Rangers dig deep to take tough win over Polo­nia

Albany Extra - - Sport | Extra -

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.

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