The home side took the lead in the eighth minute when Pat Rohla rifled the ball home after a fine right wing break. From that point on the Classics had control of the game with Garry Hackel, back in the nets, a virtual spectator. Larry Thorlakson was having no nonsense at right back and he thwarted every attempt that the Vikings could muster down their left wing. The whole defence was strong with Rick Geary imposing his authority on the game after a long period of uncertainty, but his come back from injury now looks complete as he had one of his best games for the club. The latest news is that Hurricane Rick was later seen headed for Cabo San Lucus after demolishing the Viking territory last Sunday.
Five minutes from the break Chuck McGill went on a right wing foray and when the opposing left-back slipped on his backside it left him with a clear run on goal. McGill, who is improving with every game, chipped a perfect lob over the advancing keeper to put the Classics two goals to the good. Minutes later a devastating run from Geary saw him advance from his own half, brush aside several attempted tackles, to progress into the penalty box and win a well earned corner kick. A desperate defender had hacked the ball away to stop the onrushing express from demolishing the buffer stops. Even though the home side performed with passionate fervour, the score remained at 2-0 as the teams left the field for the half-time break.
The second half began much the same as the first with the home side doing all the pushing. Ten minutes into the second spell the lead was increased after Doug Rosenlund sent a 40 yard cross-field ball to send Jim Eden on a dazzling left wing break. Eden was biding his time and waited just long enough to send over an inch perfect cross which was met by the advancing McGill who powered a text book header past the forlorn Vikings keeper. It was a gem of a goal and one which established the poacher supreme as the leading net finder for the season. The goal would have not have looked out of place in the English Premier League. A sliding clearance by Danny Jensen was punished by some over officious refereeing which resulted in a free kick to the opposition.The Vikings had the ball in the net from the kick but justice was rightly served as the goal was disallowed for off-side.
Eden was involved in a small fracas with one of the opposition after an innocuous tackle but 'Gentleman Jim' handled the situation with dignity unlike the opposing player who was sin binned for the offence. The Vikings were observed to be physically tiring under the relentless pressure and they must have been wishing the time away to the final whistle. The Classics midfield had a stranglehold on the game as the whole team put in one of their best performances of the season. The final nail was put in the coffin three minutes from time after another Rosenlund pass sent the effervescent Rohla on another goal-bound run. Rohla stroked the ball efficiently to the right of the keeper to record his brace for the game.
Final Score 4-0 (2-0)
MWG: P. Rohla
You were Crap award: L. Thorlakson