THE OAK Flats Falcons have survived a tough road trip to Picton, returning with a well-deserved 2-1 win in their Football South Coast District League competition fixture on Saturday.
It was always difficult to nab the points at Picton, so the efforts of coach Michael Garcia to assemble a competitive team with five regular first graders away in Brazil watching the World Cup has to be applauded.
Picton pressured the Falcons, particularly in the second half.
The Falcons took the lead in the 25th minute, Jason Murdzevski converting from the penalty spot, the lead extended to 2-0 via an own goal from Picton.
In the second half the visitors had to absorb an onslaught by Picton but held out until the final minute, when Picton scored from a free kick.
Gary Newall was named the outstanding player after facing his former club, while Ryan Trevor and Daniel Petrolo also played well.
Youth grade were over-run 6-1 after losing a player in the first half when the score was 2-1.
Reserve grade coach Nathan Porteous had to supply a number of players to first grade, and conceded a 5-0 defeat after drafting in several youth graders.
In round 17 next Saturday, the Falcons play at home against the Kiama Quarriers, which will not be an easy game after their first encounter ended in a draw.
Last Friday the official switch-on of the new floodlights at Keith Bond Oval took place, with Shellharbour MP Anna Watson, Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba and Tom Clarke from Football South Coast in attendance.
Night games will eventually be played at the oval.