of two halves as the Strikers exploded into the second stanza, quadrupling their 2-0 halftime lead before Tyler Allen iced Coota’s cake with a stunning finisher from outside the box.
Aaron Kemp was the chief destroyer with four goals while Allen, Brent Farnsworth, Brenton Forsyth, Adam McPhail and Lachlan Cook kept the scorers busy in the second half.
Amazingly, the sides remained in a scoreless embrace for 25 minutes before Forsyth netted an Allen cross to open the Strikers’ account.
The Jaguars responded strongly, pressing for territory with a series of raking kicks but the Strikers were dominating in attack and looked threatening down the left flank.
They were missing a couple of players but we were really disappointed with our performance last time we met ... this result was just what we were after.Strikers captain Adam McPhail
A 45th minute strike from Aaron Kemp doubled the home side’s lead just before halftime but few could have predicted the seven-goal onslaught that was to follow.
Kemp nailed his second from the spot after a 50th minute Jaguars infringement inside the box before finishing another Allen cross 40 seconds later to complete his hat-trick in under six minutes of game time.
Youngster Lachlan Cook was next to strike, cleaning up a Farnsworth effort to take the Strikers ahead 5-0 before a 10-minute blitz dismantled the visitors.
McPhail, Farnsworth, Allen and Kemp all netted late in the second term, blowing the margin out to nine goals in a much-needed boost for the side’s goal difference.
“We’ll take that result any day,” Strikers skipper McPhail said post-game.
“Kempy was sensational, Tyler had a good game and there’s plenty of positives to take out of that effort.
The Strikers now have an opportunity to break into the top four when they head west to take on fourth-placed Leeton next weekend.
“They (Leeton) have just come off a big loss, so if we beat them and if results keep going our way, we could be in the top four next week,” McPhail said.