Juniors give their all on pitch
John Calvin have been a tricky opponent all season in the Albany Junior Soccer Association under-13s competition and a couple of sides have almost come unstuck against them.
They took Polonia into extra time in the cup competition recently, making them work hard for the win, and last Saturday faced top-of-the-table Stirling Rangers who, if they could earn a victory against John Calvin, would have secured the league title.
The first half went to form, where possession was almost all with Stirling Rangers.
But despite all the possession, they were having a great deal of trouble getting past the John Calvin defence.
When they did penetrate the defence they weren’t able to get past Keaton Dekker, who created an optical illusion to make himself twice the size he actually was to keep denying Stirling Rangers.
It was only a matter of time, however, and eventually Stirling Rangers’ most dangerous threat, Henry Goldsmith, broke through and was able to get one into the back of the net.
It was as much relief as it was joy because Stirling knew just how hard they had worked to earn that goal. But in the
second half John Calvin, instead of lying down, came out and really took it to their opponents.
The longer Rangers hung on to the lead, the deeper they fell and there was real hope John Calvin were going to nick a goal and force a winner-takesall match between Stirling Rangers and Polonia the following week.
Travis Plug was tireless in midfield and it was Hannah van der Schaaf who scored from close range.
The goal was met with huge
celebrations and showed just how much it meant to John Calvin to get a result and still be an important part of what has been an exciting league.
John Calvin gave Polonia the result they required after they comfortably beat Rovers 4-0.
Stirling Rangers and Polonia will meet for the league title this weekend and then the cup the following week.
Albany Primary appeared a little flat despite plenty being on the line in their under-12s league match against Grammar. Yakamia players, who had a bye, were on the sidelines trying to lift Albany Primary given they needed them to win to have any hope of silverware this season.
The support was definitely behind Albany Primary to keep the title race alive but it was one of those days when it just wasn’t happening for them.
There was a glimmer of hope when, after they went 1-0 down, Albany Primary’s player of the season Escher Nash equalised.
It took Grammar all of 30 seconds to get a second and about the same time again to grab a third to stamp their authority on the match.
With two more in the second half, a 5-1 victory was nothing less than Grammar deserved.
If Yakamia beat Albany Primary next weekend they will finish level on points with Grammar, but Grammar lead the head-to-head race between the pair and will finish league champions.
In the under-14s action, Stirling Rangers beat Denmark 4-1, Polonia defeated Bayswater 5-1 and Denmark White were too strong for Caledonians Red 6-2.
Caledonians Blue and Port Albany played out a scoreless draw while Grammar prevailed 2-1 over ACC Southlands.
Caledonians' Owen Harvey dives to make a save. Photos available at westpix.com.au
Denmark's Ollie Goodwill-Buczack runs his side out of defence.
Denmark's Ewan Maisey works his way through traffic.
Caledonians' Damion Turner on the attack.
Caledonians' James Penson tackles Denmark's Ewan Maisey.