Keeper heroics rescue point

Gawler head coach Ray Deeley said he was starting to worry after a three-all draw with State League 2 bottom side Modbury Vista on Saturday.

Jordan Mackintosh had put the Eagles a goal up early in the first half for his fourth goal in two games, but conceded just before the half to leave the scores one-all heading into the break.

Alex Vita restored Gawler’s lead in the second half, however it would not last long as an implosion in second half stoppage time saw Vista score twice in the space of two minutes to take an unlikely lead.

Vista were heading towards their first win of the season but an unlikely hero would emerge for the Eagles as goalkeeper Michael Gomes went up for a corner and rose highest to meet it, rescuing a point in spectacular fashion.

Deeley described the performance as shocking.

“I don’t know whether we thought it was going to be too easy or what,” he said.

“If we had taken our chances it might have been a different game, but they worked harder and they wanted it more.”

The result caps off a horror last two weeks for the Eagles, after they only narrowly defeated fellow cellar dwellers UniSA in what should have been an easy three points.

Deeley said that the results show Gawler are taking steps backwards rather than going forward.

“What we are doing is going backwards and backwards, and the other teams are getting further away from us,” he said.

“At this rate we don’t even look like we can push for promotion, but we just have to work out what the problem is.

“It is a hard league to get out of, and if you need to push yourself that is the way it’s got to go.”