A near faultless first half performance was the difference in Albury United's 6-1 win against St Pats at Alexandra Park on Sunday.
The Greens scored five goals in the space of 15 minutes to set up a 5-0 advantage at the break.
Captain Caleb Martin put United in front with a header at the midway point of the half, following a near miss from St Pats' Mitch Anderson at the other end.
Maddison Kempshall had a brace two minutes later, while Adam McLennan and French import Gauthier Robin made it five.
St Pats were much better in the second half and dragged one goal back through a nice finish from skipper Anthony O'Farrell.
United pushed for another in the dying stages and were prevented on several occasions by Patties' goalkeeper Brett Easton, but Robin wasn't to be denied a second goal for the afternoon inside the final five minutes.
Greens' coach Steve McLennan admitted it was one of the best first halves he's seen, but knows there's still plenty to improve on.
"I was very happy with the first half, but I think the boys got a bit excited being 5-0 up at half-time," McClennan said.
"They're a young side and credit to them, they brought their A-game in the second half and stuck it to us.
"We took a little bit to get into it, the first 15 minutes we had to match them.
"They're probably going to upset some quality sides if they play like that.
"Their lapse in that 10-15 minutes (in the first half) was the game."
Robin was quick to impress in his first start.
"He's quality and it's always hard to come into a new side and experiment," McLennan added.
St Pats coach Phil Page agreed the lapse was the difference between the sides.
"They moved the ball around well in the first half, but we'll regroup next week and hopefully keep going for the whole game," he said.
"Anthony O'Farrell played three positions today and Mitch Anderson had to play different positions as well when people went down.
"The second half was much better, it was just tiredness at the end."
St Pats paid tribute to the late Tony Iverson with a club-wide minute's silence at midday at the start of the over-35s game, with the Iverson family present.
Following the division three men's game, Lisa Iverson presented the number eight jersey to Matt Green, which will be the only number eight worn in the club's men's teams this season.
A minute's silence was observed before the senior men's clash, as well as a tribute to the victims of Friday's Christchurch shootings.
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