Ju­niors give their all on pitch

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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.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

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.

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