Spirited John Calvin hang on for draw with Rangers
Stirling Rangers were hoping to keep the pressure on tabletoppers Polonia in the Albany Junior Soccer Association under-14s competition when they played John Calvin last Saturday.
Stirling Rangers were dominant in possession, pressing forward at every opportunity and it wasn’t a matter of if they scored, but when.
Surprisingly, it took until midway through the first half for them to get in front when a ball landed to Henry Goldsmith, who drilled the ball home from the top of the box.
Despite the one-sided nature of the first half, Rangers couldn’t add to their total before the break.
Early in the second half, Tully Franklin doubled the scoreline and then it looked like the flood gates were about to open.
Megan Orr had the ball in the back of the net when she pounced on a shot that bounced back off the upright, but the goal was disallowed as she was in an offside position when the shot was originally played.
John Calvin had been outplayed but they showed great spirit and refused to give up, so when a miskick happened
from a Rangers defender, they were alert and Travis Plug took the opportunity and sprinted through, slotting the ball home.
Rangers then started to panic as they were finding it hard to penetrate the John Calvin defence and Rangers were camped in the John Calvin half, leaving space behind the Rangers’ defence.
A lofted ball clear over the top of the Rangers’ defence into the space, and with only their second chance of the game, they got an equaliser through Maddison T’Hart.
Stirling were unable to find the winner and John Calvin hung on to a 2-2 draw that their effort and spirited performance deserved.
Stirling Rangers may live to regret not taking their chances as their rivals Polonia secured all the points with a 9-0 victory against Rovers.
Grammar earned all the points, beating Denmark 7-0,
and moving within two points of third-placed John Calvin.
In the under-15s, the top two sides played the bottom two teams and there were no surprises as both Polonia and Port Albany comfortably earned all the points in their matches against Denmark and Grammar.
With Caledonians, AlbanyBayswater and Port Albany all level on nine points each at the start of the day there was much to play for when Caledonians played Albany-Bayswater.
It was an even match in terms of possession and opportunities, but Albany-Bayswater were able to convert more of the chances to take a 4-1 win that moves them into third place behind Port Albany but level on points.
Stirling Rangers and John Calvin played a real seesawing affair, with John Calvin taking the spoils 3-2 in an entertaining match.
Stirling Rangers' Ronan Stoner and John Calvin's Alyssa Schoof contest the ball.
John Calvin goalkeeper Keaton Dekker saves a certain goal.
John Calvin's Corey Plug takes control.
Stirling Rangers' Tom Wright gets the ball past John Calvin's Alyssa Schoof.
Stirling Rangers' Ehku runs onto the ball.