Hawks soar over Eagles.
The Adelaide Hills continued with their good form with an outstanding 3-2 win over 4th placed Birkalla Eagles in Sat night's State League 1 encounter at Woodside.
The Hawks countered the loss of Nathan Elliott (interstate) with the return of Lewis Farquhar from suspension.
Key players Jake Loechel, Ollie Grant and Reece Markham recovered from injuries in last week's physical encounter against Victory to take their place in the starting line up and all three played crucial roles in the win
The home side started on the back foot when they conceded after 6mins when Birkalla defender Quici ghosted in at the far post to bundle to ball into the net from a free kick.
This spurred on the Hawks midfield of Danny Pauli, James Lenzi, Dan Ryles and Farquhar to up the tempo against a buoyant Birkalla. This resulted in some slick passages of play from the home sided. The Hawks responded on the 42 minute mark after the dynamic Farquhar drove into the penalty area to hit and unstoppable drive past keeper Solari. Much to the delight of the home supporters.
The message at halftime was more of the same as the defensive unit of Connor Hudson, Nick Walker, Owen Smith, Markham and Loechel upted the intensity denying the Birkalla frontline time and space.
The Hawks went into the lead on the 56 minute mark when Farquhar drove into the box only to be fouled for a penalty which Dan Hosking duly dispatched in a calm and cool manner. The Hawks continued to press in a determined manner and on the 65th minute Grant was felled in the penalty area for another Hawks penalty. Hosking got his double for the night as the home side ramped things up.
Birkalla responded with their own incisive movements and got themselves back into the game when they were awarded a penalty which Ahmed converted.
The game became and end to end encounter and Birkalla nearly equalised but a brilliant save from Hudson denied Calvin Mbarga to keep the home sides lead intact.
Experienced players Callum Hutchins and Sam Bowman were bought into the fray to shore things up and as the final whistle blew a relieved home side rebelled in what was a massive result against a very strong Birkalla side.
Best in a great all round performance that had no passengers were Ryles, Pauli, Lenzi and Loechel. The win puts the Hawks into 5th spot after 4 rounds.
The Hawks now prepare for an FFA cup round against Cove on Friday night at Hallett Cove.