Bega Devils tormenting opponents

• Bega Devil Harley Cox lines up for a kick at goal during his double against the Merimbula Grasshoppers.

• Bega Devil Harley Cox lines up for a kick at goal during his double against the Merimbula Grasshoppers.

THE Bega Devils have been tormenting their opponents in the opening two rounds of the soccer season.

The Bega Devils first grade side began the season as the team to beat after a stunning 2013 campaign.

Last year saw them become the first team in competition history to win every game in a season on their way to a third consecutive premiership. 

Round one had produced a small scare for the Devils as they could only muster a 2-2 draw against a stubborn Pambula.

The Penguins produced a late equaliser to take a share of the points,

However, with the early season cobwebs out of the way, round two would offer a great opportunity for Bega to produce their first victory of the season against Merimbula.

The Grasshoppers who started the season with a bye, came out to play with a high intensity.

It produced a frenetic opening 20 minutes in which both teams created great scoring chances. 

However, the even first half would not last long after as a tiring Merimbula defence would succumb to the weight of Bega’s attacking threats.

The Devils posted the opening goal of the match through striker Harley Cox. 

The goal utilised Bega’s dangerous counter-attacking ability.

A set of passes beginning in the Devils’ half ended in an unstoppable outside of the box shot from Cox - thanks to an accurate pass from midfielder Alec Caragher.

The opening goal of the first half would trigger a flurry of great scoring opportunities for the Devils.

And with an overwhelmed Grasshoppers defence it wasn’t long before Bega was able to double its advantage and take hold of the match. 

The second goal was also a great exhibition of passing ability as a dominance of possession ultimately led to striker Jordan Stafford firing one in.

With a 2-0 advantage leading into the half-time break, Bega could smell blood in the water and an opportunity end Merimbula’s chances of victory with one more goal. 

The Devils’ class would ultimately win out and secure a third goal right on half-time to end any chance of a fight-back. 

This time it was Cox turning from goal-scorer to provider, teeing up midfielder Caragher who gave the goal keeper no chance of stopping his accurate shot. 

With the match all but over at halftime the quality of the game diminished in the second half as Bega could only muster a solitary goal despite an ample amount of possession and shots.

Cox and Caragher were again in the action for the Devils fourth goal, with Cox bagging his second for the match.

With the final whistle ending a frustrating second half for Bega, the final score read 4-0 to the Devils.

Bega now knows they’ll have to be more ruthless in attack against a vastly improved Tathra line-up next week.

In other senior Devils action, Bega’s reserve grade twice managed to overcome a one goal deficit to run away with a 4-2 victory against Merimbula reserves to register their second successive win from their opening two matches.

Meanwhile, the Bega Devils ladies romped to their second successive victory by 10 goals or more with a 12-2 win also over Merimbula.

The Devils will take on Tathra on Sunday, with the first grade game starting at 2.40pm at George Griffin Oval. 

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