Raiders bite Red­backs for ti­tle

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Andy Long­more

Mar­garet River Raiders have de­feated Bus­sel­ton Red­backs 2-0 for this year’s Youth League Boys’ ti­tle.

The Mar­garet River boys were con­fi­dent be­fore the game and be­lieved they could bring the ti­tle back to the town af­ter a few years’ ab­sence.

The Raiders be­gan to show a bit more hunger for the ball and prom­ise early on, cre­at­ing the first few real at­tacks.

Mid­way through the first half, Travis O’Shea won the ball in the air with a tow­er­ing header over a big­ger op­po­nent and sent the ball to the feet of Cal­lum Steven­son, who laid off a great pass to Nick Ga­man.

He found space on his right and took the ball into the box, then smashed home a shot to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. The sec­ond half saw more of a fight from both teams, with the large crowd en­joy­ing the tus­sle.

Bus­sel­ton started to show some fight, and with­out some great keep­ing from the River goalie and fine tack­les from Ryan Goh-Ed­wards and Alis­ter White in de­fence, the score­line could have changed eas­ily.

As the clock ticked into the fi­nal 10 min­utes, Ethan Hamil­ton, with some of the best skill he has ever shown, man­aged to beat three Bus­sel­ton play­ers and pass off to An­gus Dowd­ing.

Dowd­ing hit a shot from out­side the 18-yard box into the top cor­ner, leav­ing the Red­backs goalie no chance to save. This was a crack­ing shot to win the game and the league for the FMR Raiders.

The Mar­garet River boys hope to top off their vic­tory when they take on MacKil­lop Magik in the cup fi­nal in Bus­sel­ton to­mor­row at noon.

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