Yakamia fail to nail golden opportunities
It was a rather one-sided affair in the top-of-the table Albany Junior Soccer Association under-12s match between Yakamia and Great Southern Grammar last Saturday.
Level on points at the top both sides were looking for a win but it was Yakamia who came out with the attacking intent.
In the first half Yakamia thought they had gone in front when a shot was saved by Grammars keeper when he pushed it up on to the underside of the crossbar, only for it to the bounce agonisingly the wrong side of the goal line and back out.
Grammar managed to hold on and went into the break 0-0 and in the second half Yakamia missed a score of golden chances.
Zachary Cash was dominating the midfield and fed through some beautiful balls to the usual lethal Leif Wright who hit the woodwork twice.
With 10 minutes to go Grammar had their first real opportunity when Sebastian Goodwin was through in the penalty area, only for Zachary Jones to slide in and cleanly take the ball in a well-timed goal saving tackle.
Two more opportunities fell to Yakamia but they failed to convert and the match finished a 0-0 draw.
The result has left Albany Primary with a real opportunity to leapfrog them both if they can get a result against Grammar this Saturday.
Port Albany have clawed their way back into a position where they can win the under-14s title if they can continue their winning form.
They say defences win leagues and the key to their success has been their watertight defence with Jacques Swarts and Tom Gawned only leaking three goals all season.
Port played Albany Bayswater in a toughly fought first-half battle in which Port took a 2-0 lead.
In the second half Bayswater tired and allowed Port to relax and play more flowing football.
Charlie Walters was able to score a second half hat-trick to help his side to a 5-0 win.
Polonia were expecting a tougher battle against Caledonians Blue in their chase for the title. Caledonians Blue were missing one of their key centre-backs and their keeper had a broken finger which gave Polonia an advantage before the match had begun.
Caledonians battled hard but it was Polonia who were taking all their chances running away with the match 6-1.
If Port Albany can beat Caledonians Blue in a fortnight it will set up a winner-takes-all clash in the last league game of the season.
John Calvin's Corey Plug and Southlands' Daniel Hadlow run onto the ball.
Southlands goalkeeper Kobey Hart-Martin.
Southlands' Beau Lear and John Calvin's Ebony Van Burgel.
Southlands' Ewen Poole clears from defence.