FFA Cup win caps historic night for Doon Villa
DOON Villa's win over United Park Eagles was historic for a number of reasons.
It was their first Football Federation Cup game, first official fixture at Villa Park, and the first game since Lachlan Kenny slipped into the role of player-coach.
The loss of former coach Ryan Crawford threatened to derail Doon Villa's season before it started, but the boys in black and white looked every bit the reformed club they aimed to be this season.
Kenny stepped up from captain to player-coach to fill the void, and at this stage does not look a bad option as the club moves forward.
A win in the first game he's technically been in charge of certainly helps, but its the way the side has come together that is key for the Maryborough club.
By Kenny's own admission, last year's campaign was less than ideal. It was an "off year", punctuated by an injury toll from which Doon Villa never recovered.
The Magpies, under Crawford, increased their training during the off-season, and while the improvement showed in their pre-season trial win over Gympie Diggers at the same venue, it is Saturday's performance that counts.
Doon Villa took an early lead courtesy of Josh Barsby in the seventh minute, but fell behind after Joshua Adcock's double for UPE.
Barsby struck again in the 38th minute, and the scores remained 2-2 until full-time.
Doon Villa were forced to fight the last half hour of regulation time a man short after Jess Nowitzke was shown a red card.
An extra half hour of extra time put more pressure on Doon Villa, but the coach calmly slotted a 101st minute goal.
Kenny said the way the team banded together while a man short to deliver victory was the most satisfying aspect of a win he believed should have been sealed during regular time.
"UPE played well but we should've won it in the 90 minutes," he said.
"I think we tried to do too much but we still grounded out a result.
"Last year was an off year so this year it's been a big thing about working together. We had a few good results in the trials but that (win) was massive for us."
Kenny said goalkeeper Adam Young was a key player. Doon Villa will host United Warriors on Saturday night.