Yakamia fail to nail golden op­por­tu­ni­ties

Albany Extra - - Extra | Sport -

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.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

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.

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