Rangers dig deep to take tough win over Polonia
Stirling Rangers avenged their defeat to Polonia in the opening game of the season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory in the Albany Junior Soccer Association under-15 competition last Saturday.
Stirling started with plenty of energy and after two minutes Callum Jones picked the ball up just outside the box for an early shot, which was not hit as well as it could have been.
It rattled around in the area and Polonia were frantically trying to clear the ball, only for it to land at the feet of Jones, who was gifted a second chance from the same spot.
This time, he hit much better and aided by a slight deflection, the shot landed in the back of the Polonia net.
Stirling Rangers had to use stand-in keeper Jeremy Staude but his defenders ensured he was called upon little during the game, none more than Eh Hso, who read the game beautifully in the heart of the Stirling defence and thwarted many of Polonia’s attacks. The longer the game went on, the more game plans for both sides went out the window.
Stirling had a gilt-edged opportunity to score a second late in the match when the Polonia keeper’s save was deflected directly towards Ellie Senior.
Luckily for Polonia, the ball was parried just the wrong side of Senior, with her momentum taking her the wrong way and she was unable to get her foot to the ball.
The result has left the league beautifully balanced for when the two play on the last game of the season in a winner-takes-all contest.
Polonia have a far superior goal difference but with head to head taking priority, a win for either side will see them take the title.
Rovers and John Calvin drew 3-3, Royals prevailed over Grammar Red 7-4 and Denmark beat Grammar Blue 5-3.