Hawks have started the campaign for promotion back to the Brisbane Premier League in promising fashion after a convincing win on a windy afternoon in New Farm. Four Hawks debutantes, found the back of the net on what was a historic day for the club. For the first time since our inaugural season in 1960, Hawks have boasted 10 starting players on their debut.
From the first whistle, Hawks looked to create and a steady flow of chances and finally broke the deadlock in the 13th minute after Gorrie got amongst a goal mouth scramble and poked it home. From then on, the half belonged to the hosts. New Farm started to pile pressure on the Hawks goal and should have got one back if it wasn't for the strong performance of Hawks keeper Burrowes and last ditch blocks from Street and Sciacca.
After the restart, it didn't take long for the Hawks to double their lead after skipper, Rudken, took advantage of the United keeper swatting flies to put it in the back of the net. From that point the Hawks took control of the match.
With 15 minutes remaining, the game received a much needed spark, after the Hawks back line was caught napping and New Farm got one back. The calls for a comeback were silenced as Hawks replied within 53 seconds to restore the two goal lead with what can be described as a classic Sunday League goal with the ball hitting the post, then the defender and somehow stayed in before it was put home by Shore.
The game was put to bed in the 86th minute, after a lethal attack down the right side saw a cross come in and was slotted home on the six yard box by Gorrie.
Late in stoppage time, New Farm received insult to injury after their player saw red for kicking Street while he was on the ground.
Hawks were dominate and deserved the three points. These are promising signs for Hawks as we move our attention to next week's FFA Cup tie with Ripley Valley.
2019 Vilic Law Capital League 1 - Round 1
New Farm Park
Sunday, 24 February
New Farm United - 1 (74')
Mt Gravatt Hawks - 4 (Gorrie 13', 86', Rudken 50', Shore 75')