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With three players returning from injury, South Oldham looked like a totally different team in their first visit to Buckner this season, blitzing the host Colonels 3-2 in a physical game.
That bolstered depth certainly helped.
“As far as I’m concerned, every time we put somebody on the field, the level of play never went down,” South coach Kenny Burke said. “I was very impressed and proud of the guys.”
The Dragons asserted control from the opening whistle and took an early advantage, registering two goals in the opening half.
Trent Howard started things off for South with a header nearly 15 minutes in, while Hunter Lewis added to the lead 10 minutes later, sliding a penalty kick into the back of the net.
Oldham County cut that lead in half 12 minutes into the second period as a cross into the box slipped past the keeper’s hands.
The advantage grew once again off a Christian Lister strike with 12:34 to play.
Oldham County added one more goal with under a minute to play.
With the way South played Tuesday night, Colonel coach Brian Durbin said they should be considered the team to beat in the 29th district.
They’ll find out soon enough.
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