Raiders hold on to take cup

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport -

The Foot­ball Mar­garet River youth league boys took out the hotly con­tested cup fi­nal on Satur­day, with the Raiders beat­ing the MacKil­lop Magik 1-0.

It was a tough and tense af­fair in front of a big crowd, full of many who trekked to Bus­sel­ton to sup­port the Mar­garet River boys in their quest to win the league and cup dou­ble.

This game was only ever go­ing to be de­cided by a goal or two as they had played out a 1-1 re­sult in their last en­counter.

The Raiders were un­lucky not to take an early lead when Don­nie Long­more cut in from the side and had his shot saved by the MacKil­lop keeper.

But mid­way through the first half, the River boys took a de­served lead when An­gus Dowd­ing split the de­fence with a beau­ti­ful ball, which Nick Ga­man got on to with a well­timed run and shot low into the cor­ner. Raiders’ Jar­rah Webb and Jye Hal­sall con­tin­ued with solid chal­lenges, try­ing to cre­ate move­ment out of the mid­field.

MacKil­lop had a few chances in the lat­ter stages of the half, but the Raiders’ back­line and Jykia River in goal held tight.

The sec­ond half was a bat­tle, with both teams cre­at­ing chances.

With MacKil­lop con­tin­u­ing for­ward pres­sure, it was down to Liam Mat­tin­son, Ryan Goh-Ed­wards and Bren­ton Teb­butt, who stood firm.

An amaz­ing goal­mouth scram­ble was the high­light of the game, with the Raiders for­tu­nate to come out on top.

Mar­garet River had some stand-out per­for­mances, but it was Travis O’Shea and cap­tain Ali White who led by ex­am­ple and put their bod­ies on the line, as they have done all sea­son.

Luke Har­ney, Ethan Hamil­ton, Nick Ga­man and Bren­ton Hamil­ton all played their last game for the Raiders.

The Foot­ball Mar­garet River Raiders cel­e­brate their 2017 cup win.

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