OAK Flats Falcons Football Club's first grade side scored a workman-like 2-0 win over Balgownie on Saturday in the Football South Coast District League competition.
Coach Michael Garcia had to revamp his formation, with seven players away at the World Cup in Brazil, and two missing via suspensions and another not available.
Luckily, the reserves lived up to the challenge.
Powerful defender David Kiss was back from injury and controlled the defence.
Also returning from injury was defender Ryan Trevor.
Defender Daniel Brsqkovski, Toby Napper and Gary Newall all performed strongly.
Overall, the coach was satisfied with the performance of his team, mainly in the second half.
However, he was critical with the first-half showing and fired the side up at half-time.
This Friday the official switching-on ceremony of the Keith Bond Oval new floodlights will take place with Shellharbour MP Anna Watson and Claude Cuda, president of Football South Coast, and Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba.
All club members, players and supporters are asked to attend.
Youth grade lost narrowly 1-0 to a good opposition, with an unfortunate error in defence leading to a simple tap-in.
Coach Klaus Wunsch's young charges showed plenty of fight.
Reserve grade coach Nathan Porteous was badly handicapped as his side went down 4-1, with some of his regulars promoted to first grade.
They had to call on the club's over 35s to help out and they did not let him down with Andy Day, Drago Chikitch and Barry Jones playing a fit and full 90 minutes.