Port’s press­ing strat­egy un­rav­els

Albany Extra - - Sport -

A spec­tac­u­lar goal was of lit­tle con­so­la­tion to Port Al­bany in a hard-to-swal­low loss against Great South­ern Gram­mar in the Al­bany Ju­nior Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion un­der-18 com­pe­ti­tion last Satur­day.

The game started at an in­tense pace, with Port opt­ing for a press­ing game that re­quired high lev­els of fit­ness.

Daniel Lee opened the scor­ing early for Gram­mar but be­cause it was early in the game, Port were able to keep up the press­ing game and the score was soon can­celled out by Tyler Scamozzi. With scores

level again, Port were play­ing on adren­a­line and self-be­lief.

They were hun­gry for the ball and late in the first half earned a cor­ner which was only par­tially headed clear, where it bounced to the edge of the penalty area and to the ac­ro­batic Oliver Trichilo.

There was still much to do and as the ball came down, Trichilo was

able to jump and ro­tate his body par­al­lel to the ground, and a side­ways scis­sor kick with real power sent the ball straight into the back of the Gram­mar net.

In the sec­ond half, the press­ing game was tak­ing its toll on Port, who were without sub­sti­tutes.

Ethan Wat­son, in­stead of want­ing to run with the ball at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, was begin­ning to pass the ball to the wings, and by stretch­ing the game, Port be­gan to tire.

Gram­mar first equalised and were then awarded a penalty for an an­kle-tap in the area and the re­sult­ing penalty was con­verted by Wat­son.

The game was now slip­ping from Port, who did have a golden chance to equalise, but the re­sult­ing shot went straight into the keeper’s arms as Gram­mar then sealed the win with a fi­nal goal to take a wellde­served 4-2 win.

In the other un­der-18s match, Polo­nia Red scored two goals in each half for a 4-0 win against John Calvin. In the un­der-12s, Bethel over­whelmed Mt Lock­yer in the first half by scor­ing four goals.

Bethel then scored a fifth at the start of the sec­ond half be­fore Mt Lock­yer be­gan the most un­likely of come­backs.

Two goals by Kay­den Collins and two by Liam Ver­sluis lev­elled the match be­fore a late goal by Jar­rah Car­tledge helped Bethel score an en­ter­tain­ing 6-5 win.

In the other ju­nior fix­tures, Al­bany Glory, John Calvin, Gram­mar Blue, Mt Barker and Den­mark all recorded com­fort­able vic­to­ries.

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